It was a bit of a surprise to find 14 tents in a large group and one lone chap a little further round. The midges were out and Mike wore his net. I thought it was a bit excessive. I personally think he had hair rollers in.
We retired shortly afterward and i slept with the tent outer door full open. It was a warm night and i used the full zip of the sleeping bag in the open position, acting like a quilt. The insulation in the Exped UL7 being enough to keep me warm.
I was hoping to watch the stars during the night but it clouded over.
I awoke to the smell of sausages cooking and before i got my porridge sorted Mike said "have some of these as we need to cook them today". Never being one to refuse a good offer, i obliged, obviously.
Unfortunately in the excitement, the bacon was forgotten. But i enjoyed them washed down with my morning brew of ginger, lemon and honey tea.
Our path today was the Minffordd track which is gained by heading up to the Lyn on the LHS, then as you approach a flat grassy area with a large 45 degree slab boulder, the path turns 90 degree south and steeply upwards.
Mike decided it was too good an opportunity to show us he’s still 15 yrs old really.
Reaching the first level point is a good place to stop and take in the views south, glacial Tal-Y-Lyn, the valley through to Machynlleth and the steep north side of Graig Goch take the eye.
Lyn Cau and the southern slopes of Penygadair.
Lyn Cau and Panygadair
The view south west over Graig Goch from the Minffordd track.
Although undulating, the way upwards is relatively easy and fun can be had along the way with some scrambling on easy outcrops. (Don’t do this at home it can be dangerous). At one point Mike thought he had bitten off more than he could chew.
Mike being 15 again.
Waiting while Mike reclaimed his youth and getting safely down i had a faff with the camera, just as the roar of the RAF planes flying very low level screeched past. The pilots must have been having a great time throwing those aircraft from one side to the other. The planes looked like they were F22 Raptor with the dual tails. It was just great watching. Luckily they did a second pass and so camera faff over i did manage to capture a shot. Not good enough to post though.
Looking back up to where we were heading, the top of Craig Y Cau, we could see quite a few people already in situ. For a Monday it was quite busy.
Craig Y Cau, 761 metres, bathed in sunshine. This the back of Idris’s chair from folklore.
Idris, in Mythology is supposed to be a giant who lived up here.
Lyn Cau from the summit of Craig y Cau. The boundry fence stopping in mid air. So don’t handrail here or the plunge is about 400 metres.
The summit was quite a busy place and it was here that the elders of the group camping at the Lyn were met. The kids in groups of 5 had gone off earlier in a different direction. All to meet up later.
It could well have been DofE but i didn’t ask.
Penygadair 893 metres, from Craig Y Cau
Our next top at the end of Craig Cwm Amarch. 766 metres.
View south from spot height 766 metres with Tal y Lyn in the valley.
Looking back at Craig Y Cau (Right) and Penygadair (Left) from spot height 766M.
Mike duly got out the marker pen and did an in air large tick. He was having difficulty remembering if it was 23 or 24 more to go until he had completed all the Marilyns, Hewitts, Nuttalls, Herberts or Wally’s, i’m not sure which and i’m not getting into the tick thing. But Mike was very pleased. Bless him.
So there was only Penygadair to go, on our ramble. A fence line follows the ridge of Craig Cwm Amarch but we didn’t want to head back to Craig Y Cau. Over the stile and on the north side of the ridge we contoured North east until we picked up the wide track up to Penygadair.
The back of Idris’s chair with the soggy seat.
Craig Y Cau from the approach to Penygadair
Craig Y Cau and the Minffordd track from summit of Penygadair
Mike at summit about to get the marker pen out before realising it already had a tick on it.
It would be good place in stormy weather though. I presume it had it’s origins with the survey teams but that’s a guess.
A climber can be seen in the centre of the photo. (Red top.)
Cyfrwy Arete taken without telephoto lens.
And below the Arete is Lyn y Gadair.
Our scramble route down from Penygadair.
We could have gone over to Mynydd Moel again and followed the fence line down as per yesterday but there is a path lower down, not on OS maps but clear on the ground. This contours the Cwm and arrives at a stile at around 750 metres. Then it’s the steep rough track down into the valley to cross Nant Cadair.
I’m not sure what Mike and Dawn had for tea but i had Adventure Foods Mince Hotpot. Lots of potato and the mince was compacted like meatballs but the size of chick peas, there was also diced carrot, onion and herbs. It was ok, edible, tasty even but not as good as the previous nights meal.
There again, it was a bit cheaper and i have no complaints at £4.50.
I still had some whisky left but Mike had, well none left. Being a good Samaritan i offered Mike half of it. I hate to see grown men cry.
Another superb days walk.