Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor

Superb views of sea and valley

Rhosydd Quarry opened in 1840 and employed some 200 men. Since closing in 1930, the ruined buildings have become dangerous an unstable. Whilst a fascinating place to wander and imagine, best stay out of the buildings and tunnels.


Route outline for walk gw173:

- Croesor  -   Croesor Bach  -   Cnicht  -   Cnicht (North Top)  -   Llyn Yr Adar  -   Afon Cwm-y-foel  -   Llyn Cwm-corsiog  -   Clogwyn Birth  -   Rhosydd Quarry  -   Moel-yr-hydd  -   Moelwyn Mawr (North Ridge Top)  -   Moelwyn Mawr  -   Craigysgafn  -   Bwlch Stwlan  -   Moelwyn Bach  -   Croesor.



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

Rhosydd Quarry opened in 1840 and employed some 200 men. Since closing in 1930, the ruined buildings have become dangerous and unstable. Whilst a fascinating place to wander and imagine, best stay out of the buildings and tunnels.

Cnicht is often referred to as the 'Welsh Matterhorn' due to its shape, particularly when viewed from Croesor. Cnicht means 'Knight' and is pronounced 'k-neecht'.


Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
4
Welsh
Mountains
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 Welsh Nuttalls
6
Welsh
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
Welsh
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Welsh
Marilyn
Bridget
0
Bridgets

The highest point of this walk is Moelwyn Mawr at 770m (2527ft). Moelwyn Mawr is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (43rd highest in Wales, 102nd highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. ). Moelwyn Mawr is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (53rd in Wales, 125th in England & Wales). Moelwyn Mawr is classified as a Marilyn (19th highest in Wales, 446th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Moelwyn Bach, 710m (2330ft). Moelwyn Bach is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (65th highest in Wales, 160th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. ). Moelwyn Bach is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (83rd in Wales, 201st in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Cnicht, 689m (2261ft). Cnicht is often referred to as the Welsh Matterhorn. When viewed from the village of Croesor and the south-west, Cnicht appears to be a perfect pyramid shaped mountain that resembles the Matterhorn on the border between Italy and Switzerland. Cnicht is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (75th highest in Wales, 186th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. ). Cnicht is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (95th in Wales, 241st in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag Craigysgafn, 689m (2261ft) - a Welsh Nuttall (96th Wal, 242nd Eng & Wal); Cnicht (North Top) 686m (2251ft) - a Welsh Nuttall (99th Wal, 247th Eng & Wal); Moel-yr-hydd 648m (2127ft) - a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (105th Wal, 252nd Eng & Wal) and a Welsh Nuttall (141st Wal, 336th Eng & Wal) and Moelwyn Mawr (North Ridge Top) 646m (2120ft) .


For more details about what constitutes a Mountain and Mountain & Hill Classifications see: Peaks & Mountains.

For more details about peak bagging and how to record your achievements see: Peak Bagging.


This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL17
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 115
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor

In no particular order . . .

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl), Y Lliwedd (foreground) and Crib Gochrom from near Llyn yr Adar

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl), Y Lliwedd (foreground) and Crib Gochrom from near Llyn yr Adar

Photo: Gerald Murphy (33)

Terry on the summit of Cnicht

Terry on the summit of Cnicht

Photo: Terry Merrington (3)

Croesor Quarry from Rhosydd Quarry

Croesor Quarry from Rhosydd Quarry

Photo: Steve Unwin (5)

Llyn Stwlan from Moelwyn Mawr

Llyn Stwlan from Moelwyn Mawr

Photo: Martin Talbot (23)

Me on Cnicht with Moel-yr-hydd (left) and Moelwyn Mawr (right) in the background

Me on Cnicht with Moel-yr-hydd (left) and Moelwyn Mawr (right) in the background

Photo: Lynne Whittaker (1)

Craigysgafn and Moelwyn Bach from the summit of Moelwyn Mawr

Craigysgafn and Moelwyn Bach from the summit of Moelwyn Mawr

Photo: Martin Talbot (31)

Cnicht Summit

Cnicht Summit

Photo: Gerald Murphy (21)

Cnicht - aka The Welsh Matterhorn - from Croesor

Cnicht - aka The Welsh Matterhorn - from Croesor

Photo: Martin Talbot (2)

Llyn y Biswail with Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) in the distance from the summit of Cnicht (North Top)

Llyn y Biswail with Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) in the distance from the summit of Cnicht (North Top)

Photo: Martin Talbot (11)

Moelwyn Mawr (North Ridge Top) and Moelwyn Mawr from Cnicht

Moelwyn Mawr (North Ridge Top) and Moelwyn Mawr from Cnicht

Photo: Gerald Murphy (23)


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