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Name:Tarren y Gesail
Hill number:2148
Height:667m / 2188ft
RHB Section:30F: Dolgellau to Machynlleth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Cadair Idris
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
Grid ref:SH 71053 05893
Summit feature:no feature
Col:204m  SH738093  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL23W
Observations:summit is 50m E of trig point
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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After Tarrenhendre. Took much longer than anticipated. Difficulty finding a path through the forest. Also bagged one Dodd and a Tump.NormanW14/03/2020
First of five tops following Nuttalls nine mile route from Abergynolwyn, Summiting Tarrrenhendre, Mynydd Rhyd-Galed, Foel y Giefr, Braich-Goch and Tarren y Gesail. A three mile extension is needed to reach Mynydd Braich-Goch.WAYNE ROWLETT01/03/2020
Took car up road then track higher up towards disused quarry. Track then as others Gill etc... through forest where there is considerable felling operations at present. Up steep grassy slope to summit. 3/4 Marilyn, onto TarrenhendreN.Morters18/01/2020
4/4. As Nuttall book. Tarrenhendre, Mynydd Rhyd-Galed, Foel y Geifr and Tarren y Gesail. Showers but a dry finish. Lovely waterfalls at start and enjoyable ridge. No time to divert to East Top on ridge as wild wind there.nickywood126/09/2019
Abergynolwyn > Nant Gwernol > Tarren Fach > Tarrenhendre > Foel y Geifr > Tarren y Gesail > Pont Llaeron > Bryn Eglwys Quarry > Abergynolwyn.Winterfloodian18/09/2019
Round of Tarren y Gesail and Tarren Hendre from end of public road up from Abergynolwyn. Road is steep and narrow, then after two gates it is no better than a typical estate track. Followed Gill route over TG as far as TH.Topographer5726/08/2019
Dovey Junction - Penmaendovey - Braich Ddu - Ffridd Esgairweddan - Tarrenhendre - Mynydd Rhyd-galed - Mynydd Rhyd-galed E Top - Foel y Geifr - Tarren y Gesail - Machynlleth - Gallt y Gog - MachynllethMark Jackson15/04/2019
Parked by Bryn Eglwys quarry, on the grass verge. The farmer came past and advised that the normal baggers path is a quagmire, and gave permission to go up the forestry road contouring below Foel Pandy. This makes a dead easy and quick walk, despite apparent distance. Keep taking the right forks, always up hill, and then finally a long straight stretch which comes out high up on the SW ridge of Tarren y Gesail. Easy to the top, then a good path all the way to Tarrenhendre. At the summit, there's a line of posts leading down the NE ridge, and this leads to a good enough path through the trees onto the logging road. It might be possible to descend through the forest to the start, but it was sooo hot, I just pogged along the track, quite a long way but quick enough.Gill21/04/2018
Continuation of walk from Mynydd Braich-goch. Followed the forest edge on a faint path SW to the bwlch, then up, steeply at first, to the summit. Descended back to Corris Uchaf by using the forest roads. Solo.Man of Kernow120/03/2018
#638 As per Nordicstar, who forgot to mention the 'unsuitable for motor vehicles' sign and cones at the bottom of the hill and the three gates! However, Jen was spot on with her description, wet!tim74716/03/2018
With Val. Rain for much of the walk and no views from summit. Parked at Abergynolwen and followed road up valley. A big zig-zag on a track took us up to the forest. Followed tracks through forest to open hillside. Up fence line on faint path to ridge which continued to summit. Returned same route having ascended Tarren Hendre previously.mike.hoult12/08/2017
As Nuttall's walk 10:4 The Tarren Hillsdgresty25/07/2017
2/8 (Foel Pandy/Tarren y Gesail/Mynydd Braich-Goch/Foel y Geifir/Mynydd Rhyd-Galed East Top/Mynydd Rhyd Galed (Tarrenhendre East Top)/Tarrenhendre/Mynydd Tan-y-Coed)Fergalh01/07/2017
Nuttall Walk 10.4.martin_hall31/05/2017
Dragon's Backhaydnw24/05/2017
From car park south of Corris taking tracks and firebreaks to Mynydd Braich-goch. Along and down fence line through some felling to get to col above Coed Tyglas before taking track to close to Craig Goch (bwf to negotiate to get to summit). That bagged, came back to col then took track to high point and cut back to ridge and up to Tarren y Gesail. Returned by paths and tracks passing Cwn Cadian (owner pointed out path was not in use but was happy to let me push through - he wasn't joking - should take row at junction heading north east).SS14/05/2017
Nuttalls walk 10.4 from AbergynolwynTony J22/10/2016
id the Nuttalls walk. Had no problem between the hills. A bit confused starting the walk in the forest but found the right track. Coming down of Tarren y Gesail did not go far enough down the hill in SE directions. Picked up a track part way down as it was on the edge of what is now the forest. Probably added a mile on doing this.johnjennison16/08/2016
With G. Mainly Nuttalls' Route from Abergynolwyn > Tarrenhendre via forest tracks and NW > Mynydd Rhyd-galed > Foel y Geifr > Tarren y Gesail > Abergynolwyn via path/track starting at SH 705 051 (eroded quagmire due to cows in places)RT197013/08/2016
Took a pretty much direct line to get here from the minor road. 1:50000 map lacks details that would have helped with route finding. Pretty damp underfoot, but got worse once the rain set in.jenx26/06/2016
Drove up minor road south from Abergynolwyn. One gate then parking at large turning area @240m. Followed track to new barn on hillside then through gap in trees to make direct ascent of SW slopes of Tarren y Gesail. From top followed the used path to bealach then along ridge w tops to increasingly cloud bound Tarrehendre. The main cairn clear, small cairn suggested on the hag has gone, went to the GR and all other possible tops. Back to bealach below and weaved through paths not all on 1:50k (use 1:25k) to get back to car.nordicstar26/06/2016
11.5 mile circular walk from Abergynolwyn, walked up lane to end then then track to forest and final pull onto Tarren Y Gesail, followed path down and gained ridge at Foel y Geifr, then carried on to Mynydd Rhyd-Galed East Top and Mynydd Rhyd-Galed, then onto Tarrenhendre. bit too warm for us all. From summit followed poles along path back into the forest where the trees have taken over the path, followed forest lanes back to Abergynolwyn, good walk. Hamish and Huey the spaniels finished with a good swim in the river.Saggers04/06/2016
Nuttall walk 10.4: Tarrenhendre - Mynydd Rhyd-galed - Foel y Geifr - Tarren y Gesailronaldo33323/04/2016
Round of the two Tarrennau from Pennaltweed23/03/2016
From Pennal. Plenty of free parking in the village. On a two night Backpack. Via Bron yr aur cottage being a Led Zep fan! Worth the visit. Camped on south west flank by plantation edge. Cold and Windy.mick18/03/2016
Nuttall walk in reverseRuth23/01/2016
12.5 mile circular walk from Abergynolwyn in perfect weather, walked up lane to forest, went out and back to Foel Pandy, continued following lane to end then final pull onto Tarren Y Gesail, followed path down and gained ridge at Foel y Geifr, then carried on to Mynydd Rhyd-Galed East Top and Mynydd Rhyd-Galed, then onto Tarrenhendre from summit followed poles along path back into the forest where the trees have taken over the path, followed forest lanes back to Abergynolwyn, very nice walk with views of Cadair Idris, Diffwys and even Plynlimon.DanTrig27/09/2015
Climbed solo on a long circular walk from Corris Hostel after having met Wycombe Wanderer for the first time there.Twice Shy23/09/2015
Continuation of Nuttalls 10.4 from Terrenhendre in mist and drizzle. Horrible muddy trudge back through old mine workings.Thearlaichdubh14/09/2015
Nutall walk return at bottom of valley before quarry very boggyunderhill07/09/2015
Great set of hills. With Jontallblond02/08/2015
Dragon's BackDinoF24/06/2015
From Abergynolwyn, following Dafydd Andrews' rout in the Welsh 100 book. An awkward walkDewi Prysor06/06/2015
Hazy sunny afternoon but cool - bare topped and rounded - impressive 360 degree views - set out from Abergynolwyn - ascended via Nant Gwernol (native Oak woodland) then through the forestry plantation above. Steep ascent to summit. A Raven says hellobriandavies20/03/2015
nuttall walk 10.4 on a day of four seasons.The cafe in Abergynolwyn is superb for after walk refreshment. With Frank.Lou01/03/2015
With Lindsay from Abergynolwyn visiting Tallenhendre, also East Top, Foel Y Geifr and Tarren Y Gesail.knarf01/03/2015
Climbed from Pennal - continued over Tarrenhendre, returning to Pennaljim pererin05/01/2015
From Tarrenhendre and Foel y Geifr up the second long grass slope of the day. Blowing wildly at the top and sat behind the trig for a quick snack. I followed the Nuttalls descent which, as others have said, is terribly boggy between the disused reservoir and the quarry. I was sinking up to my knees at times. I wonder if the worst of this can be bypassed by cutting through the felled bit of forest higher up the slope?Herbert Anchovy31/10/2014
Climbed from Foel Pandy through felled forest onto forest track and then through firebreak over fence and then directly upto the summit. Beautiful views to coast. Steep grassy ascent in sunshine. Descent on bearing to next top en route to Machynlleth. I lost my compass on the way down.Dazingdale09/05/2014
From Abergynolwyn (SH 67759 06951) - Good track to Bryn Eglwys Quarry, very boggy and mostly pathless to Pont Llaeron. Very steep ascent handrailing fence at edge of deforested area to stile at SH 70403 05457, grassy path then to the summit. Descended back to the stile then followed good forest track heading generally N then SE, eventually converging with the outward path back to the start. Route of ascent not recommended!david23020124/03/2014
From Abergynolwyn. Nuttalls' walk 10.4 from Vol 1, Wales. With Penda. 1120-1620. Clear all day but very cold and the odd shower. Didn't see another soul all day on these hills, even on a Saturday. Tree cutting led to me taking an easy winding forest road and adding a mile to route.beorwulf22/03/2014
a great two hill bag windy and spectacular views of the Idris rangeAristotle Chip26/10/2013
Beautiful views across to Cader on this walk: one of the few times I've seen it without its shroud of mist.ruthatlast20/08/2013
(cont fr Tarrenhendre) Followed path by fence along E ridge finally into trees and ending at col about 717054. Thence easy path by fence to top. Glorious day, fine views. Followed forest track back, cutting big bends by Hendrewallog. Finish 17:20dbb25/05/2013
A wet and steep ascent following the route of the Nuttall's descent from the Tarren circuit but an easy descent along a metalled forestry track accessed at SN 704054. Although further it is a pleasant walk all the way back to Abergynolwyn.Marshsand06/09/2012
Ascended on the long switchback forestry track from Abergynolwyn. I got a bit disorientated amongst the trees on the way down southwards and ended up some distance off route in Pennal instead of Machynlleth.Alex C01/09/2012
With Ray as addition to HF Tarrenhendre walk.Crib Goch15/07/2012