|Carnedd Dayfdd from Carnedd Llewellyn|
Another gloriously hot and sunny day, with just a light Northerly breeze.
I get the early train fro Llandudno to Llandudno Junction, where I change and hop onto the Blaenau Ffestiniog train.
I'm only going as far as Bettws Y Coed, where I'm catching a Snowdon Sherpa bus to Capel Curig. Luckily it all runs smoothly and I am soon being dropped off where the road turns onto the A4086 at around 9 O'Clock..
There's a little bit of road walking to start until I pass Bron Heulog and head off up the footpath and strike out over the moorland towards Llyn Cowlyd. It's fairly easy going.Birdsong fills the air, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks,Wrens and a Whitethroat all joining in.
The trackway brings me to a man made leat, which I cross and then follow round as it skirts the bottom of Pen Llithrig Y Wrach (The Slippery Slope of the Witch), across Cwm Tal Y Braich. A family group of 3 Kestrels are hunting in the Cwm and smaller birds are popping up everywhere. Stonechats, Whinchats, Grey Wagtails and Wheatears, a mixture of adults and juveniles.
|Tryfan and the Ogwen Valley|
It's steepish but steady going and seems to take ages before I at last see the summit cairn. A ring tail Hen Harrier is quartering the hillside nearby. At 2733 ft this is the smallest of todays hills, but the views from up here are amazing and it's an ideal spot to sit, have a drink and a sandwich and look out over Snowdonia. The distinctive shape of Tryfan and Y Garn on the opposite side of the Ogwen Valley. To the North is the lush valley of Cwm Eigiau and to the West I can see my next objectives - Carnedd Llewellyn and Carnedd Dafydd.
|Summit Cairn, Pen Yr Helgi Du|
|Bwlch Eryl Farchog|
|Bwlch Eryl Farchog|
|Ffynon Llugwy from Bwlch Eryl Farchog|
|Looking back to Pen Yr Helgi Du from Craig Yr Isfa|
|Cwm Eigiau from Craig Yr Isfa|
I retrace my steps. Ravens call from the steep cliffs of Ysgolion Duon and there's a familiar call of a Chough as I pass back over Bwlch Cyfryw Drum.
|Bwlch Cyfryw Drum from Carnedd Llewellyn|
|Low cloud rolling over Carnedd Llewellyn|
|Soldiers heading into the mist towards Pen Yr Ole Wen|
|Bwlch Eryl Farchog from Foel Grach|
|Old Quarry Workings in Cwm Eigiau|
|Quarry Buildings in Cwm Eigiau|
|Bridge over the Conwy at Trefriw|