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Name:Pen y Castell
Hill number:2028
Height:623.5m / 2046ft
Parent (Ma):1965  Carnedd Llewelyn
RHB Section:30B: Snowdonia
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Carneddau
County/UA:Conwy (CoU)
Catchment:Conwy
Class:Nuttall, Subsimm, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(N,sSim,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:SH 72190 68883
Summit feature:boulder
Drop:29m
Col:594.5m  SH 71943 69030  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 115
(1:25k) OL17E
Observations:boulder is 0.46m higher than outcrop 60m SW at SH 72222 68925 and 2.43m higher than rock tor 230m ESE at SH 72437 68877
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica RX1250
Survey of Pen y Castell (Final).doc
Comments:The Nuttalls give the summit as the rock tor at SH724688. Drop 29.0m by line survey.
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 298 users)ByDate of Ascent
From Bwlch Y Ddeufaen. Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell and Penygadair. Very Windy, very claggy and at the end very wet!alunrees050423/12/2019
From Ros Lyn, down to Avon Dulyn, up to Penygadair and over Pen Y Castell. Onto Drum, Foel-fras, Carnedd Gwenllian and Foel Granch. South east to Gledrrfordd, scrambled over Craig Eigiau then over Bryn-gwenith.ByronHaywood10/10/2019
Second top of three on a ten mile walk following Nuttalls route The Northern Carneddau. From the small car park south west of Tal y Fan at the end of the minor road.WAYNE ROWLETT04/08/2019
Nice Sunday walk bagging Nutallsjmistry8623/06/2019
From Bwlch Y Ddeufan. Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell, Tal Y Fan and Foel Lwyd. Lovely DayAngelfon8319/03/2019
From AberDan Baddeley15/03/2019
From pub car park in Tal-y-bont, via Pen y Gaer and Penygadairderrymark16/02/2019
1/3 (Pen y Castell/Pengadair/Waen Bryn-Gwenith)Fergalh25/03/2018
From the car park west of Cae Coch Farm (SH721715). Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum and Pen y Castell. Very windy on the tops, otherwise a good day with nice views.Lazylizzie23/03/2018
Climbed with Peter Thirkettlepsburgess15/11/2017
Solo. From Drum and on to Penygadair.Aimless Rambler28/08/2017
From Bwlch Y Ddeufaen. Pen Y Cydgoed, Foel-Ganol, Yr Orsedd, Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell, Penygadair and Pen Y Gaer. Lovely day, warm and windy!!Alunrees3322/05/2017
Parked at small car park at head of valley. Foel Lwyd, Tal y Fan, Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum, Pen y Castell then Penygadair (east and west tops).BobHancock12/04/2017
Parked by bridge at Aber falls.£2 all day. Walked up road to top car park then straight up Foel Dduarth. Steep going on scree & through gorse but great view of whole valley and snow covered tops on gaining the ridge.Then stroll down to col and upto summit of Foel-ganol. On to Yr Orsedd,Carnedd y Ddelw.Drum, out & back to Pen y Castell,Foel-Fras,Carnedd Gwenllian,over Yr Aryg,Bera Mawr & Bera Bach then descending to Aber falls. Great views all daymart079716/04/2016
Great view of Conway valley did it as the nuttalls book walkAristotle Chip05/03/2016
Foel-ganol, Yr Orsedd, Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum, Pen y Castellkeithouk17/01/2016
With Mrs G on Nuttall's 1.3 walk. Damp day, but rain only intermittent.jonglew14/09/2015
Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum, and Pen y Castell from Bwlch y Ddeufaen. Path less tramp back to car! DSFred Windsor11/07/2015
Nuttall walk 1.3: Tal y Fan - Foel Lwyd - Carnedd y Ddelw NW Top - Carnedd y Ddelw - Drum - Pen y Castell - Penygadairronaldo33327/06/2015
See Foel Grach logDewi Prysor23/06/2015
Nuttalls walk 1.3, with Lindsay, Steve and FrankCrib Goch24/04/2015
Nuttall walk 1.3 plus others with Martin, Frank ,Steve and BrianLou24/04/2015
With Martin, Lindsay & Steve visiting Tal y Fan, Foel Lwyd, Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum, Pen y Castell finishing on the hill fort of Pen y Gaer. Dry, but cloudy for most of the day.knarf24/04/2015
From 743693. Walk included PenygadairJamesD197224/03/2015
Stormy morning, sunny afternoonRuth07/06/2014
Parked at Bwlch Y Ddeufan. Foel Ganol, Yr Orsedd, Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell and Penygadair. Good weather, Excellent visibility and some great views.AlunRees3118/02/2014
From car park above Cae Coch, a round of Tal y Fan, Foel Lwyd, Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum and Pen y Castell. Drizzle all day.rhalstead06/11/2013
STARTED A 2 DAY EXPEDITION THROUGH THE CARNEDDAU AT THE CAR PARK AT THE END OF THE ABER FALLS ROAD AND FOLLOWED THE EASY TRACK UP OVER CARNEDD Y DDELW TO DRUM. LEFT PACK WITH JOYCE AND WENT OUT AND BACK TO PEN Y CASTELL ON GOOD PATH. CONTINUED ON TRACK TO FOEL FRAS AND DID THE SAME WITH LLWYTMOR. VERY STRONG WIND ON THE RIDGE. PUSHED ON TO CARNEDD GWENLLIAN AND PITCHED TENT IN LEE OF SOME ROCKS. QUICKLY OUT AND BACK TO FOEL GRACH BEFORE DARK.BURGESS31/08/2013
From Penygadair. 2nd Peak on a short hike easing back into it after fellow bagger's back injury :)HillboBaggings30/07/2013
l y Fan, Foel Lwyd, Foel Ganol, Yr Orsedd, Pen Bryn-du, Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum, Pen y Castellijpowell06/06/2013
Bethesda to Tal-y-Bont. Carnedd Gwenllian, Foel Fras, Drum and Pen y Castell. Cloudy.tobywharne30/05/2013
Included Tal y Fan, Carnedd Ddelw and Drum. Fine sunny day.axe.stephen25/05/2013
N&MC walk from Rowenbickers24/04/2013
4th and last of the day.bolton09/01/2013
CJM09/01/2013
bagged with my dog on way to foel fras parked at 743/692Mad Tom17/11/2012
Tal y Fan - Foel Lwyd - Carnedd y Ddelw - Drum - Pen y Castell. Had to crawl onto the summit as the wind was so strong. Descended in darkness to a warm fire and beer at the pub in Rowen. Better than Xmas shopping which is what my wife was doing!Herbert Anchovy12/12/2011
With MJ & DP on CUHWC Caseg Fraith Trip. A circuit from Cwm Eigiau car park. Craig Eigiau up onto Carneddau and then down via Pen y Castell, taking in all Nuttalls vaguely en route! Finally some good weather!AGWilliamson12/11/2011
Same as Andrew; Cwm Eigiau - Craig Eigiau - Foel Grach - Garnedd Uchaf - Foel-fras - Llwytmor - Drum - Carnedd y Ddelw - Pen y Castell. Good weather, and wide open rolling moors made for fast walking with great views of the sea. A brilliant circuit.Mark Jackson12/11/2011
eyenose06/11/2011
walked down from drum with rees last bag of the day. Walked down to the lodge in tal-y-bont and enjoyed a victory half :Djonnygoodman22/08/2011
Last bag of the day. Went from here down to the lodge in Tal y bont for a victory pint :)Angelfon22/08/2011
Nuttall/Dewey bagging horseshoe from Abergwyngregyndavidpettit8418/06/2011
Minor road south of Tal y Fan – Bwlch y Ddeufaen (Pass of the two stones) – Carnedd y Ddelw – Drum – Pen y Castell – Old road, footpath & minor road back to start of walk. (JL)gerrybowes11/01/2011
Nuttall's 1.3 in the mist above about 1800m.clivevilla15/10/2010
Walk 1.3 The Northern Carneddau NHoldpens09/10/2010
On my own. From Llwytmor, last peak of the day.alwaysinshorts15/05/2010
Poor day with low visibility but good because I had my mate Neil along.simon and co06/05/2010
4th peak of the day - a long way down fromm Drum! Difficult to be sure of actual summit in mist, but cleared afterwards to confirm my nav!huwthomas02/04/2010
with danieljamestryfan20/12/2009
On a walk from Lake Ogwen to Tal y Fan.Flipperfeet05/07/2009
One of two bonus summits after finishing the Carneddau traverse with Ian and James.simocity05/07/2009
Carneddau traversejim_aramis05/06/2009
From roadhead via Melynllyn Reservoir, Foel Grach and Drum.Wheelsy31/05/2009
From Bwlch Y Ddeaufaen with Kathie richardsun24/01/2009
did on way to drum and foel fras with abergele ramblersmattcymru15/08/2007
Descent from Drum on circular from Foel Grach and Foel Fras. Heathery boggy top.emily08/08/2007
with Tony and DevonStuart Hyde28/07/2007
Part of Tal y Fan, Foel Lwyd, Carness y Ddelw, Drum, Pen y Castell circuit. Chilly day, but some fantastic views.jester6925/05/2007
very boggy over from the roadhead car park - took it on directgigglejon17/05/2007
KeithByTheC17/04/2007
subsidiary of drum, we descended to it from drum and then headed back to car at rowen.stig_nest15/03/2007
climbed on my way to drumgreendave10/08/2006
Climbed with Chris on circular walk from Cae Coch.dhbond29/04/2006
End of the walk starting out at Tal y Fanbeamerboy3629/04/2006
with Gilljohnjennison04/07/2005
Climbed as part of route 1.3dianepick03/04/2002
Galltywenallt23/05/1999
From the good car park at Bwlch y Gaer. With brother, Pete: Penygadair, Pen y Castell, Drum, Foel Fras, Carnedd Uchaf, Foel Grach, Craig Eigiau and Pen y Gaer. Another rocky summit, very windy.pwheeler16/02/1999
From Grid ref. SH676716.Marshsand12/10/1998
Walk: 1.3. With: Nigel Cater. Notes: Hot daydchill0120/09/1998
approx dateFreelander22/07/1998
Solo. Last of 11 tops on an overcast windy day.mikejacobs17/01/1998
From col to south, inc. Drosgl and Drumnordicstar24/07/1997
second ascentthenomad15/04/1995
The last Welsh 600m top. Shared a bottle of bubbly on the summit with Dave Norris and Jed Stone.thenomad30/05/1994
Outlier on the ridge from Drum distinct top but a boggy route back to the road head or a long walk back on tarmac awaits. Nutall route is nice in either directionRhayader_wander11/01/1992
petey01/01/1990
Date unknown RHW01/01/1990
With walk up Foel FrasPeterD09/06/1985
from Drum. On compass down over heather patches and bog. Over fence and up a few minor crags for 100' to top.arranc07/04/1985
Age 17. My 2nd solo 2000 foot hill from Llandudno Junction on a family holiday -walked from there and back. Heavy showers. On summit met couple who searched for aircraft wrecks.Used compass for descent.Chris Pearson25/05/1980
Climbed with Peter ThirkettleP.Thirkettle01/01/1970
GMGMTIdris30/05/1960
From SH 732 663 to SH 721 715 - completing Welsh Nuttalls on Tal y Fan.summitsupblank
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