The Tarrens North Wales

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Placed right next door to the mighty Cadair Idris, the Tarrens can be seen across the waters of the Dyfi estuary which offer walkers long, complex ridges and wide sweeping views across highest Wales
 
Starting place: The Local area (OS Landranger (1:50,000) 124 & 135 Starting ref: Depending on walk Distance: Any where from 4 miles upto 7 miles miles Grade: Depending on walk Walk time : Depending on walk you take between 2.5 - 5hrs
 
 
Nant Gwernol - The Wild Ravine

Start:
Abergynolwyn (GR677069)
Distance: 6km (4 miles)
Time: 2.5 hours
Height Gain: 630m
Terrain: Steep Tarmac track, forest and steep grassy slopes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Popualrity: Quite

Route 1
: Follow the lane from Pandy Square into Nant Gwernol, climbing to the Bryneglwys quarries. Yellow waymarkers highlight a path through newer conifers to the old packhourse bridge, Pont Llaeron, beyond which the path turns L to climb to a col at GR716053. Follow the fence up th steep slopes to Tarren y Gesail's summit.
 
ALTERNATIVE:
Route 1a: Instead of crossing Nant Gwernol at Pont Llaeron, turn L along the clear track. Past the forest's edge, climb the trackless steep slopes to Tarren y Gesail. Better as a route of descent.
 
     
Hendre and Foel Fawr

Start: Abergynolwyn (GR677069)
Distance: 11km (7 miles) to Tarren y Gesail
Time: 4 hours
Height Gain: 960m
Terrain: Forest, steep grassy slopes and ridge
Difficulty: Hard
Popularity: Quiet

Route 2
: To the W of the village, take the forestry road passing Hendre Farm and the Tal-y-Llyn railway. Turn R at the junction. The track zigzags through the trees, before rounding the E and S sides of the Foel Fawr and climbing beneath the crags of Tarrenhendre to the ridge at GR692039. For Tarrenhendre, turn R: for Tarren y Gesail, follow the ridge L over Foel y Gerif to the col at GR716053. Join route 1.
 
     
Dolgoch Falls
 
Start: Dolgoch (GR650046)
Distance: 9km (5.5 miles)
Time: 3 hours
Height Gain: 950m
Terrain: Steep pull to both summits with easy ridges between
Difficulty: Hard
Popularity: Quiet
 
Route 3: Take the touist route through the woods to the falls, then climb out L to open hillside where a flinted track climbs to the col north of Tarrenhendre. A very steep pathless ascent now leads to the summit. Trace the ridge fence east and follow route 2 to Tarren y Gesail.
 
     
Trum Gelli
 
Start: Pant-yr-on (GR670998)
Distance: 13km (8 miles)
Time: 5 hours
Height Gain: 930m
Terrain: Good tracks then grassy ridges
Difficulty: Intermediate
Popularity: Quite
 
Route 4: A stony track climbs W to a gate at (GR647001). Here, look to the slopes of Allt Gwyddgwion to locate the green track tjhat ascends to the cairns on Trum Gelli (not the lower track, which is more prominent early on). Then it's a ridge walk to Tarrenhendre, from where you follow route 2 to Tarren y Gesail.
 
ALTERNATIVE
Route 4a: Start further W along the road at GR629985 in the Happy Valley. A winding track crosses fields before veering R up the scrubby slopes of Dauddyffryn to Bryn Dinas. It joins route 4 beyond the gate at GR647001, 400m NE.
 
     
Rhosfarch
 
Start: Pennal (GR700004)
Distance: 11km (7miles)
Time: 4 hours
Height Gain: 960m
Terrain: Lanes, grassy spur, ridge
Difficulty: Intermediate
Popularity: Quite
 
Route 5: From the village centre, take the lane N into the Pennal valley to the bridge at (GR701015). Beyond the bridge follow a track L towards Rhos-farch farm, where another track winds up the hillside. Leave it in Cwm Ebol for a path climbing steeply up Tarren Rhosfarch to meet route 4, south of Tarrenhendre.
 
     
Mynydd Rhyd-Galed
 
Start: Pennal (GR700004
Distance: 8km (5miles)
Time: 3 hours
Height Gain: 960m
Terrain: Tarmac lane, grassy spur, ridge
Difficulty: Intermediate
Popularity: Quiet
 
Route 6: Follow route 5 to the bridge, but stay with the lane to the farm at Pennal-isaf. A waymarked path leads to the foot of the grassy spur of Mynydd Cefn-caer, where the haul begins on paths and tracks to the ridge W of Mynydd Rhyd-galed. Turn L for Tarrenhendre or follow route 2 over Foel y Geifr for Tarren y Gesail.
 
     
Pantyspydded
 
Start: Dyfi Bridge, Machynlleth (GR744019)
Distance: 6km (4 miles)
Time: 2.5 hours
Height Gain: 660m
Terrain: Tarmac lane, forest tracks and a steep final slope
Difficulty: Intermediate
Popularity: Quite
 
Route 7: From the bridge follow the Aberdyfi road, then turn R uphill on a narrow lane. Take the L fork beyond Cwm-glia (cottage). A green lane follows through the forest. Go straight on at a five-way junction to the ruins of Pantyspydded. Here a waymarked route climbs through young spurce to meet route 1 at the col at GR716053
 
     
Pantperthog
 
Start: Pantpethog (GR749039)
Distance: 6km (4 miles)
Time: 2.5 hours
Height Gain: 630m
Terrain: Forestry tracks and a steep final slope
Difficulty: Intermediate
Popularity: Quite
 
Route 8: Take the lane to Esgair Farm, leaving it briefly to detour round the farmhouse. Forestry roads take the route NE round the S side of Foel Erin to some old mine levels at GR723055. Swing L here and climb to the col at GR716053 for the final pull to Tarren y Gesail.
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
 
Posted: 16:29:25 - 01/08/2011

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