|Mynydd Mynyllod from
|Estimated net time||Less than one hour.|
|Drinking water||No access to drinking water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (March 2013).|
|Parking||Room for many cars along road A494.|
|Start height||255 metres|
|Vertical metres||155 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||3.2 km|
From the A494/A4212 junction in the village Bala drive road A494 4.8 km north-east. Park at the lay-by on the left hand side of the road.
Start your walk by continuing 320 metres along the road, to where a farm road heads uphill on the right hand side of the road. Pass the gate and head up to the farm. Follow the road towards right when you get to the first building, continue another 30 metres, and turn left onto a farm road after the white main building. Pass the gate and follow this farm road approximately 500 metres up to where the terrain levels. You will see a stile and a gate on your left hand side. Cross the fence on the old stile and follow the path up to a small pass. You now have the summit up to your right. Continue 20-30 metres into the wide pass and turn right, leaving the wide path. There's a vague path going uphill, but don't bother searching for it if you don't find it. You will soon be up at the relatively large summit plateau, and some fine evaluation is needed in order to locate the exact summit.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
16. March 2013
Another week with work in Warwick was coming up, and again I took the opportunity to travel on Friday night instead of Sunday night. I had booked a room at White Lion Hotel in Bala, which I knew from a night back in March last year.
The plan for this Saturday wasn't fixed at all since it was quite weather dependent, but I was determined to go for a quick hike before breakfast (served from 8). When I woke up and saw it was snowing I got a little disappointed, but I decided not to let it impact my pre-breakfast plans.
I drove five miles north-east from Bala and found a suitable place to park, and also a farm road leading up towards Mynydd Mynyllod. I followed the farm road up to the farm, and after a little hesitation decided on where to continue. My choice of route proved fine, and took me up to below the summit. At this point I was a little too eager and continued too far south, and had to come back a couple of hundred metres in order to get onto the path leading up towards the summit.
At the summit plateau I was pleased to note that my GPS way-point matched what I had found to be the highest point, and after a couple of photos I took on the descent, and then the drive back to my hotel for a typical British breakfast.