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Moelwynion Wild Camp – Llynnoedd Cwn

By Dave Roberts   

on July 7, 2011    5/5 (1)

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Moelwynion Wild Camp – Llynnoedd Cwn

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Moelwynion Wild Camp – Llynnoedd Cwn

It’s been summer followed by autumn this weekend, and this trip got the best of both. I’d walked all of the route, bar the initial approach before, but I was yet to string the entire range into one trip. The only peaks that I missed out were Duman, Allt Fawr and Moel Meirch which would only necessitate a small detour for the determined bagger. Setting off from Maentwrog, I took the long way up to the Moelwynion, via Llyn Mair, in some of the best weather this summer. I was pleasantly surprised that there was a caff at Tan y Bwlch station, so thought it would be rude not to stop and make use of it even if i’d only walked for 30 mins. It was an ideal stop to restock as well as it was much warmer than I’d anticipated and I certainly didn’t have enough water on me.

It was then up and over the Moelwynion, where I saw people in the distance, but passed very few. Not surprising on a Monday afternoon on these hills. Moel yr Hydd was finally bagged before a failed attempt at following the Rhosydd-Llyn yr Adar path. Scrambler bike damage make it difficult to follow in places. It was then over Cnicht, the final summit of the day, before contouring across to Llynnoedd Cwn on Ysgafell Wen for the night where I bumped into the first group of people of the day wild camping on their own private Llyn Cwn. This has to be one of the better wild camping spots I’ve used. It’s got a superb view (across from Nantlle, Wyddfa to the Glyderau), plenty of flat ground and water. It’s also got some shelter, depending on wind direction. You can also choose your own private lake if there are others camping nearby, and I think i’d been left with the choice spot. I got thinking of the times I’d wild camped at Llyn yr Adar without knowing this was a kilometer away.

I got to test out the Shangri-la 3, a tipi tent that if nothing else, looks striking. It’s a huge tent for one, ideal for 2 and impractical for the officially recommended 3 persons. Even so, it comes in at well under 2Kg and my entire pack for the trip was under 9 kilos for everything except water, which included the Paramo waterproofs that were carried on day 1.

The original forecast had been for a crappy afternoon, but an early start would mean i’d avoid the worst. Of course, that changed and the Met Office now said it would rain from dawn onwards, so I decided against an early start. Of course, I should have gone with my gut instincts as the morning was reasonable enough, with the rain and wind not really kicking in until lunchtime. Of course, by then I was struggling up the flanks of Siabod and into the worst of it.

I did finally arrive in Capel, and decided that the tourist path has to be one of the worst paths in Snowdonia and that next time I’d descend the north-east ridge or Daear Du to Pont Cyfyng. There’s even an interesting little path shown on the map that leaves the forest in order to cross open country and the NE Ridge.

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1 thought on “Moelwynion Wild Camp – Llynnoedd Cwn”

  1. Nice article Dave. Spot on with Llynnau’r Cwn, excellent view down to Dolwyddelan also.

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