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Name:Esgeiriau Gwynion [Foel Rhudd]
Hill number:2104
Height:671m / 2201ft
RHB Section:30E: Bala to Welshpool
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Arans
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Catchment:Dee (Flint), Catchment Boundaries, Dovey
Watershed:Cardigan Bay, Liverpool Bay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Cm)
Grid ref:SH 88950 23643
Summit feature:small cairn of white quartz
Drop:166m
Col:505m  SH884229  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124 125
(1:25k) OL23E
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Bwlch y Groes > Llechwedd Du > Foel Rhudd > Esgeiriau Gwynion > Bwlch Sirddyn > Foel Hafod-fynydd > Ceunany y Briddell > Llechwedd Du > Bwlch y Groes.Winterfloodian24/07/2019
Back in the Arans. This time with Lucky and Mart.John Eley21/07/2019
A nine and half mile walk following Nuttall's route but first doing the out and back for Moel y Cerrig Duon and then over to Llechwedd Du, Foel Rhudd, Esgeriau Gwynion and Foael Hafod-fynydd. The climb up to the last top is very steep but is only around 400 meters and the climb up the road back to the car park was a sting in the tail too.WAYNE ROWLETT30/06/2019
Third hill from Bwlch y Groes. En route to the Arans.DanMaisieBex23/06/2019
10 mile walk from Cwm Croes, up Tir Gofal path from Nant-Y-Llyn farm to Llyn Lliwbran then climbed NW steeply onto the ridge, followed ridge onto Aran Benllyn, Erw Y Ddafad-Ddu and Aran Fawddwy (all bagged previously in 2011) then retraced steps to Erw Y Ddafad-Ddu and descended to Creiglyn Dyfi tarn, up easily onto Foel Hafod-Fynydd then diagonally onto Llechwedd Du, along ridge to Esgeiriau Gwynion, descended to Llechwedd Llyfn, then steep descent back to car in Cwm Croes, perfect sunny/breezy weather, good dry terrain, views from west Coast including the whole of Cardigan Bay to Shropshire. Saw 2 people all day. Later that day drove up to Bwlch Y Groes pass and bagged Foel Y Groes and Moel Y Cerrig Duon, great day.DanTrig15/05/2019
From road high point car park then onto to Aran FawddwyN.Morters11/04/2019
The five eastern Arans from Bwlch y Groes. Started with Moel y Cerrig Duan then back to the Bwlch and on to Llechwedd Du, Esgeiriau Gwynian, Foel Rhudd and finishing on the best of these tops, Foel Hafod-Fynydd.knarf14/12/2018
half day walk leave Bwlch y groes at 0600 walk the 4 nutall hills easy nav good viz but hard bog and heather walking , Llecwydd du, Esgeiraau gwynion, Foel rhydd fine views of arran range and beyond pack to col then foel y groes and Moel cerrig duon again good viz and fine views back to car at 1030underhill06/05/2018
A beautiful walk with Alex C up the footpath from Blaen-pennant. Just adequate parking by the gate on the hairpin bend (the gate seems disused). The valley is a stunner, and the path grassy, dry and very nice. Straight to the top by the Nant y Ffuddai for a grandstand view of the Arans and most of mid-Wales.Gill17/02/2018
So much more enjoyable accessing the hill from this side, with Gill, instead of the grotty old bogtrot back to the Bwlch y Groes car park.Twice Shy17/02/2018
Parked at hare-pin bend, up to Llechwedd Du and on to Esgeriian Gwynion.andrew.morel16/02/2018
3/4 (Llechwedd Du/Foel Rhudd/Esgeriau Gwynion/Foel Hafod-Fynydd)Fergalh04/02/2018
SoloAimless Rambler14/10/2017
As part of Nuttall walk 8.2, with Penda. 4.75 hrs, cool with spots of rain. Shepherds were gathering all sheep off these hills with their collies, very impressive.beorwulf07/07/2017
A dull summit made more interesting by the ascent to the southwest after having already been up Aran Fawddwy.Alex C20/04/2017
More or less did section 8.2 from the Nuttalls book with the exception of the North face of Foel Hafod-fynydd which had a lot of snow on it so I skirted East and went up the Western ridge which was relatively snow free and not as steep. Started off from Bwlch y Groes which is apparently the highest pass in North Wales and it's worth coming up here just for the drive! It was very wet and swampy with lots of groughs and wetness on the way up to Llechwedd Du. After that it was a short hop up to Foel Rhudd and an even shorter hop to Esgeiriau Gwynion. Tied the backpack to a fence on the way up to Foel Hafod-fynydd and picked it up on the way back down. The views at the top were absolutely superb: Aran Fawddwy was sprinkled with snow and looked gorgeous with Creiglyn Dyfi at the bottom. The grassy track (presumably there used to be a quarry up here) was a delightful route down as I no longer had to watch my feet and could admire the delightful waterfalls below instead. The only downside otsharp23/03/2017
From Llanuwchllyn. Pen-aran, Aran Benllyn, Erw Y Ddafad-Ddu, Aran Fawddwy, Gwaun Lydan, Foel Hafodd-Fynydd, Esgeiriau Gwynion, Llechwedd Du, Foel Rhudd and Llechwedd Llyfn.Alunrees3321/07/2016
From Bwylch y Groes, not doing the Nuttalls walk but used the faint path made by those so doing to circuit out around the neighbouring Simm and then collect the Marilyn. A right soggy bogtrot and best quickly forgotten :-). Great views of the main ridge where we had been earlier in the day on better mountain terrain.nordicstar12/07/2016
Not the best of walks from the high point of the road. It does get better.jenx12/07/2016
Nuttall walk with extension over Aran Fawddwy as it looked so tempting from Foel Hafod-fynyddRuth17/04/2016
Nuttall walk 8.2 part: Llechwedd Du - Foel Rhudd - Esgeiriau Gwynionronaldo33331/07/2015
From Llanwchllyn, Garth Fawr, Pen-aran, Aran Benllyn, Erw y Ddafad-ddu, descent to tarn for perfect lunch stop, Foel Hafod-fynydd, steep descent and re-ascent to Esgeiriau Gwynion, Llechwedd Llyfn.ijpowell15/07/2015
Cerdded o Fwlch y Groes Walked from Bwlch y GroesDewi Prysor26/06/2015
Dwarfed by its neighbours but a Marilyn - rounded peaty and covered in heather and grass. Small white quartz cairn makes me smile. Descent to Bwlch Sirddyn steep and impressive. An aerial display above as Red Kites,Buzzards and Ravens scrap. A strangly unsettling and hidden place. Visited just after an amazing solar eclipse.briandavies20/03/2015
36stod196204/03/2015
Beautiful day. Followed Nuttall's route from Bwlch y Groesjim pererin02/12/2014
Based on the Nuttalls' walk from car park at summit of pass but did away with the steep road walk as we had two cars and parked one at the hairpin bend.David Gradwell27/08/2014
From Bwlch y Groes, out over Llechwedd Du, return over Foel Rhudd.tim74717/07/2014
Nuttalls chapter 8.2 with Lindsay.Crib Goch20/04/2014
Eastern Nuttalls walk 8.2 with Martin on a cloudy and then wet Easter SundayLou20/04/2014
Followed the Nuttalls Eastern Arans route but returned over Llechwedd Du rather than dropping to the road.rhalstead19/03/2014
A steady climb up from Llechwedd Llyfn straight into the elements (wind with hail or rain). Tough going.JohnStoneham09/11/2013
ANOTHER FINE DAY AT BALA. DROVE TO BWLCH Y GROES AND DID NUTTALLS WALK 8.2. BOGGY BUT EASY WALK OUT TO LLECHWEDD DU AND ON TO FOEL RHUDD AND ESGEIRIAU GWYNION. JOYCE FOLLOWED THE PATH DOWN FROM THE COL TO THE ROAD AND WALKED UP TO FETCH THE CAR WHILE I DID FOEL HAFOD-FYNYDD - GREAT VIEWS OF THE CLIFFS OF THE ARANS. WALKED DOWN TO THE ROAD AND JOYCE DROVE ME UP TO A POINT BEYOND BWLCH Y GROES FOR A SHORT BUT ROUGH AND PATHLESS ASCENT AND DESCENT OF MOEL Y CERRIG DUON.BURGESS07/08/2013
Another beautiful day in the Arans - with no one else in sight until I neared the top of the pass on the return, to meet a couple of Dutch cyclists struggling valiantly up the other side. The aptly named Llaethnant, and views down into the Dyfi valley were amazing.ruthatlast06/08/2013
4th of 5 in the day.bolton17/07/2013
On Nuttalls 8.2 walkmick15/07/2012
From Bwlch y Groes.Marshsand11/06/2012
Llechwedd Ddu, Foel Rhudd, Esgeiriau Gwynion, Foel Hafod-fynydd, Moel y Cerrig Duonijpowell18/05/2012
Solo walk from Pennant. Along track on the north side of the Afon Dyfi, first Foel Hafod-fynydd then onto Esgeiriau Gwynion round the fences to Foel Rhudd cut across the moor to Llechwedd Du and back along the aformentioned track.Glenelg12/03/2012
Sort of followed Nuttall walk 8.2. As it was very windy we did Moel y Cerrig and then moved the car to the bottom of the pass for a less exposed approach up the valley. Saved walking back up the road too.mindlessflogger13/02/2012
Linear walk from Cwm Cywarch to Bwlch y Groes via eleven Nuttalls. From Foel Hafod-fynydd via Bwlch Sirddyn.davidpettit8428/01/2012
Fantastic linear walk in snow with David P, Ruth, Andrew and Jo from CUHWC: Allt Uchaf - Gwaun Lydan - Gwaun y Llwyni - Camddwr - Aran Fawddwy - Erw y Ddafad-ddu - Benllyn - Hafod-fynydd - Esgeiriau Gwynion - Foel Rhudd - Llechwedd Du - car at Bwlch y GrMark Jackson28/01/2012
CUHWC Bryn Golau Trip. With MJ, DP, RP & JS. Linear walk in lots of snow and good weather from Cwm Cywarch to Bwlch y Groes.AGWilliamson28/01/2012
Followed the fence from LLechwedd Du, low cloud obscured what would be great view of main aran ridgeapricorum20/09/2011
Nuttall walk - approach from Foel Rhudd - its nearer than it looks!johnjennison20/09/2011
OtisGlenford26/06/2011
Nuttall walk 8.2 A bit damp under foot ! http://www.heavyhorses.co.uk/humpsheavyhorses11/05/2011
Car Park at Bwlch y Groes – Llechwedd Du – Foel Rhudd – Esgeiriau Gwynion – Foel Hafod-fynydd – Moel y Cerrig Duon – back to Car Park. (JL)gerrybowes20/04/2011
walk starts at Bwlch y Groes. Excellent views of Aran ridge. With G. BowesJohn L20/04/2011
From LLechwedd Du, this hill was lessy boggy. Summit marked by a small cairn.isabelle25/10/2010
After Foel Rhudd. Small white quartz cairn on rough grass.Aye Jimmy14/04/2010
Beautiful afternoon with widespread views, walked in from the east after drier than average winter. After a couple of wet days this area could be used for bog snorkelling.Dugswell209/04/2010
As part of the Nuttall route. Perfect day for this - frozen ground meant there was no bog trotting and there were great views of the snow-covered Aran ridge all the way. Fences make for easy route finding.woodse13/02/2010
From Arans Ridge starting at Lake Bala and from Foel Hafod-fynydd. Continued across top to Bwlch y Groes. Bog trotting!emily26/09/2009
Followed the fence round from Foel Rhudd. Pretty simple.huwthomas01/08/2009
Fr car park at top of pass (10:50) took faint boggy path along fence at ridge top, then contoured to col. By poor navigation went via NE top to true one. Fine weather. Back to col, then followed faint path below peat edge for most of return. Car 13:25 dbb01/08/2009
Nuttall's 8.2.clivevilla06/03/2009
Highest point just to the east of where the 3 fences meet. A bit higher than normal today as it was covered in snow.Father Ted06/12/2008
KeithByTheC28/02/2008
a very wet and peat bog walk from the east.DARRENG02/01/2008
Exact date unknown, 1 of 5 on the day.Emlyno01/06/2007
3rd hill of the day. Small cain made with white quartz rock. If we were in mist It would have been a dreary plod, but it was a lovely sunny day with fine views towards The main ridge.SteveClay29/04/2007
a quick out and back from bwlch y groes, the original plan had been to include foel hafod fynydd but the weather closed in and we thought better of it. the descent / reascent between here and there is pretty severe by the way, having completed it at a latstig_nest12/04/2007
Round of Llechwedd Du, Esgeiriau Gwynion and Foel Hafod-fynydd from Blaen-Pennant.Eddie11/06/2006
The ascent Llechwedd Du to Esgeiriau Gwynion was more noticeable and virtually free of bog. Again, though, the summit was flat.peter4lc22/04/2006
With TonyStuart Hyde22/04/2006
with Richard richardsun11/12/2005
Epic snow day with Martin and Mark. Went up over Aran Fawddwy, descending E over Foel Hafod-fynydd. Snow waist deep in parts - brill. Ascent up to summit sapped last energy and return to Llanuwchllyn was painful. Great sunset though.robphys27/02/2005
Round of 3 marilyns from?BLACKHILL06/06/2003
From Foel Hafod-fynydd it was the proverbial up and down to this topgaryhoney22/03/2003
BogtrotPeteF27/01/2002
completed as part of walk 8.2 in the guidebookdianepick27/01/2002
petey30/09/2000
topgigglejon18/12/1999
Galltywenallt20/06/1999
GGTIdris04/08/1998
Solo run. Third of five peaks. Good views of Aran Fawddwy.mikejacobs20/06/1998
From Llanymawddwy (Pont y Pennant). The walk up the upper Dovey valley was a great start- worth doing even if you don't go up the hills. Over Llechwedd du, though, a route suggested by the Nuttalls. This is surely the most barren and charmless summit in all Wales. Then a simple walk on easy terrain to Foel Rhudd and onto Esgeiriau Gwynion, the Marilyn. Return over Aran Fawddwy and Darren Du. A great walk overall.pwheeler08/03/1997
Ascended from Bwlch y Groes. Excellent walk on to Aran Fawddwy in perfect weather.JohnW11/08/1996
Boggy open plateau below the main ridge summitsRhayader_wander16/12/1990
Date unknown RHW01/01/1990
from L D. 3/4 mile slog through heather to top. 15.00.arranc05/03/1988
Gwent Mountaineering Club meetmike.hoult02/11/1985
arrived here on traverse of Arans with big pack heading east with 'an awkward steep grass descent to bwlch then a steep crawl alongside the fence to peaty wastes of Foel Rhudd -bashed across heather to the far top beyond this one.Interesting that Bridge had listed the lower east top with I guess this higher west top (Nuttall) not showing on earlier maps.Chris Pearson11/06/1984
Nuttall collecting from SH 909 209. 199?summitsupblank
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