A sign by a gate as you leave the village of Croesor prohibits the presence of dogs. The path up Cnicht from here is well signposted and easy to follow: rising steadily with wonderful views south over Carigan Bay until a final steepening which is quickly over. From here again it’s easy finding a way north over the North Top to Lyyn yr Adar where I took a right at a cairn. The path from here to Bwlch y Rhosydd is a bit come and go but the ruined buildings of Rhosydd Quarry were a clear enough target to aim for. From here I climbed a couple of old inclines to take me back onto open moor where a faint but pleasant path took me to the beautiful summit of Moel-yr-hydd. After descending this a bit I picked up a path which a very faded sign advised me was “in dangerous condition” to go round a huge hole in the ground to reach the summit of Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top. I since learn this was deleted as a Nuttall earlier this month but it is a nice spot nonetheless.
I was feeling tired now and it was getting late. I considered just heading down the path to Croesor Quarry and on down to the village. But Moelwyn Mawr didn’t look too far so I thought I would at least do that. After a wee rest on top I thought I might as well as least carry on over Craigysgafn and maybe just take the path back down from the Bwlch Stwlan. So on I went, steeply down from Moelwyn Mawr and over Craigysgafn, the steep descent of which has a couple opf scrambly moments. Now Moelwyn Bach looked ever so near and I thought, really, I might as well for all the time it would add. A direct ascent here is ruled out by a huge overhanging crag but a sneaky path avoid this to the left. It was an easy climb to the top and a delightful walk down the west ridge in a beautiful late summer evening. When you near the road the Nuttalls recommend heading right and picking up the path from Bwlch Stwlan through the woods but, having tried it, I don’t. It’s overgrown and not very pleasant. But overall what a wonderful day it had been.
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