22nd September 2008 Access to Mynydd Graig Goch

Access to Mynydd Graig Goch
(summit is rocky tor at SH497485)

If you don't plan to add this summit by extending the Nantle Ridge walk then the following notes explain an alternative approach.

Access to this hill can be found at grid reference SH 480494 via the gate that leads to the Garreg-lwyd sheepfolds, where there is a courtesy path that was created as part of the Tir Gofal scheme. This courtesy path is in its seventh year of ten and it is hoped that the time limit for this permissive path will be extended. People using this route should not park cars on the grass verge adjacent to the gate, but should drive a further 0.2 of a mile south-westward where parking for 2 3 cars can be found at the entrance to the drive that leads to the prominent transmitting mast (SH 478493).

Alternative parking for at least four cars can be found at the corner in the road (SH 483500) and this location gives access to the track that leads to Llyn Cwmdulyn. A ladder stile near the end of this track leads to a path that ascends south-eastward toward the summit of Mynydd Graig Goch.

A good circular walk taking in just this one hill could use public rights of way toward Hafod-y-llyn, gaining access onto Braich y Llyn and Bwlch Cwmdulyn, before descending from the 609.75 metre summit toward the track at the western end of Llyn Cwmdulyn.

A major concern about access to this summit is the solid stone-wall that passes over the mountain. Access via the above mentioned routes will necessitate a crossing of this wall. While there is no ladder stile, there are intermittent rock steps built into the wall which were incorporated during recent rebuilding by Richard Owen, a local stone-mason from Llanrug. It took Richard five years to finish the rebuild, working a four day week over 12 weeks per year. The rock steps do not appear on either side of the wall on the northward, Craig Cwmdulyn facing section, but do appear at approximately 50 metre intervals on both sides of the wall on parts of the southward facing section. Two such structures can be found at the base of, and immediately south of, the westward summit tor, with more rock steps being found approximately 60 paces south-westward of this point at a prominent corner in the wall. Both these points give easy access to this mountains highest summit tor. To maintain the structure of this wall, hill-walkers should not attempt crossing it without the assistance of the incorporated rock steps.