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Name:Foel Goch
Hill number:2123
Height:612.7m / 2010ft
Parent (Ma):2104  Esgeiriau Gwynion [Foel Rhudd]
Section:30E: Bala to Welshpool
Area:The Berwyns
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Class:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:SH 94341 29084
Summit feature:no feature
Drop:46m
Col:567m  SH943287  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 125
(1:25k) OL23E
Observations:ground 9m N of pile of stones
Survey:Abney level/Leica 530
Survey of Trum Y Gwrgedd and Foel Goch (Final).doc
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 230 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Walked the route in section 7.5 of the Nuttalls book. Foel Goch, Trum y Gwragedd, Foel y Geifr , Pen y Boncyn Trefeilw, Stac Rhos, Cefn Gwyntog, Cyrniau Nod, Y Groes Fagl. People call these the boring Berwyns but I don't agree. How many of the hundreds of thousands who climb Snowdon and Cader Idris each year would persevere with this walk. It's a real challenge and there are some good views if the weather holds. A very steep descent to Foel Goch reminded me how unfit I've become. Great views at the top, could see Arenig Fawr, Aran Fawddy and Snowdon in the distance inbetween the snow showers. The summit of Trum y Gwragedd was tantalisingly 40 foot on the other side of a barb wire fence. I decided not to be a purist but as I walked on the guilt gnawed at me and, 200 metres later at a corner post, I decided to leave my backpack, cross over and go back to the summit. My gloves and trousers already had holes in them and I'm not sure I'd have risked it if I had been wearing new exptsharp21/03/2017
finished the year with solo ascent of Foel Goch, Trum y Gwragedd and Foel y Geifr on a dull windy day.Lou31/12/2016
Solo walk during a weekend trip to Llangollen for a friend's Birthday. Aber Hirnant - Foel Cwm-Sian Llwyd - along ridge via all Nuttalls to Pen y Cerrig Duon - road - Foel y Geifr - north along ridge - steep descent by forest to road - road back to Aber Hirnant. A rather dull and heathery set of hills!AGWilliamson18/12/2016
With G. Mostly Nuttalls' Route from cattle grid at Bwlch yr Hwch > Foel Goch > Trum y Gwrgedd > Foel y Geifr > Pen y Cerrig Duon > Pen y Boncyn Trefeilw > Stac Rhos > Cefn Gwyntog (faint path from gate near Cefn Gwyntog N Top) > Cefn Gwyntog North Top > Cyrniau Nod > Y Groes Fagl > start via Cwm GwynRT197017/08/2016
KeithByTheC30/07/2016
Solo. From the road and heading along the ridge towards Foel y GeifrAimless Rambler29/05/2016
Nuttalls walk 7.5. Highest point is actually on the faint path - cairn a few metres away.Crib Goch13/04/2016
with roger and kelly weather wasnt to bad views were goodDarren-44310/04/2016
14 mile hard circular walk from the cattle grid at the bottom of the pass, used ill-defined footpaths up onto Pen Y Boncyn Trefeilw, then along lane to Stac Rhos up the lane to Cyrniau Nod, back down taking the pretty much pathless ridge to Cefn Gwyntog, descended and forded the stream west above the waterfall, followed lane to road, then followed lane through forest up onto the moors, struggled through hideous pathless heather up onto Cefn Coch, then across more heather to Foel Y Geifr, then down little path onto Trum Y Gwrgedd and Foel Goch back down to car with half an hour of daylight left.DanTrig13/03/2016
Nuttall Walk 7.5: Foel Goch [The Berwyns] - Trum y Gwragedd - Foel y Geifr - Pen y Cerrig Duon - Pen y Boncyn Trefeilw SW Top - Pen y Boncyn Trefeilw - Stac Rhos - Cefn Gwyntog North Top - Cefn Gwyntog - Cyrniau Nod - Y Groes Faglronaldo33314/06/2015
From trig pointemily24/05/2015
steep ascent from the roadAristotle Chip11/04/2015
Nuttall walkRuth09/09/2014
My last three Berwyns: - a delightful evening walk along the ridge west of the Hirnant valley, having parked at the top of the Bwlch.ruthatlast18/07/2014
Followed the Nuttalls route apart from Stac Rhos, Cefn Gwyntog, Cyrniau Nod all done as out and back from the track. Each with a handy cairn to indicate where to leave the track. Latter part of the day it poured with rain and cloud came down.axe.stephen28/05/2014
When I looked down upon this hill from the slopes of Pen Y Cerrig Duon, I thought omg look how steep that is. This was one of my longest days hillwalking, starting at Llangynog having already climbed the very steep Moel Dimoel and then track and bog to Cyrniau Nod, Cefn Gwyntog, Stac Rhos, Pen Y Boncyn Trefeilw, I took the Fp heading north branching off at the 550m mark to drop down the steep sides to the minor road running through the Hirnant pass. I walked up to the cattle grid and then took a direct line up using Sheep paths and then slate. Every 30 metres i needed a short break to get my breath back. I would say this was more of a scramble than a walk, using heather and hauling myself up little by little, eventually gaining the top of the ridge!The relief at the top was palpable. Walked west along the ridge to the summit. This hill really tested my stamina!!Dazingdale06/05/2014
Followed Nuttalls Western Berwyns walk with a few additions.rhalstead16/03/2014
MAINLY FOLLOWED NUTTALLS WALK 7.5 FOR THE WESTERN BERWYNS. PARKED AT THE FOOT OF THE HIRNANT PASS AND WENT STRAIGHT UP VERY STEEP FOEL GOCH, THEN EASY WALK ALONG THE RIDGE TO TRUM Y GWRAGEDD AND FOEL Y GEIFR. STEEP HEATHER DOWN TO TOP OF PASS THEN ALONG THE TRACK, POPPING OFF IT TO DO PEN Y BONCYN TREFEILW AND STAC RHOS. RETURNED TO TRACK BETWEEN ALL TOPS AND FOUND FAINT PATH OUT TO CEFN GWYNTOG. FOLLOWED FENCE TO CIRNIAU NOD AND FINISHED WITH THE EASY GROES FAGL. BACK THROUGH FOREST TO CAR - ANOTHER WARM SUNNY DAY OUT FROM BALA.BURGESS08/08/2013
from small parking area at 952 300, then ssw up grass to LH corner of wood, then a flippin' steep climb up the heather to join ridge. See contour lines on map - this was steep - and wet - note how the farmers wire fence is bent by so many people using it to pull themselves up...dicky22/06/2013
Nine-Nuttall circuit clockwise from Aber Hirnant, with Ruthdavidpettit8405/05/2013
Last of the day - eight tops.bolton08/11/2012
Parked in an old quarry at the foot of the Hirnant Pass - From the quarry followed fence up to the plateau - Foel Goch - Trum y Gwragedd - Foel y Geifr - E. across heather and then grass to the minor road close to the summit of the Hirnant Pass - Walked down road back to car. (JL)gerrybowes10/10/2012
Walk terminated after three tops due to cold, wet and poor visibility. Complete round done on 8.11.12 with G. BowesJohn L10/10/2012
Lovely sunny dayjohnjennison05/09/2012
Steep but straightforward climb from bridge at bottom of Hirnant Pass. First of eight peaks on Nuttall round. Saw no one else all day.woodse02/07/2011
Northern Hirnants 2 days / 22 miles. Start Finish Bala Wild camp in heather, very windy Rhiwaedog-uwch-afon, Foel Goch, Foel y Geifr, Pen y Cerrig Duon, Pen y Boncyn Trefeilw, Foel Cedig, Bwich y Gross-fagl, Foel Cwn-Sian,fellowsa20/05/2011
Straight up from the road bridge. Bit of fun scrambling on the cliffs, but the heather afterwards is awful, especially having done the 5 Nuttalls to the East.huwthomas14/05/2011
Bit of a scramble up from SH946273 but easy walking along the ridge. http://www.heavyhorses.co.uk/humpsheavyhorses27/04/2011
First hill in Nuttall walk 7.5. Steep ascent but once you are up you are up and next two tops are easy.David Gradwell25/09/2010
With Pendabeorwulf03/07/2010
Superb view of Arans and Arenigsgeoffreybbb20/06/2010
catch upkevroberts01/01/2010
Not real date - no log kept. Foel Goch, Trum y Gwragedd, Foel y Geifr, Pen y Boncyn Trefeilw, Stac Rhos, Cefn Gwyntog, Cyrniau Nod, Y Groes Faglijpowell10/07/2009
Small upright stone supported by slate, marks the summit. Nice view of the Arans. First hill of Nuttall walk 7.5 (steep walk).SteveClay15/03/2009
Solo. Long Berwyns walk. richardsun04/05/2008
Small cairn of slate within 10 metres of top. Parked at 946273, room for 4/5 cars. First Foel y Geifr then Trum y Gergedd then Foel Goch and back with Susan. Path on ridge but none up and down. Sunny March day with one quick snowfall, wet under footGlenelg19/03/2008
Steep start from the road.clivevilla12/02/2008
Revisit date. First date not recorded. RHW12/08/2007
Top, just a few stones on the ground.alwaysinshorts06/07/2007
an easy out and back over three hirnant hills. we cheated a little, managing to drive all the way up from near bala to farm buildings at rhyd wen. from there up forestry tracks and up a firebreak onto open hillside to foel goch.stig_nest15/06/2007
Wet miserable day.but 8 tops.Emlyno28/01/2007
Xmas trip, with Richard richardsun26/12/2006
With TonyStuart Hyde28/04/2006
Climbed as part of route 7.5 in the guide bookdianepick26/06/2005
topgigglejon15/08/2002
BogtrotPeteF21/07/2001
petey30/09/2000
GGTIdris06/05/2000
from Hirnant pass.Marshsand25/06/1999
Galltywenallt20/03/1999