Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)
Start/finish: Car park Tynyceunant, 0.5 miles SW of LL40 1TL
Terrain: Mountain trail
Toughness: Challenging
Ascent: 691 metres
Navigation: Easy to moderate (may be challenging in poor visibility)
Good for: Ascents, history
Lat Long / Grid Ref of Start: 52.7194, -3.9293 / SH6978515272

A spectacular and rewarding run from the
Ty Nant car park, following the obvious Pony Path to the top of one of the most beautiful, picture-perfect mountains in Wales. Route starts by winding its way S over a babbling stream and through mixed woodland. The path zig-zags up the hillside, emerging onto open mountainside with views left to the Cyfrwy ridge. The route then climbs steeply, zig-zagging up Rhiw Gwredydd, before levelling out onto a grassy path. Heading E climb again to Bwlch y Gwynt ( ‘Windy Pass’ ), as views open out over the shining lakes of Llyn y Gadair and Llyn Gafr below. Finally make your way to the summit cairn, with its nearby shelter. Descent is by the same route, back to the start.

Miles Km Directions
0.0 0.0 From car park head south then south west up hill and over stream through woodland
0.9 1.4 At track junction continue straight over following Pony Path south west zigzagging steeply up Rhiw Gwredydd
1.4 2.3 Take left hand fork, heading east up Bwlch y Gwynt ridge towards summit, continuing to follow Pony Path
2.8 4.5 Reach summit cairn (shelter nearby). Return via outward route

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Open Street Map and interactive elevation profile

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