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Name:Pumlumon Fawr [Plynlimon]
Hill number:2161
Height:752m / 2467ft
RHB Section:31A: Aberystwyth to Welshpool
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Central Wales - Pumlumon
County/UA:Cardiganshire [Ceredigion] (CoU)
County (CoH):Cardiganshire [Ceredigion] (CoH)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Rheidol, Wye
Watershed:Severn Estuary, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Cardigan Bay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem,
Trail 100
Grid ref:SN 78972 86945
Summit feature:trig point
Col:226m  SN870298  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 135
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  • Cardiganshire [Ceredigion] historic county top
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 566 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked at Eisteddfa Gurig, up track to woods then path to summit. Glorious inversion, Cambrian Mountains and Cadair out in the sun. Fog all around. 2/3 MarilynN.Morters23/01/2020
from resevoir y garn, pumlumon fawr, pumlumon fach, pumlumon east top, pen cerrig tewion, pen pumlumon arwysli, carnfach bugeilyn, pumlumon cwmbiga, back to source of severn, bryn cras then descend via cairn 807897 down to hengwm south bank very wet even in dry spellunderhill21/09/2019
8.5 mile circular from Nant Y Moch road, followed road than track to reservoir below Plynlimon, followed trail ascending east from reservoir up to Pen Pumlumon Llygad-Bychan and along to Plynlimon (both previously bagged in 2013), followed ridge round to Y Garn, then descended west over pathless terrain and a barbed wire fence down to car. Later that day bagged Pen.Y.Garn and Esgair Penygarreg. Hot and sunny with a breeze, amazing views from Snowdonia to the Brecon Beacons and even Pembrokeshire National Park, saw 5 people all day.DanTrig01/06/2019
With CathyS. From camp near Y Garn. masmith05/05/2019
From Eisteddfa Gurig to S (£5.00 to park). Quite an interesting summit area.ger17/04/2019
Eisteddfa Gurig pass - Pen Pumlumon Arwystli - Pen Pumlumon Llygad-bychan - Pumlumon Fach - Pumlumon Fawr - Y Garn - Drybedd - Dyffryn CastellMark Jackson16/04/2019
From Maesnant road end SN 775879. Operated ham radio on summit for SOTA before heading for Banc Llechwedd-mawr and Drosgol.G4OBK (Phil)06/04/2019
Exploring Mid Wales walk from Nant Y Moch with Carolym from Co Durham. Came all the way to climb Plyn - one of the Three Peaks of Wales list!Rob Rees01/04/2019
Dragon's Back Reccedc9623/03/2019
With CPgarth8721/02/2019
During a long weekend in Wales with J, Shaky & Smithy. A sunny but breezy day. Paid the £5 at Eisteddfa Gurig into what amounted to an honesty bucket after debating whether to park in a layby further down the hill. Followed the E RoW to the summit of Pen Pumlumon Fawr for a good view, then onwards over the E top to Pen Pumlumon Arwystli. Then reversed the tops checking out the source of the Wye & descended the W RoW. I nipped out & back to Y Garn which is a nice top before cathcing the others up. Saturday night entertainment in Rhayader ensued...NotReallyABagger29/09/2018
From Y GarnNeil Midgley28/08/2018
Walked from Llanidloes past Clywedog dam through Hafen Forest. Then to Source of River Severn. From there follow border fence along the broad ridge climbing to Plynlimon. Camped on top to a glorious sunset. Down steep west slope (no path) to Nan-y-moch reservoir and long walk to Aberystwyth. Hot and sunny!peter09/07/2018
From A44 via Y Garn.Winterfloodian17/05/2018
Alone on a very cold, wet and icy day.Rob Pen y Garn21/01/2018
With Lynfa foe a xmas day walk.Rob Pen y Garn25/12/2017
3rd visitsoftsquare19/09/2017
With Chris Gmagirob05/09/2017
On the across wales walk.Pilch02/09/2017
On own. From car park on A44 by Eisteddfa-Gurig. W to forest edge then N alongside forest until ridge then N to summit. Return via footpath heading SE to old miners track. Beautiful clear skies. A good walk.Beeliner24/08/2017
One hour forty five, four and a half mile county top walk which started from the minor road that runs along side the Nant Y Moch reservoir. followed the service track to Lly Llyad Rheidal and then up grass path to the col to reach the path of the right which you follow to the trig, Can be boggy on the return if you follow the Maesnant down but good views of the reservoir.WAYNE ROWLETT21/08/2017
From Eisteddfa Gurkha car park. Up by old mines and back on ridge via forest edge.Lionel Bidwell12/07/2017
With Dan. A ridiculously windy day!Flipperfeet11/06/2017
Nuttall walk with Flipperfeet, Mixed bag weather wise but managed to get some views. Nice part of the world.simocity11/06/2017
A 2 day wander around Plynlimon, starting from Nant y Moch reservoir, north-east to Glaslyn then south past the source of the River Severn & a night on the edge of Hafren Forest. Then a visit to the source of the Wye and back to the reservoir via Plynlimon Summit. Day 1 clear skies, got back to the car just before a thunder storm arrived.mickdavidson26/05/2017
Dragon's Backhaydnw24/05/2017
Parked at Eisteddfa Gurig (£5 for the day), lots of spaces, headed N via old mine and source of river Wye to Pen Pumlumon Arwystli, then on to Pen Pumlumon Llygad-bychan [Plynlimon East Top], Pumlumon Fawr, Pumlumon Fach and Y Garn. A super day out on almost deserted hillsides.Cas-gwent09/05/2017
From SN762861, steep and pathless to Y Barn then straightforward round of the other 4 Nuttalls, finally descending via Pen Cerrig Tewion and back on the track from Llyn Lygad Rheidol. Cloudless skies throughout - great day out.milimana08/04/2017
From NW starting near Maesnant, up N side of waterfall. Faint path all the way. Views from Clwyd to Brecon. Descended north to footbridge.Topographer5706/04/2017
With Pops. sunny day. 1st test of knee, all good bit harsh on hard track, overnight by road,Dav3h02/04/2017
With Richie. Parked SN767869 - Y Garn, Pumlumon Fawr, P. Fach (both tops), Pen Pumlumon Llgad-bychan (both tops), Pen Pumlumon Arwystli, Pen Cerrig Tewion before descending to Llyn Llgad Rheidol. Lovely autumnal sunshine and views stretching the entire length of Wales.Herbert Anchovy26/11/2016
With Herbert. Parked SN767869 - Y Garn, Pumlumon Fawr, P. Fach (both tops), Pen Pumlumon Llgad-bychan (both tops), Pen Pumlumon Arwystli, Pen Cerrig Tewion before descending to Llyn Llgad Rheidol. Lovely autumnal sunshine and views stretching the entire length of Wales.Richard Lawrenc26/11/2016
Easy walk from the car park on the main road, which is still £5. Passed a killed badger at around 2000ft which was half eaten by something, seemed quite high.David Bell10/11/2016
with danieljamestryfan04/10/2016
Went up track off south side of Nant-y-Moch to Llyn Rheidol and took sheep track up bluff between to summits. Turned right up to the top of Plunlumon Fach. Nice View from the top of Cardigan bay, lots of impressive cloud. (Had already climbed the peak on the left of the bluff but realised this wasn't Plunlumon Fach). Down to bottom of bluff and on up the path southerly and up onto Plunlumon Fawr. Had seen the low cloud shroud the peak from P. Fach and as I was ascending, after quick sarnie, cloud came in again. Pressed on and not far to P. Fawr. Cloud and wind at top. Much colder than Aberystwyth this morning. Back the same way. Highland cattle blocked the road home but got going eventually. Good afternoon.stridingElephant01/10/2016
From the private car park at Eisteddfa Gurig on the A44 despite the £5 charge, HMRC please note. Track, then clear path to the top. Excellent shelter. Decided to forego the nearby Nuttalls as the weather came in.Newton Maximus17/05/2016
From Eisteddfa Gurig via the Sweet Lamb rally complex. Beware the ford. Up to the River Wye source and then cut up to the ridge. Back down the fence to the wood. Clear still Saturday. Only saw 4 other walkers.Tribillo14/05/2016
From the private car park at Eisteddfa Gurig on the A44, beware the £5 charge. Track, then clear path to the top. Excellent shelter. Great views. Very windy! Back along the ridge running approx SSW.Arbie12/05/2016
Very windyRuth10/04/2016
Came up from the A44 via Y Garn - very windy & rather cold so we went back down for hot chocolateDanMaisieBex10/04/2016
From the of public road to West, with the other two Marilyns. Good circuitnordicstar22/02/2016
Parked at road end nr Maesnant. Up the stream line almost direct to the top. Easy walk. Carried on round above the corrie and down the ridge/ valley line towards the new bridge. Out to Drosgol first and then back and over BLM. About 5 hours. Mostly ok underfoot and the bridges were handy.jenx22/02/2016
From Nant y Mochtweed30/01/2016
With Jasmine. Walked from Nant y Moch. Some snow on ground, misty.jonesthesteam17/01/2016
With LynfaRob Pen y Garn01/01/2016
Daeth y niwl i lawr wedi imi goncro Y Garn (Drum Peithnant) a Pumlumon Fawr. Roedd rhaid gadael i ddychwelyd eto. Did this and y Garn (Drum Peithnant) before heavy fig closed down. Decided to head down to see some stones and cairns, and return again.Dewi Prysor26/10/2015
Solosimon and co18/10/2015
As per Nuttall route 11.1, with Penda. Clear and only saw one person. Returned via Lyn LR as recommended in book.beorwulf17/09/2015
Last Welsh ancient county top and like all the others, magnificent. Parked in the (totally deserted) car park beside the dam and walked along the road beside Nant y Moch to Bryn y Beddau where a path starts south but quickly swings north west. An unmapped path heads up alongside Maesnant which we followed all the way to the summit. A direct route back to the car park looked possible - and was until we reached really difficult boggy terrain which slowed the last couple of miles greatly. Views from the summit are brilliant.callumorr13/09/2015
from Maesnant, after BLm and Drosgol, straight up ridge in mist and drizzle, ignoring the good path on the N bank of the Maesnant burn, until I found it on the way down.Thearlaichdubh12/09/2015