Aber Falls to Bera Bach
My plan for this was to start off at Aber Falls then head up onto the northern end of the Carneddau range and hopefully see Foel-fras and Carnedd Gwenllian, the two remaining 3000+ peaks I still wanted to see on the Carneddau, lets see how far I got.
Aber falls is a great day out on its own, £2 for Parking and not far from the A55 so easy to get to and a 30 minute walk from the car park along the path.
I had two options, either head to the left and go east up towards Llwytmor or west towards Drosgl, either way was a good 500m climb with no real path, towards Drosgl looked easier!
Leaving the falls I followed the "North Wales Path"
Following a small tributary to the south west with Moel Wnion on my right, I looked for a few sheep runs through the heather, noticing a few bones like this one
Several structures remain around this part of Snowdonia from Bronze Age settlements, I wondered if these stones were part of something ancient
Drosgl summit 757m (2,484ft) is a nice large ancient burial cairn, dating from the Bronze Age. Its rather flat and uninteresting itself, apart from its historic age, but the views seem great whenever there was a break in the mist, Carnedd Dafydd can been seen in the distance but Yr Elen is engulfed in the mist
Bera Mawr and Bera Bach to the east
The next obvious peak to head to was Bera Mawr. It was in a bog to the north of Bera Mawr, that Prince Dafydd ap Gruffudd and his family were captured in June 1283 during the Conquest of Wales by Edward I
Bera Mawr summit torr, 794m (2,605ft) If it wasnt so misty Llwytmor would be seen in the distance
From here is was the short walk across to Bera Bach 807m (2,648ft)
Bera Bach is a free-standing rock outcrop, view from the summit looking east, this was the direction I needed to take towards Foel-fras and Carnedd Gwenllian, the reason I was up here. However while I could of found both peaks with my map and compass no problem the visabilty was very poor and after waiting around for a while it didnt seem to be clearing. I decided to leave, with a return trip in mind when I might get better views. I only had 90 minutes day light left anyway
I followed Afon Rhaeadr bach on my return and caught the sun going low over Moel Wnion
Rhaeadr bach, a much smaller waterfall then Aber Falls, Bach in Welsh means small
Last shot, this was 10 seconds to get some smooth water
There is a large set of images on Facebook that show the full route of the walk in some more detail Facebook set [click here]
Great trip, this was my first out on to this part of Snowdonia so it was good to get some barings to start with, OK i didn't get to see Carnedd Gwenllian however a return was on the cards. You can still read an archive of my old landscape blogs here Urbansubrosa
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