Aran Fawddwy & Aran Benllyn from the north

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By SheepFarmer on 15/11/21 at 8:13am (last edited 01/12/21 at 8:01am)

Hills walked:
Garth Fawr (Tump)
Pen-aran (deleted Nuttall)
Aran Benllyn (Hewitt, Nuttall, High Hill of Britain, Sim, and Tump)
Erw y Ddafad-ddu (Hewitt, Nuttall, High Hill of Britain, Sim, and Tump)
Aran Fawddwy (Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, HuMP, High Hill of Britain, Clem, County Top - Historic, Sim, and Tump)
Date started:23/09/2021
Distance:19.2 km or 11.9 miles
Ascent:1072m or 3517ft
Descent:1073m or 3520ft
Start OSGB:SH879297
Time taken:9:10

This is my northern walk on the main Aran ridge starting at the Snowdonia National Park car park at Llanuwchllyn and included the 3 highest of the Arans, Aran Fawddwy, Aran Benllyn & Erw y Ddafad-ddu and was an out & pretty much back the same way.

The forecast was for some early light rain that was supposed to have gone through before I started & then heading into very good visability, but I did hit a shower later on on my assent but also I walked up into the cloud again, however after the previous weeks experience I’d planned the walk with excess time & still get back to my vehicle with about a hour of daylight left. In the event I got to the summit of Aran Fawddwy with 1 hr as the excess, of which I spent 3/4hr hunkered down in rocks against the cold wind before things started to clear & then fully clear but still hazy for far distance so no view to the Irish mountains or Scafell Pike that the peak identifier app I was using showed.

Because of the lack of views on the outward leg I stuck to the path & fence whereas on the backward leg I deviated out & up to the tops of multiple hills / rises to get the view, although this meant heading off path & tromping through the heather was hard going.

GPS Track

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On my outward leg near Moel Ddu the cloud was being forced up & over the hills ahead.

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After my wait things cleared, the trig pillar at the summit.

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From the summit the view west with the Rhinogs centre pic

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the view S

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the view E

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the view NE

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the view N

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Aran Benllyn & Llyn Tegid/Bala Lake

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In the col between Aran Fawddwy & Erw y Ddafed Ddu, the view of Erw y Ddafed Ddu

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About 2/3 the way up Erw y Ddafed Ddu, Aran Fawddwy & the Drysgol ridge bounding Creiglyn Dyfi below

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Ditto location but the cairn on Erw y Ddafed Ddu & the view NE

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Ditto general location but out by the edge & showing how Craiglynn Dyfi is hidden away in the landscape

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A bit N of the summit of Erw y Ddafed Ddu, the rocky cliff face of Aran Benllyn

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The view from the top of Aran Benllyn back to Aran Fawddwy

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The view NW to Arenig Fawr (centre pic) from Aran Benllyn

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The sky pool of Llyn Pen Aran & Llyn Tegid/ Bala Lake in the distance from Aran Benllyn

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Just before starting the drop off Aran Benllyn, Another water body Llyn Lliwbran below the escarpment of the slowly dropping ridge

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Nearing the end of the walk the view back from the top of Garth Fawr to where I’d been & it looked like Aran Fawddwy was back in cloud.

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A cheat pic in that I’d finished my walk & driven here to eat my fish & chips whilst looking south down Llyn Tegid/ Bala Lake to where I’d been

By TallPaul on 15/11/21 at 8:16am

No stats again I see. I've been digging into this (it's deep and subtle and intermittent - for example Jandy's post was fine). I think I've worked out what's going on but I'm still not 100% certain yet. The good news is that I think I can restore your missing data when I upload the fix.

By SheepFarmer on 15/11/21 at 8:22am (last edited 15/11/21 at 8:22am)

Paul, It showed fine for the initial composition in preview, hence the screen shot I took just in case, but editing to insert that there was no walk data showing in preview as well. I can't remember the precise details but it seems like what was happening last year.

By TallPaul on 15/11/21 at 8:41am

Thanks for that. That ties up with what what I think is going on.

Would I also be right in thinking that you'd already uploaded the GPX to the GPS mapping app before you uploaded it to the forum?

By SheepFarmer on 25/11/21 at 12:35pm (last edited 26/11/21 at 12:34pm)


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