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Name:Pen y Garn
Hill number:2205
Height:611m / 2005ft
RHB Section:31C: South-West Wales
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Central Wales - Pumlumon
County/UA:Cardiganshire [Ceredigion] (CoU)
Catchment:Rheidol, Catchment Boundaries, Ystwyth
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg,Cm)
Grid ref:SN 79856 77148
Summit feature:no feature by gate
Drop:194m
Col:417m  SN796839  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 135 147
(1:25k) 213
Observations:embedded rock by trig point 65m S at SN 79847 77084 is 0.1m lower
Survey:Abney level/Trimble GeoXH 6000
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From the south starting at minor road hairpin after parking 100m further south. Path shown on map is a swamp. Tracks are then OK, there is an unmarked track up the crest of the south ridge to the summit. Wind turbines on north side.Topographer5707/09/2019
From Arch CPSlash324/08/2019
TD &CThis Dog31/07/2019
From the south. Room to park one car in long grass (June) roadside at SN791753. Then walk track and then long grass field to a good track at 792759 from then very good cart track to the summit shelter.G4OBK (Phil)05/06/2019
4.1 mile out-and-back from minor road north of Cwmystwyth, followed track up edge of forest not marked on OS maps and then up zigzag lane onto the hill, great views on this clear, hot and sunny day stretching from Snowdonia, to the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire National Park. Earlier that day re-bagged Pen Pumlumon Llygad-Bychan and Plynlimon and bagged Y Garn, later that day bagged Esgair Penygarreg.DanTrig01/06/2019
With Isla from the arch. Circular route, 7.4 miles ,1400 feet of ascent including detour to avoid some rather frisky bovine teenager types.crax7327/05/2019
On the first day of three in Wales with Smithy & Shaky. From the car park at the Arch. The usual route from there was blocked off due to operations to contain a tree fungus as it turned out, so we took the westerly branch at the first 4-way junction instead, passing to the W of Bryn-llwyd & Truman. Although this adds 1km or so to the walk, the views are more extensive to W & N due to tree felling. Rejoined main track & then through gate at edge of forest, up slope keeping fence on L & then diagonally across slope to the summit. Back by the same route. The last of the hot, sunny April spell.NotReallyABagger21/04/2018
From the Arch car park.Susan Bidwell08/06/2017
Forest tracks from the Arch.Lionel Bidwell08/06/2017
Up and down from The Arch parking site via forest tracks. Easy access to open hillside from just before forest track reaches area of windfarms.Cas-gwent11/05/2017
#620tim74720/03/2017
After lots of messing about trying to find route (without map) including climbing Bryn-llwyd. Unofficial route but was scenic and sun came out to give an unexpectedly good end to the day. Great scenery (apart from the obvious) and got even better on drive home. Very like Southern Uplands but mercifully less spoilt.Wycombe Wanderer10/02/2017
A grand walk over Llan Ddu Fawr and Pen y Garn from the church at Rhaeadr Peiran, W of Cwmystwyth (Hafod estate). Down to Dologau, using all short cuts, then the lovely footpath along Nant Gau, with a surprising section with a handrail. Short cut up to bridleway, followed SW uphill to a good footpath cutting up hill E to the end of the forest road 773728. S, NE then SE to pick up a rough ATV track at 783711 across the bogs onto the hill, and straight up to the pools at 786704 and then to the trig. Great views, Anglesey to B. Beacons. To summit of Llan Ddu Fawr, then Bryn Dafydd (excellent mossy bogs), followed fence and then track down to Cwmystwyth. Up the road to 791754 to pick up track, dodging wet bits by a ruin to good track all the way to within 10 feet of the trig on Pen y Garn. Great views. Nasty rough stuff down to the wind turbines, then back through the forest, via branch at 786771 and home via Pwllpeiran.Gill20/01/2017
From unclassified road north of Cwmystwyth (396m marker on OS map). Boggy for few 100m but good track after.Chris Williams20/12/2016
A easy walk from the arch along the forest track and back via the path offAristotle Chip01/12/2016
From the SSW with Richie. Short bit of wet track to start with and then a gentle amble up a zigzag road all the way to the trig and wind shelter.Herbert Anchovy27/11/2016
From the SSW with Herbert. Short bit of wet track to start with and then a gentle amble up a zigzag road all the way to the trig and wind shelter.Richard Lawrenc27/11/2016
Nuttalls walk 11.2 with detour up TrumanTony J05/11/2016
Parked on the forestry track on the left just after the turn off for the Hafod Estate (heading Aberystwyth to Cwmystwyth). Rain at first but luckily it cleared and beautiful, big, cloud views on the summit. Quick sandwich on the very welcome stone windbreak due to the strong south-westerly on the top, and then back down, through the woods and to the car. Bendigedig!stridingElephant25/09/2016
Second of nine on sunny day (Gamallt/Pen Y Garn/Banc Hir/Geifas West Top/Geifas/Domen Milwyn/Bryn Dafydd/Hafod Ithel/Cefn Blewog)Fergalh17/04/2016
Parking for one car (just) about 50m from track off minor road nr Lluest. Very wet in places, wellies advisable! Once on hard surface track an easy walk with gates all way and no need to hop barbed wire fences. A fine summit shrlter and trig, better than the gated corner overlooking the sinister turbines. Up and back down to car w Jenx in 90 mins.nordicstar23/02/2016
A beautiful morning, spring in the air.jenx23/02/2016
Break in terrible weather. With moggs.jonathanwilliam08/02/2016
From The Archtweed13/01/2016
with dave and ange weather wasnt to bad for the first day of the yearDarren-44301/01/2016
with dave and angemy-list01/01/2016
1130-1430 with Penda, as per Nuttall 11.2. Nuttall's way back unusable - too many new fences, so returned via outbound leg and got lost in forest trails - saved by GPS! Wet on top - HIDEOUS windfarm close by.beorwulf18/09/2015
Was very short of time, so parked at 791,753 - room for one car - and followed tracks to summit. 90 minutes there and back. The RoW from 790,753 which i used in descent is better than the more direct route shown on the OS map - my ascent route - which was overgrown and horrendously wet.Crib Goch08/08/2015
With G. Nuttalls' route from The Arch up forest track then short climb to top. Great view of windfarm. Back via good tracks to right of way passing Gelmast.RT197003/08/2015
Nuttall walk , added truman, with Sharon an a warm and wet day.Lou01/08/2015
Nuttall Walk 11.2. Workaday walk up through forest on wide access road. Return more interesting. Some very feisty steers around Bryn y Gwydd; they bolted, we caught up with them where they were trapped and had to allow room for them to bolt back past us, without taking us with them! HP at the trig pillar? Or 75m N at junc field boundaries, by the gate?jonglew27/06/2015
STOPPED AT THE BEND IN THE LANE TO NIP UP AND BACK PEN Y GARN. SUNNY WITH EXCELLENT VIEWS.BURGESS18/06/2015
Came up from the Hafod Arch car park through the forest.Neolith10/04/2015
From entrance to forest up track then cut up to Cripau South Top, back to tack via forest rake, then on to Cefn Croes and beyond to Pen Y Garn. Followed track round to the rake (with yellow markers) to Banc Dorwen before dropping down to the Afon Merin. Followed track up past Nantsyddion then up to top track before cutting up just beyond Pen Dihewyd (double back to it). The going from there to Y Glog was easy enough before the drop down on the right of way to Fagwr-Fawr and then up past the old mine to the car. Excellent outing.SS04/04/2015
Nuttall walk 11.2: Pen y Garnronaldo33321/03/2015
Out and back from The Archjim pererin29/10/2014
Nuttalls' route from The Archdavidpettit8406/09/2014
With Bro Mynach Walking Club.Rob Pen y Garn31/08/2014
Continuation of walk from Truman. Rejoined forest road and walked north-east to edge of forest on the high point of the road. Them took a track south up to a gate, up through pasture and so to summit. With MP on survey. Walk continued to Banc Dolwen.marktrengove31/08/2014
Good day with Mid Wales LDWA.Emlyno15/06/2014
Obnoxious farmer @ 789741 parking for 4 cars @ 791753 1hour20 to summit easily cycleable with low gears would be excellent ride downrogreeves05/04/2014
Thick fog rolled in during the late afternoon just before we headed up the hill. Didn't see any of the views or any other people.axe.stephen14/03/2014
High point of a walk between Nant Rhys and Nant Syddion bothies.Alex C07/11/2013
Parked at Forestry Commission car park to south west (The Arch). Simple track through forest then short ascent over grass. Back same way - 2hrs. Lots of wind turbines.ijpowell05/10/2013
Walked Gorllwyn and Drygarn Fawr in the morning and then then drove over to Cwmystwyth for Pen Y Garn. Parked at 135-784753 (road is very narrow) and walked up edge of road and then track to summit, back down through the wood.tsharp24/08/2013
Easy walk for the most part on a forestry road.denisB5224/05/2013
DagnesGlenford24/08/2012
From The Arch, Ystwyth Forest.Marshsand09/06/2012
Lovely ascent. for a quick 'there and back' summit. Great view to south and west - windfarm looms large just as you arrive on track at summit shelter and cairn.andrew larkins13/05/2012
Car park at the Arch on B4574, 2 miles SE of Devils Bridge – NE along forest road to edge of forest at 794773 – SE up grass slope to the summit of Pen y Garn – SSW & then SW to corner of minor road at 783752 – Forest track back to car park. On ascent heard cuckoo in forest. (JL)gerrybowes08/05/2012