|Gyrn Ddu from road A499
|Estimated net time||2-2½ hours|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route.|
|Parking||Room for one car at trail head, and several cars close by.|
|Start height||55 metres|
|Vertical metres||480 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.6 km|
From the town Pwllheli, on the Lleyn peninsula in north-west Wales, where roads A497 and A499 intersect in the eastern side of the town, drive 11.0 km north on road A499 to the round about where roads A499 and B4417 intersect. Continue straight through the round about, on road A499, another 2.2 km and turn right onto a farm road. Park next to road A499 without blocking entrance to the farm road.
Start your walk by crossing the gate and walk 250 metres up to the farm. Walk past the farm on the left hand side, turn right and pass the back of the farm, and continue 250 metres to some old stone houses. Turn left onto a wide path, cross the gate, and follow the path uphill to 220 metres. Make sure you turn right here, below an old ruin, and continue another 630 metres. When you get to two stone houses on a flat section turn left through a gate a few metres after having passed the first house. Follow the path north and north-east until it ends at approximately 390 metres, and from here aim for the small pass above you. Continue through the pass and then up through some boulder to the summit, which is marked by a cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
05. July 2013
I had spent the week working in Derby and took this Friday off in order to get a week-end of hiking in Wales. I was staying the week-end in the nice village Beddgelert, in a good value B&B, and the plan was to hike three smaller tops, all on the Wales top-50 prominence list, before a late lunch. First on the agenda was Gyrn Ddu, and after a little bit of messing around finding a suitable trail head I was on my way 07:45.
Unfortunately there was some mist this morning, so my summit views were not very good. Hence I returned back down after a short summit stop, and drove off towards Yr Eifl.