Moel Sych

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By pistolrider on 17/01/14 at 10:28pm

Hills walked:
Moel Sych (Hewitt, Nuttall, County Top - Historic, County Top - Current County and Unitary Authority, Sim, and Tump)
Date started:13/01/2014
Distance:6.4 km or 4.0 miles
Ascent:532m or 1745ft
Start OSGB:SJ074295
Time taken:3:00

Having had a bad day, the day before, I decided to play it safe and do a hill I knew, so I drove round to Tan y Pystll, for an ascent of Moel Sych. I have done Moel Sych on numerous occasions, so decided to go off the beaten track and follow the stream up hill via sheep tracks of which there are many. I parked about 300mtrs below the waterfall and walked up to the café for a better view of the highest waterfall in England and Wales (250ft)

I walked up the path to the top of the waterfall and took the path above Afon Disgynfa, I then turned up Nant y Cerrig-Duon, into Cwm Rhiwiau. The ground was fairly rough but the sheep tracks were plentiful, as I continued towards the summit. At 660 mtrs I took this photo of a lone pine. I thought this must be the highest tree on the mountain but spotted a tree at about 730 mtrs in the distance, which I could not be bothered to visit.


I eventually joined the path at 770 mtrs and made my way to the summit. The clag was down but I thought I must have a photo of the summit cairn.


I walked back down the well trodden ridge path (uneventfully) towards the waterfall. Looking back I could see the valley I had followed on the way up.


I went to visit the top of the waterfall as I wanted to take a photo from the top. I could not stand close to the edge, so with outstretched arms I took the photo below.


Please note the first half of this walk is not on a footpath and is rough and hard work.

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