The Tarrens

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By SheepFarmer on 23/10/21 at 7:05pm (last edited 23/10/21 at 7:20pm)

Hills walked:
Mynydd Rhyd-galed (Dodd, Dewey, and Tump)
Mynydd Rhyd-galed East Top (Tump)
Tarrenhendre (Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, HuMP, Clem, Sim, and Tump)
Tarren Cwm-ffernol (Dodd, Dewey, and Tump)
Ffridd-yr-Ychen (Clem and Tump)
Date started:23/06/2021
Distance:30.4 km or 18.9 miles
Ascent:1292m or 4239ft
Descent:1297m or 4255ft
Start OSGB:SH694003
Time taken:9:20

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I did this walk back in June.

The Tarrens are a range of rolling green hills that are little known & therefore frequented just North of the Dyfi estuary and it was back the end of June that I did this walk, during it I passed no others walkers but saw a couple turn down to Aberdyfi from the coast path & what were a few dog walkers in the fields near the end.

The forecast was for a reasonable day but there was a misty haze as I walked the ridge that turned to drizzle later on but it was still warm & I went in for evaporation. I didn’t go to the highest of The Tarrens, that on maps is surrounded by forestry but I could see that it had been more recently felled. The high point on my walk was Tarrenhendre from which I slowly dropped following the ridge into a valley before a short steep up the hill the other side & extending more towards Aberdyfi before turning back along the coast path

Pic 1

Near Pennal-Isaf looking ahead

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¼ mile on & I got my first glimpse on the walk of the Dyfi Estuary

Pic 3

Deviating off path to the top of Mynydd Cefn-caer for more of a view over the snaking Afon Dyfi & the beginning of it’s estuary

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I took the hard route straight up off path to the top of Mynydd Rhydd Galed to get the view of Tarrenhendre

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Approaching the summit of Tarrenhendre & looking back where I’d been & the chopped by cloud summit of Tarren Y Gesail the highest one.

Pic 6

The true summit of Tarrenhendre not the larger cairn on the bend in the path

Pic 7

The false summit cairn of Tarrenhendre

Pic 8

The fence I'd been following along the ridge goes on down & then up

Pic 9

From Tarren Rhosfarch looking a bit West,

Pic 10

Looking on to Trum Gelli & it’s 2 large cairns showing even at a long distance

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One of the massive cairns on Trum Gelli, I estimated them at 10ft high.

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Leaving Trum Gelli summit the view on over the Bearded Lake nestled up in the hills with the estuary beyond

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Hidden is the valley I'd to cross, with my target the hills in the mid distance

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Having crossed the Happy Valley as it was called & looking back where I’d come on the hills on the skyline

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As I went back up I saw more round to the hills at my start

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From my turning point & the furthest west on my walk, the Dyfi Estuary & odd houses on the outskirts of Aberdyfi just being visible.

Pic 17

Walking the coast path part & the drizzle & mist obliterated things and continued as I went onto what's labelled the Panorama Walk on OS maps but not for me.

Pic 18

Improvements to the “path” it’s actually a green lane so probably gets 4x4’s, but I was grateful for it looking at the type of ground around me.

Pic 19

Having finished my walk I drove to Aberdyfi where I sat in my vehicle whilst eating fish & chips on the beach on the car park.

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