|Pegwn Mawr from
|Estimated net time||1½ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties if you follow the farm and service roads, except that the service road probably isn't supposed to be hiked. Several crossings of barbed wire fences if not following the roads.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (October 2013).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars at trail head. This is private parking so you should ask for permission.|
|Start height||370 metres|
|Vertical metres||220 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||4.4 km|
From the intersection of road A44 and A470, by Llangurig in central Wales, drive road A470 6.3 km (3.9 mi) km north in the direction of Llanidloes. Turn left onto B4518 and drive into the village. Start measuring as B4518 crosses A470 on a bridge.
- At 1.3 km (0.8 mi) leave B4518 by forking left (keep going straight ahead), signed for "Llidiartywaun".
- At 7.0 km (4.4 mi) turn left in a sharp right curve.
- At 7.6 km (4.7 mi) fork left.
- At 8.3 km (5.1 mi) park outside a house. You should definitely ask for permission to park here.
Start your hike by continuing up to the end of the road, another 100 metres, and then turn left through the gate and onto the farm road. Follow this farm road uphill, through a couple of gates, all the way up to amongst the wind mills. Turn left when the terrain gets flat in the larger summit area, walk 250 metres north, and turn right immediately after a cattle grid and walk off-path the last 100 metres to the summit. The summit is marked by a pile of stones, and you will find a trigonometric point 30 metres south of the summit.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
13. October 2013
More mist and rain, but I knew this would be a relatively short hike so didn't have any hesitations on taking it on. Unfortunately I hadn't studied the detailed map very well and relied on my GPS way-points. This took me up the fields from a little above the upper farm, and I had to jump across a number of barbed fences with wire on top. I will not claim to have followed all points in the good practice book, but made well aware of nothing was damaged and made good use of the poles I had brought for this hike. When I got up to the larger summit area I had to rely on my way-points in order to locate the summit, as the mist was denser than ever. But a short spell of lighter weather gave me a short glimpse of the summit area as I got up the final field.
At the summit I decided to have a much closer look at the map, as I was sure there had to be a way up for cars, given all the wind mills and the roads criss-crossing the summit area. And, right enough, there seemed to be some parallel dotted lines amongst all the wind mill symbols, and I decided to have a go. This worked out well, although I have a suspicion, based on a road sign further down, that this is red tape territory. But the sign I saw didn't say much and I'm sure there's bits of the sign missing.