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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Mynydd Mawr

From the saddle of Mynydd Mawr looking towards Snowdon

Snowdon and beyond from the ridge leading to the summit of Mynydd Mawr

The summit of Mynydd Mawr

Mynydd Tal y Mignedd on the Nantlle Ridge
Mynydd Mawr or Big Mountain lies in the Nantlle region and at 698mtr is not very "mawr" at is known locally as Elephant Mountain due to its profile as seen from the north.The summit carries an ancient burial cairn much of which has been used to erect a small open shelter, on this day I climbed up from Planwydd Farn at the western end of Llyn Cwellyn which gives great views on to the Llechog face of Snowdon and on to the summit itself, there ar fine views on the the Glyders and Tryfan beyond too.I undertook the ascent on the 13th of November and despite the date it was warm enough to only wear a T shirt during the ascent, I saw a Red Admiral butterfly on the wing, a huge caterpillar and was buzzed by a Bumble Bee on the summit, the only downside was the howling gusts on the summit ridge and the summit itself, approx 60 mph and almost impossible to stand up at some point.The summit of Mynydd Mawr and its immediate surrounds has witnessed two air crashes, the first being a De Havilland Mosquito on 1st of November 1944 and the second a De Havilland Vampire on the 12 October 1956

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