Aber Falls to Bera Bach

Posted by Brian Sayle on 16 July 2017 | Comments

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 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.

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 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.

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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!

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Leaving the falls I followed the "North Wales Path"

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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

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Several structures remain around this part of Snowdonia from Bronze Age settlements, I wondered if these stones were part of something ancient

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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

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Bera Mawr and Bera Bach to the east

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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

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Bera Mawr summit torr, 794m (2,605ft) If it wasnt so misty Llwytmor would be seen in the distance

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From here is was the short walk across to Bera Bach 807m (2,648ft)

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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

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I followed Afon Rhaeadr bach on my return and caught the sun going low over Moel Wnion

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Rhaeadr bach, a much smaller waterfall then Aber Falls, Bach in Welsh means small

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Last shot, this was 10 seconds to get some smooth water

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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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