Yr Arddu Lakes 2-day backpack

Pitch at Llyn yr ArdduThis was our first backpack since my discharge from hospital a few weeks ago, a modest circuit with significant ascent to a choice deserted location in Wales.

Moel y Dyniewyd is little frequented, but is graced by a thin path on its western side if only because it appears on the Marilyn list of hills and is climbed by at least some hillbaggers from Beddgelert or Nantmor, though very few continue beyond its summit.
The main objective for this trip was to potter around one of our favourite areas of all time, the deserted, rough but beautiful terrain of Yr Arddu and its splendid lakes.

Full report & photos

12 thoughts on “Yr Arddu Lakes 2-day backpack

  1. Thanks Alan, a most reassuring backpack that confirmed my recovery to near normal – except for aching muscles afterwards due to the long absence from the hills.

  2. A fabulous area up there, Geoff. I have happy memories of my first ever wild camp up on Yr Arddu, which was inspired by one of your previous trips. I remember having to tear myself away from the stunning surroundings of the Llynnau Cerrig-y-mwllt lakes and press on to Cnicht. I will return there one day.
    Glad to see you back in the hills and thank you for another inspiring report.

  3. Thanks Jim, being pitched in the hills again was a real tonic. It’s a superb location for a relaxed exploration and pottering around. It’s best of all in winter when the lakes are part frozen, as they were on a previous trip.

  4. Thanks Martin. We are planning bigger walks but it’s all relative now, no more epic mountain circuits or 20-mile days for us!. A few mountain summits will be welcome though, even if it’s a slow business getting up there.

  5. Looks like a splendid walk that Geoff.
    Always difficult to get moving when camping in such a lovely spot.
    Hope you are back on track again, so to speak.

  6. A fabulous couple of days, we could have sat there soaking up the atmosphere for hours. Back on track now, just scaling down a bit for joint trips.

  7. Hello Geoff – good to see that you are out and about. Sorry to hear of your health issues.

    Not an area that I’ m at all familiar with but rang some bells. When I studied the map realised I’d walked parts of your route *many* years ago.

    Will make a point of checking more regularly to see what you have been up to.

  8. Thanks Phil, I’m pretty much recovered except for a general lower level of fitness.
    I hope a good settled few days of weather comes soon, it’s August already.

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