|Hirfynydd from Seven
|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (October 2013).|
|Parking||Room for a few cars at trail head.|
|Start height||201 metres|
|Vertical metres||280 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||4.9 km|
From the town Neath, along road M4 in southern Wales, drive approximately 15 km (9 mi) north on road A465 and then A4109, to the village Seven Sisters. In the centre of the village A4109 does a 180° right turn followed by a 180° left turn, and then a 90° right followed by a 90° left. From the 90° left turn drive another 170 metres and turn right onto the road called "Heol y Felin" and find parking on the right hand side of the road.
Start your hike by following the gravel road uphill (south-east), and continue 1.8 km (1.1 mi) to where the road turns right, just in front of the steep hill side. Continue straight up the hill side, all the way to the forest. Locate an opening in the forest and follow the path up to the mountain road. Turn left onto the mountain road, walk 75 metres, and then turn right into the open forest and locate the concrete cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
12. October 2013
I had already hiked Fan Gyhirych on this grey Saturday morning, and was determined to bag Hirfynydd as easily as possible. Unfortunately the forest road towards the base of the mountain had large signs of "no entry" a little before the proper hill started, but I soon figured out that this was because of forestry work, and since there was no work going on here today I decided to ignore the signs and head straight towards the mountain. And the fact that I saw another person coming down this road only encouraged me even more to walk straight on. This meant I could go for a direct line to the summit, and the potentially steep slopes up to the summit wasn't very steep at all, and quite easy to walk.
At the summit I found the summit cairn behind some trees, which also meant I had practically no views from the summit.