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Name:Craig y Castell
Hill number:2158
Height:321m / 1053ft
RHB Section:30F: Dolgellau to Machynlleth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Cadair Idris
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (300-399m), Clem
Grid ref:SH 69782 16203
Summit feature:no feature: heather
Col:168m  SH707164  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL18W OL23W
Observations:rock outcrop 20m S at SH 69777 16185 is 40cm lower
Survey:Abney level
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Ty-nant car park > Tyddyn Evan fychan > Hafod dywyll > Craig y Castell > Gelliwyd Fawr > Llyn Gwernan > Ty-nant car park.Winterfloodian26/07/2019
Parked car park for Cadair Idris, past farm up south slope. Lots of hideous bracken, must be an easier way.iangalbraith20/07/2019
Parked at the cemetery (SH 6818 1578). Woodland track to YHA Kings, then RoW up through Hafod-dywyll farm. Lot of dying bracken on the slopes after leaving the RoW.jonglew07/10/2018
P near cemetery to SW of Kings YH. Followed a nice woodland path down to near YH then obvious tracks to E. Left track and aimed for a mini Stonehenge feature located at SH 69728 16396 (is it ancient?). Then the inevitable heather/bracken thrash - following feint animal tracks helps. Nice little hill.ger27/09/2018
From Authfan (Holiday cottage) at Tan-y-Gader - Gilfachwydd - Llyn Gwernon - Gellilwyd Fawr - Craig-Castell Summit - Hafod dywgll - Afon Gwynant (upstream) to Tynyceunant - Lane then track to Cefn yr Owen Isaf - lane then track to Tyn llidiart - Pared-y-Cefn hir - Llynnou Cregennen -Ffordd Ddu back to Cottage.briandavies24/09/2018
From King's YHA, along the old road: we headed for the gully filled with head high bracken, a maze in which we found, by trial and error, tunnels made by sheep. The grassy trods nearer the forest wall that we used for descent were much better and we should have used them to ascend, too. Good viewpoint on an OK day for weather turning showery. Back on the old road, we turned off R for Llyn Gwernan, over field paths to the pay car park, then returned via Nant-y-gwyrddail to Cregennan lakes (free) car park. We'd started our walk from there over Pared y Cefn-hir(qv for log), by far the better of the two summits. A very good day out with Pete, in impressive and beautiful surroundings.pwheeler10/09/2018
Easy walk up from Cadair Idris car park, although stone wall scrambling is unavoidable. Despite the poor forecast the view across to its much greater neighbour was complete.Topographer5709/05/2018
#635 Standard route from Kings.tim74714/03/2018
Cheese & biscuits after RHW's Wtc. On way home. Misty.ngthack19/02/2018
Summit is on rock and grass tower with heathery top and small cairn. Approached from ridge to N, after ascent from King's YH via farm track.Light rain and low cloud after a lovely weekend.Denise 18/02/2018
An easy and very pleasant aperitif before RHW's Welsh tump completion, with Rob and Alex. From King's YHA, along the bridleway, and then onto grassy trods more or less all the way up, with optional heather bashing. Fun descent straight from the summit down a gully filled with dead bracken.Gill18/02/2018
Revisit with Alex and Gill, from Kings YH, on an unexpectedly sunny morningRHW18/02/2018
Perfectly just enough time to fit this in as an easy after-breakfast Sunday morning stroll before heading over to Llynau Cregennen for the day's main event. With Rob and Gill.Twice Shy18/02/2018
From King's YHADanMaisieBex17/02/2018
4/4 (Foel Cae'rberllan/Pared y Cefn Hir/Bryn Brith/Craig y Castell)Fergalh17/09/2017
Circular walk from YHA Kings: first to Craig y Castell (Marilyn), then over 2 unnamed 290m tops to Craig y Castell (Tump), and finally over another unnamed top to Dol Gledr.Tony J04/03/2017
With Trefor. From car park, track then fields to summit.mike.hoult29/11/2016
I stayed overnight at the outstanding King's YHA. The Warden gave me and Allan Jones a parking permit for the morning so we were able to easily access the good footpath from the top of Hafod dywyll farm yard for quick progress towards the summit.M0YDH23/09/2016
made mistake by going for direct route off track deep heavy going heather/bilberryjohnowen07/07/2016
Staying at YHA Kings, gentle stroll along BOAT to a point NNW of summit. Followed farm vehicle track to base and followed path (sheep track)up steep north side. Lovely summit nestled between CAdair Idris and The Rhinogs. Took a different more direct route back to YH south of BOAT following walls and then rough farm road not shown on map.SteveSmith11/03/2016
Nice 45 min out n back from Gellilwyd. Room for 1 small car. Boggy in places and heathery in others. Summit is one of those spots where you could linger for hours. The view into the geart of the Cadair Idris group is stunning. No empty beer bottles at this top unlike the previous Ffridd Cocyn -please, lets keep it that way eh! For everyones sake.stig_nest28/02/2016
Parked at a layby just south of Pont Ty-gwyn 682165 and walked to Kings YH and on to farm at 686159. South on bridleway for a short distance then east on track signed for Dolgellau which leads pleasantly to the rough north slopes of the hill. From the top continued west to rejoin the path at a gate and on to springs at 707168. Looped back on the well signed paths and bridleways via Llyn Gwernan. Very pleasant.mindlessflogger11/10/2015
after Cadair in morning. Parked at Kings YH where I was staying and took the wrong path along the stream and over 7 barbed wire fences. The right path from Kings is to North, followed by a bracken thrash to summit. Lovely summit.Thearlaichdubh16/09/2015
With Jenx from just above Kings YH. Asked permission and parked at farm. Easy track up to summit.nordicstar29/06/2015
Parked in the Ty Nant (overflow) car park for Cadair Idris (SH 69827 15297) - £2.50 for 4 hours, £5 for all day. Took track to Tyddyn-Evan-fychan then left RoW above Ffrwdd-y-brithyll through fields, then climbing steeply up through bracken and heather to summit - two walls to climb, but without barbed wire. Walk continued north to other Craig-y-Castell. With AT and JT.marktrengove11/04/2015
From the car park (£) to the S at SH698153. Route and write-up shown at:
From the car park to the south. Past the farm and the caravans directly to the summit and return within the hour. With GB.bolton02/10/2014
Car park to south (£2.50 for 4 hours) Followed waymarked path to right of caravans & farmhouse Through new gateway & up steep S. slopes to summit, crossing two walls on route. (PM)gerrybowes02/10/2014
Dry but misty end to the day after a damp and depressing start to the day. This hill was not too bad a consolation after I had to abort my plan of bagging outlying Cader Sims.Alex C25/09/2014
Walk up from Dolgellau via Gellilwyd Fawr. Followed faint path through Bracken to Wall at South where good path leads to topButeobuteo27/07/2014
From Car Park to south, walked long way round past lake to ascend, direct descent. Lot of brambles on descent would be very hard work later in the year.rhalstead19/03/2014
With Mora from Cadair Idris car park.BLACKHILL12/07/2013
From YH. Head for Hafod drywall Farm along road, then follow Green Lane. A path contours the summit on north, west and south sides and climbs to top from wall to south.Lionel Bidwell10/06/2013
CUHWC Dolgellau (Torrent Bunk Barn) Trip. Linear walk from Tynyceunant - Pony Track - Craig-las - Craig-y-llyn - Braich Ddu - Fford Ddu - Llynnau Cregennen - Pared y Cefn-hir - Hafod dywyll - Craig y Castell - Gellilwyd - Dolgellau - Bunkhouse.AGWilliamson03/03/2013
From car park to the south, through field with caravans and to the left of a farm. Then it is easy to avoid the areas of heather and gorse. I must say, with Cadair Idris looking at me from across the valley, I did ask myself what I was doing on this hill even though it was not a bad little hill.clivevilla18/11/2012
Went up the wrong way and down the wrong way. We went up the old stone road from Gellilwyd then followed the wall to the left. DON'T strike off to the summit though as you face 1/2 hour fight with heather. Follow the wall down to the SE then go up.simon and co05/04/2012
from car park to south - some walls to cross but otherwise very easygigglejon26/03/2012
From Snowdonia National Park carpark at Ty Nant. Track by stream then up beside wood. Summit marked by single stone.Aye Jimmy11/04/2010
From Kings YH (18:50) followed path towards Dolgellau then up the NW flank through a very steep field and to top. Weather fine. Back through steep pathless bracken outside field to main footpath and YH (20:05) dbb01/08/2009
From Kings YH, Dolgellau path to shoulder then follow fence then wall up behind summit on path to summit to avoid worst of vegetation.Dugswell230/05/2009
If you walk it with your dog each day it must be easy to find the paths. Otherwise struggle through thick and tall heather. Also you end up walking up 'false' tops on the way - hence more heather.destaylor30/03/2009
Just got this one in before it got dark after coming off Cadair. The round heathery top is just higher than the rocky one.signyred09/11/2008
And again with Denise on 18-02-2018. From Kings YH.RichardM16/02/2008
A post breakfast walk up from Kings YH where I had stayed the previous night. An excellent hill with crags around the summit. Came off path at shoulder and worked my way up on feint tracks in an anticlockwise direction.Father Ted09/09/2007
Evening ascent and SOTA activationIan G7KXV09/10/2006
Staying at Kings YH and had a stroll up this one from there before an evening meal.garyhoney19/08/2006
Did waiting for Mark who never arrived. No paths to top and lost jacket - thankfully found on way down. Good views but too much heather bashing. Needs more traffic.robphys11/09/2005