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Name:Moel Sych
Hill number:2089
Height:826.7m / 2712ft
Parent (Ma):2087  Cadair Berwyn
RHB Section:30E: Bala to Welshpool
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Berwyns
County/UA:Powys (CoU), Denbighshire [Sir Ddinbych] (CoU)
County (CoH):Montgomeryshire [Sir Drefaldwyn] (CoH)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Dee (Flint), Severn
Watershed:Severn Estuary, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Liverpool Bay
Class:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
Grid ref:SJ 06631 31862
Summit feature:rock by cairn
Col:792.7m  SJ 0694 3214  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 125
(1:25k) 255
Survey:obvious summit/Trimble GeoXH 6000
Comments:Formerly thought to be historic Denbighshire County Top, but Cadair Berwyn (hill 2087) is higher.
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  • Montgomeryshire [Sir Drefaldwyn] historic county top
  • Denbighshire [Sir Ddinbych] current county/UA top

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Parking space for a few cars at SJ 118 306. Round of Mynydd Tarw, Foel Wen, Cadair Bronwen, Moel yr Henfaes, Cadair Berwyn, Moel Sych, Post Gwyn, Moel Poethion, Godor. Descended through fields to track at SJ 110 302. Couple of farmers by the sheepfold didn't seem unduly concerned by our presence.Geoff Briggs01/09/2019
Super ridge walk from pistyll rhaeadr including Moel Sych, Cadair Berwyn & Cadair Berwyn Topdjaphoto31/08/2019
Parked on side of road just before waterfall beside the stream. Climbed path to top of waterfall then turned off to the right, up the steep grassy boggy ridge, following the fence on the right and dodging sheep mess everywhere. Great views at summit.giant_hiker03/08/2019
from stream south tan y fridd anti clockwise horseshoe nattalls and deleted tops and minor tops 10 hrsunderhill25/05/2019
Welsh County top bagging, beautiful waterfall at the start but busy with peoplejmistry8625/05/2019
From Tyn-y-ffridd SJ 11883 30812,via Rhos, Mynydd Taw, Foel Wen South Top, Foel Wen, Tomle, Cadair Berwyn North Top, Cadair Berwyn, then onto Moel yr Ewig, Moel Poethion, Godor North Top and Godor.Westdenewalker30/04/2019
With Jenna, Izzy, Simone and Guy.MrHallorann21/04/2019
Off for a full day hike with a group of friends from Shrewsbury. Parked at the Pistyll Rhaeadr carpark, and a long slow walk up the Nant y Llyn valley. Steep climb up the ridge of Craig y Llyn overlooking Llyn Lluncaws, then a march along the top to bag both Cadair Berwyns, old and new. Easy bagging of Moel Sych on the way back down to Pistyll Rhaeadr across Trum Felen. 700 metre ascents, 7 miles walking, just over 6 hours (but with a big group of children).Cangarwbach19/04/2019
Over from Cadair Berwyn and backN.Morters06/04/2019
With JB. Started at paid waterfall car park. Went to get great view of waterfall before heading straight up the hill. Good sunny but brisk weather. Pretty easy terrain then onwards along the ridge to Cadair Berwyn.Eliza10023/03/2019
Abandoned ridge - weatherDargydoof05/11/2018
Our second attempt at a long walk over the Berwyns & the weather almost won again. We gave up on our original plan as the rain came down in sheets & opted to start the climb again from Pistyll Rhaeadr. Ascended over Trum FelenDanMaisieBex26/10/2018
On the way to Cadair Berwyn from Tre Pistyll.Topographer5712/09/2018
Up from Pistyll Rhaedr car park, taking in Moel Sych, Cadair Berwyn and Cadair Bronwen before camping at Llyn Lluncawsandrew.morel01/08/2018
From Tyn-y-Ffridd; part of Berwyn Horseshoe. Sunny.Winterfloodian25/07/2018
From LlandrilloJamesD197218/07/2018
visited when visiting Cadair BerwynNozzer17/07/2018
13.2 mile walk from Pistyll Rhaeadr, climbed up path by Nant Y Llyn then followed dried up stream onto the ridge (very rough), went out and back to Godor, then followed ridge over Moel Yr Ewig and lovely trail up face of Cadair Berwyn above the almost dried up tarn, joined ridge up to Cadair Berwyn summit (2nd time) and onto along to Moel Sych (2nd time), then descended path south onto Trum Felen ridge, then cut down the side on grass to footbridge over Afon Disgynfa, climbed on grass then hideous heather to Post Gwyn, then followed ridge pathless but fairly easy terrain all the way to Glan-Hafon (have to cross several fences on ridge one with barbed wire), then descended down lane and path to Pistyll Rhaeadr. Started walk in cloud, but got sunnier as the day went on and very hot, storm clouds towards end, didn't see anyone throughout: 6hrs 35.DanTrig13/07/2018
10 mile circular running Mynydd Tarw, Foel Wen South, Foel Wen, Tomle, Cadair Bronwen, Cadair Berwyn North, Cadair Berwyn, Moel Sych, Moel yr Ewig, Gondor North and Gondor. The 11 summits taking past one hundred 2000ft Nuttals in Wales. Time 1 hour 54 minutes.rhif714/06/2018
From Llandrillo, out and back from Cadair Berwyn on a very hot Bank Holiday Saturday. Astonishingly extensive views, could have spent hours picking out all the hills from here.Jake99405/05/2018
From (an empty) car park at Pistyll Rhaedr. Ground very wet and slippy, blowing a hooly and cloud around the summit. Lashing with rain on return from Cadair Bronwyn. Stopped at waterfall on descent which was in full flow and very impressive.MichaelF21/11/2017
Retirement hike with IB, TM, PS et al.Man of Kernow119/11/2017
Continued from Cadair Berwynbardolph18/10/2017
827mThe Grouse02/09/2017
Three and a half hour, five and a half mile county top walk starting from Tan Y Pistyll £4 for secure parking, 20p for the toilets and a café when you get back this was one of the best starting points for a walk I've had in a while. Route was Moel Sych to Cadair Berwyn, Cadair Berwyn north top, and then onto the top for Wrexham Craig Berwyn.WAYNE ROWLETT24/08/2017
With val. Good weather. From 046373 approx. Track then path to col between Bronwen and Berwyn. Up to Berwyn and on to Moel Sych. Returned to Berwyn then on to Bronwen. Descended alongside fence line from summit to join outward routemike.hoult10/08/2017
Did this on a group walk with Walking for Pleasure. Onto Moel Sych, Cadair Berwyn, and Craig Berwyn before heading back to Pistyll RhayaderWayne Mac08/07/2017
coming to the end of a long day solocolinfielding03/07/2017
Berwyn Round from Pistyll RhaederMountain Goat23/06/2017
With Cary on a clockwise circuit from Tan-y-pistyll on a lovely summer's day - 24 km, 8 hours.Phreerunner01/06/2017
God bless moel such. Heralded the end of the most challenging walk i have done, from Oswestry to the milltir cerrig pass. The path from here to the pass is a long slog and would be hard to navigate for the inexperienced. Just keep heading ESEtumpawumpa12/04/2017
On own. From car park at Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall. Continued to Cadair Berwyn summit.Beeliner30/03/2017
From the waterfall car park. Slog through the bog to the summit. To windy on exposed top to reach Cadair Berwyn. Descended to the lake and back to waterfall following river. With Fin.jim1m26/03/2017
thers not alot of parking for this walk as anne and john say in there book THE MOUNTAINS OF ENGLAND AND WALES very hard under foot as it was cold and had been snowing this is a boggy walk so my advise is do it in the hight of winter or summer as you will get wetDarren-44310/02/2017
Start ~ 076293,Pistyll Rhaeadr. Took a direct Route up the south end of Moel Poethion, quite hard going. Summit not marked, continued to Moel yr Ywig through the normal Berwyn bogs and on to Cadair Berwyn. Weather was dry with a cold wind. Descended via Moel Sych and down to Llyn Luncaws and the valley path. With Wombourne.steve hudson01/02/2017
Second ascentPeteF30/12/2016
Solo walk. Start/finish in Tyn-y-Ffridd. Climbed Mynydd Tarw, Foel Wen, Tomle, Cadair Berwyn (both tops), Moel Sych, Moel yr Ewig and Godor ... basically Nuttall route minus Cadair Bronwen. 5 hours. Weather horrendous at times ... squally showers, gales, cold, but sunny spells in afternoon. A good walk; few paths and boggy in places but the escarpment of the main ridge is impressive, especially view of Llyn Lluncaws. Cadair Berwyn is really a forgotten mountain of Wales, despite its height ... saw nobody all day!jamessteel10022/12/2016
Solo walk during a weekend trip to Llangollen for a friend's Birthday. Tyn-y-ffridd - Godor - along Nuttalls to Cadair Berwyn - north as far as Moel yr Henfaes - back to Cadair Bronwen - over Tomle ridge - back to Tyn-y-ffridd. Amazing weather with a cloud inversion.AGWilliamson17/12/2016
From Spot height 486 to the west. Probably not the best route but nice to see the scenery gradually unfold and got a nice surprise at the top.Wycombe Wanderer14/09/2016
On a clockwise circuit from Llandrillo on a perfect summer's day. Solo, met 5 people all day.Phreerunner16/08/2016
With Andy and Em, exploring their local hills.Matt Smith22/07/2016
Successful Moel Sych walkspare.tyres19/07/2016
Climbed with Chris on route from Carrog to Llangynog.dhbond15/07/2016
10 of 14 on the Cadair Berwyn round.BobHancock25/06/2016
Been up a few times, on the way to Cadair Berwyn.noxibis01/06/2016
Moel yr Henfaes, Y Drum, Pen Bwlch Llandrillo Top, Cadair Bronwen NE Top, Cadair Bronwen, Craig Berwyn, Cadair Berwyn North Top, Cadair Berwyn, Moel Sychkeithouk08/05/2016
With RobLouieb7807/05/2016
Almost one year to the day since first going up Moel Sych, this time return with wife approached from the spectacular Pistyll Rhayadr Water Falls then on to Cadair Berwyn.SteveSmith08/04/2016
With SteveGinaSmith08/04/2016
From Llandrillo (SJ 03501 37208) - Cadair Bronwen - Craig Berwyn (boundary) - Tomle - Cadair Berwyn North Top - Cadair Berwyn - Moel yr Ewig - Moel Sych. Out via Moel Pearce, return via Foel Fawr.david23020103/04/2016