Walk gw224 Cnicht and Moelwyn Mawr 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 and unstable. Whilst a fascinating place to wander and imagine, best stay out of the buildings and tunnels.


Route outline for walk gw224:

- 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  -   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
3
Welsh
Mountains
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 Welsh Nuttalls
4
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 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).

You will also reach the summit of Cnicht (North Top), 686m (2251ft). Cnicht (North Top) is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (99th in Wales, 247th in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag 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 Maps OL17 & OL18
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 115 & 124
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk gw224 Cnicht and Moelwyn Mawr from Croesor

In no particular order . . .

Cnicht from Croesor

Cnicht from Croesor

Photo: Paul Emerton (1)

Cnicht summit in sight from near Cnicht (North Top)

Cnicht summit in sight from near Cnicht (North Top)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (31)

My friend Carol on Cnicht

My friend Carol on Cnicht

Photo: Judith Blair (1)

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)

Tanygrisiau Reservoir from the summit of Moel-yr-hydd

Tanygrisiau Reservoir from the summit of Moel-yr-hydd

Photo: Martin Talbot (21)

Moelwyn Bach, Bwlch Stwlan, Craigysgafn, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Mawr (North Ridge Top) (far right) from the col below Moel-yr-hydd

Moelwyn Bach, Bwlch Stwlan, Craigysgafn, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Mawr (North Ridge Top) (far right) from the col below Moel-yr-hydd

Photo: Gerald Murphy (40)

Porthmadoc and Tremadoc Bay/Bae Tremadog from the summit of Cnicht - the Welsh Matterhorn

Porthmadoc and Tremadoc Bay/Bae Tremadog from the summit of Cnicht - the Welsh Matterhorn

Photo: Martin Talbot (7)

One of the many huge chasms at Rhosydd Quarry

One of the many huge chasms at Rhosydd Quarry

Photo: Steve Unwin (7)

Cnicht and Cnicht (North Top) from Allt-fawr (Moelwyns)

Cnicht and Cnicht (North Top) from Allt-fawr (Moelwyns)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (26)

Ruined buildings in Rhosydd Quarry

Ruined buildings in Rhosydd Quarry

Photo: Martin Talbot (16)


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