Well another bank holiday walk in this very quiet and wilder side of the Carneddau Mountain area of Snowdonia. I first did this walk three years ago, (View Here) again on a very quiet warm and sunny May bank holiday and today's walk was a repeat of that day. Sunny, warm, a bit cool on the tops and very very quiet. Infact it was quieter that the previous visit as I only saw one other person on my route all day and he was going in the opposite direction. Considering all the cars parked in the different car parking areas around this part of Snowdonia, it was eerily quiet apart from the Cuckoo making it's call all day. Unlike three years ago I didn't get to see one this time but it or they were certainly making there presence felt, a great sound of spring. Another difference of this walk is that I decided to take a different path up to the first summit of the day, Crimpiau, and take in the gentle climb up to Llyn y Coryn, a small lake nestled a the foot of Crimpiau.I left the car park in Capel Curig and headed across the A5 and over the stile following the good path through a field, then the woods under Clogwyn mawr and to a small wooden bridge over a stream. From here I headed away from the bridge and upto a col following a faint path and sheep trails. Some great views back towards Moel Siabod and the Snowdon Massif were to be had.
|My Route For The Day|
|Morning View Of Snowdon from Plas y Brenin|
|Looking back to the start of the walk|
|Well laid out path through the woods|
|Clear view over to Moel Siabod and a distant Snowdon|
|My route from the bridge up to the col|
|Looking back down from the col|
|First bit of outcrop to get warmed up|
|View down to Llyn y Coryn|
|Llyn y Coryn and my route ahead|
|Pano of Moel Siabod, Snowdon & Ogwen Valley|
|Another short sharp rocky scramble|
|A look back on my route from Crimpiau|
|Pano across to Craig Wen, Creigian Gleision & down to Llyn Crafnant from Crimpiau|
|Looking back to Crimpiau|
|No Cuckcoo but I did manage to spot a Rock Pipit|
|The rocky face of Castell y Gwynt|
|Looking back down Castell y Gwynt|
|Summit view down from Castell y Gwynt.|
|Nice little scramble up to Craig Wen|
|A cheeky scramble|
|Summit view of the Ogwen Valley and Llyn Cowlyd|
|Summit view of my route so far|
|Summit view of my route ahead to the North Summit|
Llyn Cowlyd has a 45' (14m) high dam at its north-eastern end, which consists of a rock and earth embankment with a concrete core. A concrete and stone apron protects the dam from wave action, which comes from the direction of the prevailing winds. The dam, which was built some 300 yards (274m) downstream of a lower, earlier one, was completed in 1921, and was officially opened on 20 September 1922.
During construction of Cowlyd dam, electricity for the winches was provided by the North Wales Power and Traction Co. Ltd's power station at Cwm Dyli, near Snowdon. The remains of the pole route along the western shore of the lake can be seen today.
Stone for the dam came from an adjacent quarry, some ¼ mile to the north of the dam site. A short incline was constructed for transfer of stone, and it ran directly from the quarry down to the dam. Remains today suggest that this was poorly constructed, but its line is easily followed, and is clearly evident from, for instance, the summit of Creigiau Gleision. A later vehicle route also winds from the dam to the quarry. Remains of the winding drum can still be seen.
Construction workers lived in wooden barracks, a number of which afterwards found their way back to the Trefriw and Dolgarrog area to be converted into homes, and are still lived in.
|North Summit view down to the dam|
An easy path to follow brings down to the shore of Llyn Cowlyd where a 2 mile walk along the shore line brings you to the southern end of the lake. Looking back it its a great view with Creigian Gleision on one side and the bulkier Pen Llithrig y Wrach on the other side. There was also the added bonus of a few of the Carneddau Wild Ponies on my path and one that looked in need of having his hooves seen too. Not sure if he was in pain or not but despite the condition he seemed to be coping OK.
|View of the summits of the day|
|Llyn Cowlyd with Creigiau Gleision on the left and Pen Llithrig y Wrach on the right|
|Pipe line out from Llyn Cowlyd|
|Creigiau Gleision above Llyn Cowlyd|
|Wild Carneddau Ponies|
|Overgrown toe nail, ouch|
|Looking down back Llyn Cowlyd|
|One last look back at todays walk|
|Hazy view down the Ogwen Valley|