Sunday 21st May, 2023
Under the Witch’s Gaze
Pen Llithrig y Wrach (‘the Slippery Top of the Witch’) is the small mountain which overlooks Llyn Cowlyd. We’ll be getting aquainted with both of these two, which lie in the foothills of the Carneddau mountains behind Trefriw.
We’ll initially walk off-road up Cefn Cyfarwydd, the steep ridge behind Trefriw, to then descend to Cowlyd Dam, at the end of Llyn Cowlyd, the deepest lake in Snowdonia. We’ll then walk the mile alongside the lake to its southern end, before heading up the adjacent peak of Pen Llithrig y Wrach; it’s a steep ascent but from the top you’ll be rewarded by great views over the Snowdonia mountains. (The picture shows both Llyn Cowlyd and Pen Llithrig y Wrach.) We’ll descend its long ridge, eventually cutting back to Siglen and the lane to Trefriw. From here the minibus will then pick us up and take us back to Trefriw.
Pen Llithrig y Wrach, the highest point, is 799m (2621 ft), but total ascent for this walk is over 3,500 ft.
Please note that it can be cold on the tops, even in May. Please ensure that you have warm, waterproof clothing (including hat & gloves) and sturdy boots with a good tread.
Duration: All day. Please bring a packed lunch.
Distance: 10 miles / 16 km
Grade: Strenuous mountain, with two periods of considerable ascent, some steep sections and some rougher sections. You should be mountain fit.
Walk Leaders: Mike Bolsover & Tony Ellis
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Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.