A week earlier I had been out on the South Ridge of Snowdon, a route which offers a great view of many Snowdonia mountains, including this one, Mynydd Mawr. I decided there and then my next port of call was going to be Mynydd Mawr, a peak I knew would offer many great views.
Starting from the Rhyd Ddu car park, a spot which offers more places to go then just Snowdon. I decided to head up through Beddgelert Forest.
Looking east towards Snowdon
Exiting the trees you get this first view of the way up the mountain, its rather straight forward following the fence.
First cairn was this one at Foel Rudd 573m
What an amazing view of the Nantlle Ridge, that ridge was one of the finest walks I have done this year, I had that ridge to myself when I went and same today on Mynydd Mawr, there was no one around.
Along with the Nantlle Ridge, Mynydd Mawr is part of the Moel Hebog range of mountains
Looking west along the Nantle valley from the crags of Craig Y Bera, Llyn Nantlle Uchaf in the distance
My first view of Sentries Ridge and the B4418 down in the valley
From here I followed the route to the summit but decided to press onto another noted peak and to return to the summit later in time for the sunset. Craig Cwmbychan 592m with a nice view across the valley of Moel Eilio
The view from here is great and well worth ticking off if you visit this mountain. Looking along Llyn Cwellyn at Snowdon from Craig Cwmbychan, along the route of a Roman Road, wonderful view of so many Snowdonia peaks, even Tryfan can be seen
The Bronze Age burial cairn has been altered over the centuries and sits around 100m lower then Mynydd Mawr summit. This area is known locally as "Elephant Mountain" with Craig Cwmbychan being the Elephants head when viewed from Caernarfon
Back the summit of Mynydd Mawr 698 m (2,290 ft) this is the 66th highest peak in Snowdonia
Sunset with Holy Island, Anglesey in the distance
Heading back I stopped for another look at Sentries Ridge (Grade 2 or 3 scramble), huge buttresses and pinnacles of Craig y Bera.
Wonderful skies over the trees and Llyn Cwellyn
Heading back, the Beddgelert Forest and the line of the trees helped me get back to the car once it went dark
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