Ascent of Bryn Amlwg on 2019-11-18

Climber: David Howells

Date:Monday, November 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bryn Amlwg
    Elevation:1601 ft / 487 m

Ascent Trip Report

Garreg Hir 484m and Bryn Amlwg 488m
These are two Marilyns either side of the A470 near the village of Carno in North Powys.
I was just glad to get out for a couple of dry days to nail these two hills.

Garreg Hir
Garreg Hir was the first one just off the A470. There was a pull in on the corner at the start big enough for my Sprinter MWB van and off I went north on the UC road and hung a left where shortly after I intended to follow a bridleway most of the way to the summit. This was not to be.
At the junction to Maespandy farm there is a gate to the field and this was tied up and this set the tone for the hike. I loosely followed the bridleway on the map but at no point on the ascent did I find an open gate or a style. Near Parc Y Rhiw farm it appeared that the bridleway should have run adjacent to the farm but I couldn’t find it and did not want to go to near an occupied house there to find it. In a nutshell I had a steep ascent up a waist deep fern infested hill with little or no trail what so ever to follow. I did not see any sign of the bridleway and it was not much fun!
Once over the hill and out of the ferns there are some trails and it becomes quite nice and undulating. Garreg Hir’s long rocky ridge soon came into view and it is really quite steep and impressive. The trig point is set on the northern edge of this ridge and the views and landscape was not bad at all. The 3.2km to here had taken me an hour with 345m of height gain.
Heading back down I did follow a trail of a sort for a while but I was soon back in the ferns and making my way painfully back downhill through them to the road running SE away from Parc Y Rhiw farm. From here follow my gpx track as it is the best way to get to the start point. On the way you will go over the only style of the entire route.
Route Summary: Mainly farmland and a lot of fence hopping (which I don’t like to do), waist deep ferns that would be a nightmare in the summer when fully grown. The plateau however was open country with some fences and quite pleasant. Garreg Hir itself is on a lovely ridge though.
Route Statistics: 6km in 2 hours and 365m of height gain.

Bryn Amlwg
This is a very short (15 mins) from Garreg Hir. Just leaving the village of Carno heading north is an UC road on the left (West). Follow this to the start point where there is a wide left hand bend with parking on the right hand side of the road on the bend for at least one vehicle.
Just follow my gpx track and this takes you on a wide track towards Bryn Coch. Within a km there is another parking area but it looks like it belongs to some adventure/glamping company. You will see my ascent route goes towards Bryn Coch but I would follow my decent track as it is much easier and keeps away from residential property. It is all pretty much straight forward as you are following a farm track/turbine maintenance road pretty much all the way. When you get to the top the TP is on your right just off the road up a steep bank.
Route Summary: A bit of road, farm/turbine road, all easy enough. Nice sunset views at the top.
Route Statistics: 6.7km in 1hr 35mins with 290m of height gain.

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:951 ft / 289 m
    Grade/Class:Easy Hike
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Cloudy but dry
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:951 ft / 289 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.7 km
    Start Trailhead:650 ft / 198 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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