Plynlimon from Eisteddfa Gurig

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At 752m high, Plynlimon is the highest mountain in mid-Wales, although it may not seem so as it rises out of the quiet upland terrain of this area. A much quoted comment from W A Poucher mentions the lack of trees, flowers and birds on this route. This isn't strictly true; I saw skylark and wheatear and also enjoyed good sightings of buzzard and red kite.

This route from Eisteddfa Gurig is a circular one, taking the longer (and hence more gradual) way up to the ridge and the shorter way down. It includes a pleasant ridge walk with good views of Nant-y-moch Reservoir on the other side of the ridge.

Although benign in good weather with good visibility, this is 'a proper hill walk' and should only be attempted in poor visibility by those carrying map and compass and knowing how to use them.

Note to dog owners: there are three stiles on the walk. One is a high ladder-type stile which is traversed twice – once to access the summit which is just beyond it and again to return. There are sheep grazing throughout.

Wales - Mid Wales - Ceredigion - Countryside


Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells