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Name:Moel y Cerrig Duon
Hill number:2116
Height:625m / 2051ft
Parent (Ma):2104  Esgeiriau Gwynion [Foel Rhudd]
RHB Section:30E: Bala to Welshpool
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Arans
County/UA:Powys (CoU), Gwynedd (CoU)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Dee (Flint), Severn
Watershed:Severn Estuary, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Liverpool Bay
Class:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge,
Clem
(Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg,Cm)
Grid ref:SH 92353 24153
Summit feature:cairn
Drop:80m
Col:545m  SH913232  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 125
(1:25k) OL23E
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 266 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Continuation along the fence line, fine views of Llyn VyrnwyDanMaisieBex04/08/2019
An hour out and back from the pass, a lovely way to start the day as the views are quite excellent in all directions. I know it's technically and Aran but it feels so much more a Hirnantau hill, can't quite get my head around it.Jake99414/07/2019
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
Quick out-and-back walk from top of Bwlch-Y-Groes pass to Moel Y Cerrig Duon via Foel Y Groes, good track all the way to cairn on summit, last 2 hills of the day. Earlier that day did a 10 mile walk re-bagging Aran Benllyn, Erw Y Ddafad-Ddu, Aran Fawddwy and bagging Foel Hafod-Fynydd, Llechwedd Du, Esgeiriau Gwynion and Llechwedd Llyfn. Perfectly clear and sunny with a nice breeze all day with views stretching for miles.DanTrig15/05/2019
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 1030underhill06/05/2019
Parked at Bwlch y Groes and followed the path by the fence up Foel y Groes and Moel y Cerrig Duon. Walk continued to Foel Tyn-y-fron. With JTSprog05/05/2019
Easy walk with Minnie from Bwlch y groes parking followed fenceline there & back Foel y Groes then Moel y Cerrig Duon, soft underfoot but not squelchy, some good long views, cold , occaisional sunshine.apricorum08/01/2019
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
From Foel y Groes then across the moor to Foel Tyn-y-fron through tussocks.Eddie22/08/2018
From Bwlch y Groes carpark.Dewi Prysor16/08/2018
From road to the south.Winterfloodian27/07/2018
Quick hit close to Bwlch y Groes which is the highest public road in north wales.jacobrichmond01/05/2018
6/6 (Craig y Gamell/Foel Dinas/Pen y Ffridd Cownwy/Foel Dugoed/Foel Y Groes/Moel y Cerrig Duon)Fergalh27/01/2018
SoloAimless Rambler14/10/2017
From the waterfalls car park at SH 94368 24088. Took path up through bracken above the falls, then a tough pathless heather bash up the valley of the Afon Eiddew and Cefn Blaen-y-coed to the summit. Then east to Moel Eunant. Solo.marktrengove01/07/2017
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
Quick hike out east from the bwlchvegibagger07/11/2016
Nuttall walk with extension over Aran Fawddwy as it looked so tempting from Foel Hafod-fynyddRuth17/04/2016
Visited on drive from Welshpool to Dolgellau. Parked in large layby to the west of Y Gadfa SH935238 setting off looking for PROW footpath to south of summit. Never did find anything on the ground (darned dotted green lines) but did find gate on line of path SH921238. Followed fence to summit then continued along fence to return to vanSteveSmith26/02/2016
Foel y Groes - Moel y Cerrig Duon - Foel y Groesronaldo33314/06/2015
a straight up and down but a great view of Lake Vyrnwy and the berwynsAristotle Chip14/06/2015
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. It then made more sense to do Moel y Cerrig Duon first and return to car park for the main event.David Gradwell27/08/2014
A quick there and back from Bwlch y Groes before the rain came.ju ju24/05/2014
Nuttalls chapter 8.2 with Lindsay.Crib Goch20/04/2014
Nuttall 8.2 walk with Martin from Bwlch Y Groes. Cloud and then rain in the afternoon.Lou20/04/2014
Followed the Nuttalls Eastern Arans route but returned over Llechwedd Du rather than dropping to the road.rhalstead19/03/2014
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
From top of pass- short walk to summit with Jack M.bolton17/07/2013
With Deborah, Frances & Rory. 1st Nuttall for Frances (3 years old) & Rory (2 years old)Donpeblo05/07/2013
Statred at 3.15pm, just time to get tomthe top and see the sun set over the Arans, super winter daygeoffreybbb08/01/2013
From Bwlch y Groes. Nipped up and down from the car park before doing the Nuttalls 8.2 walk. Easier to do this one first rather than at the end after ascending the pass.mick15/07/2012
Llechwedd Ddu, Foel Rhudd, Esgeiriau Gwynion, Foel Hafod-fynydd, Moel y Cerrig Duonijpowell18/05/2012
Evening ascent from Bwlch y Groes, along the fence-line.davidpettit8404/05/2012
BogtrotPeteF26/02/2012
A quick walk, by the fence, there and back, from Bwlch y Groes in mist and drizzle on my way through to Vyrnwy - wondering why it is that Bwlch y Groes should translate as Hellfire Pass?ruthatlast11/11/2011
Last of the day on the Nuttall walk. A bit of a slog. Coming down following Nuttalls instructions suddenly the car park appears not too far away. Lovely sight after a hard walk!johnjennison20/09/2011
Cairn with wooden post.Route:From Bwlch y Groes car park and back. Cloudy/cold.Chris Williams26/04/2011
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
With Ad and Yash after we failed to find anything frozen to climb near Dinas Mawddwy!! Quick walk from Bwich Y Groes to complete the Arans.tim evans11/12/2010
One other ascent on 05/11/2013.ngthack17/10/2010
With Pendabeorwulf04/07/2010
Start poin was Bwlch-Y-GroesJEASHTON25/05/2010
nice short walk from car park http://www.heavyhorses.co.uk/humpsheavyhorses23/04/2010
From Bwlch y Groes viewpoint, this time heading NE up broad grassy ridge, mostly alongside a fence. Cairn with stake at summit.Aye Jimmy14/04/2010
Did at the end of the Nuttall route. After the long climb back up to Bwlch y Groes I was ready to give up but it's straightforward climb up to the summit and an easy return.woodse13/02/2010
catch upkevroberts01/01/2010
Came back to finish off the Nutall walk that I had cut short 11 months ago after the energy sapping snow had worn me out. An easy out and back today from the car park.Father Ted08/11/2009
From Arans ridge starting at Lake Bala. Was planning to cross to Foel y Geifr and back to lake but lost the will to continue bog trotting so descended back via road.emily26/09/2009
Last peak of the day. Having been up to the Aran ridge, I left the rucksack in the car parked at Bwlch y Groes for this last one. Jogged back, so it was only an extra 30 minutes.huwthomas01/08/2009