A New Perspective on Ysgyryd Fawr   10 comments

Back to the mundane normality of a cold grey British January. Ysgyryd Fawr is always a favourite when we need a short walk out in the hills. The obvious route has been somewhat marred by car park improvement that seems to have dictated a rather steep charge to park for a walk. Paying to park in the hills is a real bug-bear of mine. We should be encouraging people into the outdoors not putting them off. The end result was looking for a new route so we parked up – for free – in the lyrically named Llanvihangel Crucorney and approached from the north for the first time, passing Llanvihangel Court on the way.


It was a grey day that looked like rain was imminent but we stayed dry and the route, clearly little known was deserted and pleasant.


We skirted along the eastern slopes and back up onto the main ridge, turning to head for the summit. It was ferociously windy but refreshing and so far still dry.


The most noticeable thing was how bare the summit ridge was. There is normally a path bounded by grass but it seemed almost stripped bare to mud across the entire width. I’m not sure if this was due to weather conditions or an increase in foot traffic bit it didn’t feel right at all. I’ll have to to return in the spring and see if the grass is making a recovery.


We didn’t linger on the top due to the wind and took a similar if slightly variant route down.


As we descended the skies cleared a little and there was a touch more in the way of blue sky.


Some of the late afternoon light effects were quite dramatic and it finished off a quite a decent walk and will now be my default route up the mountain.


Almost 7 miles in the end and a very enjoyable and much quieter route to the top.


10 responses to “A New Perspective on Ysgyryd Fawr

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  1. Llanvihangel Court looks interesting. They have open days, I checked. Be interesting to read a post about a Tudor house. Just saying…
    Should blogs do requests? Oh hang on, I’m not sure I should even contemplate that idea. What kind of requests might we get? The mind boggles.
    Looks like your new route is a winner as well as a money saver. Lets hope other people find your post and the expensive carpark is left empty. I’m not averse to paying to park, but the charges made in many of our National Parks are extortionate and clearly cover way more than the cost of a simple car park.


    • I’ve often though about paying that house a visit but never got around to it. Maybe you’ll see a post about it, maybe not.
      I don’t mind paying a small fee to cover parking but some of the fees are ridiculous especially the way they are structured. In this case the parking jumps to over £3 for a stay long enough to allow you to walk to the top. It’s effectively a glorified lay-by in a field owned by the NT so its not exactly prime land and there are no facilities of any kind (toilets etc) that justify it. I have a small degree of sympathy for over-run National Parks who are under-funded but charging parking fees that are on a par with city centres is not the answer. We got lucky when we went to Langdale last year when the car park machine was out of order saving us £14 over two days!

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  2. Looks like a fine viewpoint even in those suboptimal conditions, a great walk. That sun and warmth are a distant memory.
    That’s one of those famous hills thereabouts that we’ve never visited but the upper ridge seems very badly eroded – I agree, somehow it doesn’t feel right at all.


    • It only 30mins away from home so I’ve climbed it dozen of times in all weathers and seasons and never seen the summit ridge so badly eroded. I can only think the extra car park spaces are encouraging more people to visit (clearly not put off by the parking charges like I am) and its slowly damaging the path. There original lay-by only held about 10 cars but the new car park has tripled that capacity. It’s an easy (if steep) and very well known summit. The NT “own” the land but clearly are not so far spending any of that car park money on the paths or controlling the erosion. I’ll be keeping on eye on the summit and see if its still as bad in the spring when the grass should be regrowing but it looked pretty bad as the pictures show.


  3. Car parking charges! Hate them. Dartmoor have 5 car parks that charge now, however within a few hundred metres of each is either another car park which is free or many lay bys that are perfectly good. What is the point. I’m perfecly fine with the honesty box schemes which I find in the Lakes more than down here. I’m happy to drop a quid or two into a box for a days parking


    • Totally agree, a couple of quid for a full day is fine but pushing a tenner for a full day or £3 for a couple of hours is robbery. I’m lucky down this way that car parks that charge are rare and usually reasonable with some kind of facilities to justify the charge. When you are forced to pay it always sets the start of the walk on a bad footing which is the worst of it.

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  4. Looks a cracking wee walk


    Brenda-Dawn Linney
  5. Looks a good day out.


    Blue Sky Scotland

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