Foel Grach Snowdonia

Posted by Brian Sayle on 13 May 2017 | Comments

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First off I am changing the set up of my blogs. On my blog site I have started to rearrange the home page and split the subjects up to have a specific blog for landscapes, one for general photography and separate one for music, this is the start of my plans to over hall the site, I also plan to add a lot more to this site which I have neglected far too much.

You can still read an archive of my old landscape blogs here Urbansubrosa
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I started the day from the Gwern Gof Isaf Farm and Campsite on the A5, headed up the access road to Ffynnon Llugwy reservoir, across Craig yr Ysfa ridge to the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn (1,064m, 3.491ft). This was the first stop I made to take photos, snow at the end of April?
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Looking south westerly across the range towards Carnedd Dafydd. On the left of this shot is Tryfan followed by the Glyderau, and in the distance you have Snowdon.
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View to the east from Carnedd Llewelyn, this shows the route I had just come up
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Being so cold stopping to take photos wasn't very appealing but this view of Yr Elen 962m (3,156 ft) was worth stopping for, at this stage I still have six peaks in Wales that are over 3000ft I want to tick off, Yr Elen is one of them but I hope to see that soon.
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The summit of Foel Grach 976m (3,202 ft) listed as a Hewitt, Welsh 3000s and a Nuttall. The view was fantastic from this location
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Just to the north of the cairn is this shelter at SH689661
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Yes it was very cold!
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There was no one home so I invited myself inside
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Looking to the north east across Colwyn Bay you can see all the wind farms in the sea great from up here.
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I read that on a clear day the Isle of Man and even the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland can be seen to the north from this summit.
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There is a shelter on Cadair Idris but as far as I know this is the only other shelter like this in Snowdonia, for emergency use, I really wouldn't like to have to stay in it over night but if you are stuck on this mountain it could be a life saver. Carneddau Foel Grach Brian Sayle 13
Great trip, another summit ticked off the list and my tenth of the 3000's. I stopped for a last look of Yr Elen as I plan to do this one soon
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Great trip, even if it was freezing, all around this took me 8 hours but that includes stopping to take photos and being slowed down by a heavy bag of camera gear!
About 10 days later I did Snowdon again and didnt even need a coat, funny how quickly things can change, pics from that trip coming soon

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