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Name:Llechwedd Du
Hill number:2122
Height:614m / 2014ft
Parent (Ma):2104  Esgeiriau Gwynion [Foel Rhudd]
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:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:SH 89402 22397
Summit feature:small cairn of white quartz
Drop:35m
Col:579m  SH893230  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124 125
(1:25k) OL23E
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 295 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Wild camp trip Eastern Arans. Very boggy.Taz3831/12/2019
From Bwlch y Groes summit car park. Nuttall route 8.2Neil Midgley18/09/2019
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
From Bwlch y Groes - surprisingly dry underfoot. Maisie wore her wellies anyway. Weather was overcast & cold - nothing like the day before.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
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
Parked at hare-pin bend, up to Llechwedd Du and on to Esgeriian Gwynion.andrew.morel16/02/2018
1/4 (Llechwedd Du/Foel Rhudd/Esgeriau Gwynion/Foel Hafod-Fynydd)Fergalh04/02/2018
Solo from Bwlch Groes. Bogs start straight away. Maybe it was the wet Autumn but that was pretty soggy.Aimless 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
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
Bogtrot along the fence en route to the Marilynnordicstar12/07/2016
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
Cerdded o Fwlch y Groes Walked from Bwlch y GroesDewi Prysor26/06/2015
just like kinder a bog hop trotAristotle Chip14/06/2015
35stod196204/03/2015
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
En-route to Esgeiriau Gwyniontim74717/07/2014
Nuttalls chapter 8.2 with Lindsay.Crib Goch20/04/2014
Eastern Nuttalls 8.2 from Bwlch Y Groes with Martin an a cloudy day with rain in the afternoon. Luckily quite a dry day to cross the peat hags.Lou20/04/2014
Followed the Nuttalls Eastern Arans route but returned over Llechwedd Du rather than dropping to the road.rhalstead19/03/2014
From the car park at Bwlch y Groes. Overcast with drizzly rain.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
2nd of 5 tops for the day.bolton17/07/2013
From Moel y Cerrig Duan. Big Haggs.mick15/07/2012
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
Very Boggy and difficult to walk through.Elwyn_Summers11/03/2012
Linear walk from Cwm Cywarch to Bwlch y Groes via eleven Nuttalls. Followed the ridge from Foel Rhudd.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
very boggy walk from car park at Bwlch y Groes, generally following fence.apricorum20/09/2011
Did the Nutall walk. A boggy approach to this peak. Not a lot of climbing but very many peat hags etc. Follow the fence!johnjennison20/09/2011
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
From Bwlch y Groes. What a bog!!! Summit marked by a small collection of white quartz stones.isabelle25/10/2010
From parking spot at viewpoint at Bwlch y Groes. Ridge SW then W to white cairn of quartz rocks.Aye Jimmy14/04/2010
Bagged on way to Esgeirau Gwynion, just follow the fence from car park to east, lovely warm clear afternoon.Dugswell209/04/2010
As part of the Nuttall route from Bwlch y Groes. 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.woodse13/02/2010
From Arans Ridge starting at Lake Bala. Crossed to Bwlch y Groes. Preferred the rocky Arans to bog trotting, which was tedious.emily26/09/2009
Fairly simple from Bwlch y Groes. Hag jumping is definitely an useful skill here though!huwthomas01/08/2009
Aran Ridge wild camp with Richard richardsun11/04/2009
Nuttall's 8.2.clivevilla06/03/2009
Third ascentthenomad11/02/2009
Tried to get to Bwlch y Groes car park but the snow on the road meant I had to park some 300m short. It was still a hard walk even though some of the bog was frozen. I found plodding through snow was equally as difficult to bog trotting.Father Ted06/12/2008