Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cadair Berwyn & Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

This walk starts and finishes next to the Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall which has a 240ft drop one of the largest in the UK and is a very impressive sight in full flow the sound of the water crashing on the rocks below can be heard from quite a distance. This is a very beautiful yet secluded spot with only one road in and out terminating at the Tan-y-Pistyll café car park, A café is never a bad place to start/finish a walk and this one offers a patio with a view of the waterfall which is a great place to return to and enjoy a cuppa and slice of cake after a good walk in the hills, but I’m getting ahead of myself first a walk needed to be done before we earned some cake.

After a quick view of the lower area of the waterfall we (my family accompanied me on this walk) headed north following the very distinctive path heading along the Nant y Llyn valley under Cerrig Poethion to Llyn Lluncaws. Once at the lake we stopped for some refreshments before tackling the steep walk up the ridge which gained height rapidly up onto Craig y Llyn. The saddle on the ridge between the two summits of Moel Sych and Cadair Berwyn was very boggy to say the least.

Cadair Berwyn has two tops the south top being the highest point of the whole Berwyn range at 830m and the north top at 827m has the trig point. After a quick visit to both we settled down in the wind shelter and enjoyed our pack lunch before heading back across the wet boggy ground to Moel Sych, however the clear view across to Snowdonia made the trudge bearable. In fact it took my mind of the bog so much so that I did not look where I was going and went ankle deep in soggy black peat, nice!

Moel Sych summit is a cross roads of boggy footpaths and fences, I can imagine in poor weather taking the wrong path would be an easy mistake to make so a quick bearing check could be a wise move in those circumstances. We set off south following the fence line down off the ridge back towards Pistyll Rhaeadr; this was a straight forward but long descent crossing the fence line at a couple of points. We eventually reached a wall where a gate and path leads you through the trees to the top of the waterfall you can and I did stand right at the very top and gingerly peer over the edge… wow! What a spectacle! Just be careful and sensible with kids it is a great sight to witness but a bit of common sense is required when close to the edge.
Now what was I saying earlier about earning some cake, I think we all deserved some cake especially my kids so we rewarded ourselves accordingly J

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