Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor

Superb views of sea and valley


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'.


Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on 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

Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

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, 103rd highest in England & Wales) Moelwyn Mawr is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (54th highest in Wales, 127th highest in England & Wales) and a Welsh Marilyn (19th highest in Wales, 448th highest in the UK). Moelwyn Mawr means 'Big White Bare Hill' in Welsh. The summit of Moelwyn Mawr is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Moelwyn Bach at 710m (2330ft). Moelwyn Bach is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (64th highest in Wales, 159th highest in England & Wales) Moelwyn Bach is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (83rd highest in Wales, 201st highest in England & Wales). Moelwyn Bach means 'Small White Bare Hill' in Welsh. The summit of Moelwyn Bach is marked by a cairn.

You will also reach the summit of Craigysgafn at 689m (2263ft). Craigysgafn is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (94th highest in Wales, 238th highest in England & Wales). Craigysgafn means 'Pile of Rocks' in Welsh.

Along the way you will also bag:


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Some Photos and Pictures from Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor

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Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Moelwyn Mawr from the track across Croesor Bach

Moelwyn Mawr from the track across Croesor Bach

Photo: Martin Talbot (5)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Ruined winding gear tower on Bwlch Stwlan

Ruined winding gear tower on Bwlch Stwlan

Photo: Martin Talbot (34)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Moelwyn Bach from Bwlch Stwlan

Moelwyn Bach from Bwlch Stwlan

Photo: Steve Unwin (12)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - 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)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Blaenau Ffestiniog from Moelwyn Bach

Blaenau Ffestiniog from Moelwyn Bach

Photo: Gerald Murphy (36)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Moelwyn Mawr from the summit of Cnicht - the Welsh Matterhorn

Moelwyn Mawr from the summit of Cnicht - the Welsh Matterhorn

Photo: Martin Talbot (8)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - The north-west ridge of Molewyn Mawr from the summit of Moelwyn Mawr

The north-west ridge of Molewyn Mawr from the summit of Moelwyn Mawr

Photo: Martin Talbot (26)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Cnicht Summit

Cnicht Summit

Photo: Gerald Murphy (21)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Carole approaching the final scramble up to the summit of Cnicht

Carole approaching the final scramble up to the summit of Cnicht

Photo: Terry Merrington (5)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Tremadoc Bay/Bae Tremadog from the summit of Moelwyn Mawr

Tremadoc Bay/Bae Tremadog from the summit of Moelwyn Mawr

Photo: Martin Talbot (30)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Terry and Carole on the summit of Cnicht

Terry and Carole on the summit of Cnicht

Photo: Terry Merrington (4)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Cnicht from above Croesor bach

Cnicht from above Croesor bach

Photo: Terry Merrington (2)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - My friend Carol on Cnicht

My friend Carol on Cnicht

Photo: Judith Blair (1)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - North East from Cnicht

North East from Cnicht

Photo: Don Williams (3)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Cnicht (North Top) from Cnicht with Carnedd Moel Siabod  lit by sunlight in the distance (left)

Cnicht (North Top) from Cnicht with Carnedd Moel Siabod lit by sunlight in the distance (left)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (24)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Craigysgafn and Moelwyn Mawr from Moelwyn Bach

Craigysgafn and Moelwyn Mawr from Moelwyn Bach

Photo: Steve Unwin (14)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - View from the summit of Cnicht down into Cwm Croesor

View from the summit of Cnicht down into Cwm Croesor

Photo: Terry Merrington (6)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Rhosydd Quarry ruins with Cnicht (left) and Cnicht (North Top) beyond

Rhosydd Quarry ruins with Cnicht (left) and Cnicht (North Top) beyond

Photo: Martin Talbot (19)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Tanygrisiau Reservoir (bottom left), Llyn Trawsfynydd and Moel Ysgyfarnogod (distance right) from the summit of Moel-yr-hydd

Tanygrisiau Reservoir (bottom left), Llyn Trawsfynydd and Moel Ysgyfarnogod (distance right) from the summit of Moel-yr-hydd

Photo: Martin Talbot (22)

Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor - Llyn Cwm-y-foel (left) and Cnicht (right) from near Llyn Yr Adar

Llyn Cwm-y-foel (left) and Cnicht (right) from near Llyn Yr Adar

Photo: Martin Talbot (12)


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