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Date: 06 May 2003
Start / Finish: Cynwyd.
Maps: Explorer 255 Llangollen & Berwyn and Pathfinder 825 Bala.
|Day 1||Mynydd Mynyllod, Foel Cwm Sian Llwyd & Moel Sych||18 miles / 3700 feet (29km / 1127m)|
|Day 2||The Berwyn Ridge||12 miles / 950 feet (19.3km / 289m)|
A backpack around the Dee valley via Mynydd Mynyllod on the west and returning via the Berwyn ridge on the east.
From Cynwyd a lane heads W to cross the Dee and climbs to a telephone box where a footpath ascends the fields to Bodheulog and another lane. Taking this W to a bridleway at 025414 we turned L along it to the far edge of a wood then L down to a ford. Curving round R uphill Llyn Mynyllod comes into view on the R and the path goes over Mynydd Mynyllod to the minor road head at 998387.
Descending almost to Llanderfel a footpath crosses to Pont y Bryn and the B4402 which we followed to the start of the access track at 978352. Climbing to Bwlch Fenni, a footpath heads SE around Moel Cae-Howel with Penllyn Forest on the R (the NE fringe of the forest shown on the map has been felled). A side path branches L to Foel Cwm Sian Llwyd which is a great viewpoint in good conditions. Heading SW then S on a thin path through the heather the footpath is rejoined which leads SE to a fence with fire-beaters provided, though we think they would usually be better employed as paddles here. Continuing SE to the Nant Llwyn-gwern we collected water which was a little peaty and thence to Milltir Gerrig. Crossing the B4391, the first section of the path up the W ridge of Moel Sych has been laid with wooden boards and the easy angle provides a civilised ascent, albeit a long one.
Swirling mist in the morning gave some dramatic views over Llyn Lluncaws as we set off along the ridge. The wet peaty path around Bwlch Maen Gwynedd has been laid with wooden boards, allowing easy progress to Cadair Bronwen and the ridge path along the fence.
At the N end of the ridge a mown track through the heather from Bwlch Cynwyd leads easily to the last top Moel Fferna. Returning to Bwlch Cynwyd it is then an easy descent W through the forest following the line of the track on the map rather than the marked footpath. There is an excellent stream with cool clear water on the R of the track. The track becomes a metalled road that leads to Cynwyd and it is worth taking the footpath L at 065406 to visit the falls.