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Name:Carn Gafallt
Hill number:2210
Height:466m / 1529ft
RHB Section:31C: South-West Wales
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Central Wales - Elan Valley
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Clem
Grid ref:SN 94008 64648
Summit feature:cairn
Col:309m  SN936638  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 147
(1:25k) 200W
Observations:ground c.50m SE is lower
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 163 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
1/4: From Edal village after sleeping in van. Misty, no views, very still. Up direct through trees â very rough underfoot. Down to north, back along road. Rounsfell27/12/2019
From road at Pen y Castell via footpath, then pathless vegetation to summit cairn.Winterfloodian10/07/2019
Start at Pen y Castell to S (verge parking). I left the ROW (track) at closest point to hill, walking though fairly open woodland & then some heather bashing to summit - a fairly short ascent.ger18/04/2019
From Elan Village. Went straight up through bracken, bilberries and heather. Then went east to the Wye Valley Way, initially a bit rough with a little bit of gorse.Alan Moore01/01/2019
From start of road up to Fron-dorddu (SN 946657), zig-zagging up road/track/path to SN 950647, then pathless tiresome heather to summit.Isbjorn15/11/2018
Splendid cairn on top within pathless knee- high bilberries, gorse, heather and fern. Approached via RoW to E. Hard work but enjoyed ripe bilberries under blue skies. We returned due south through delightful oakwoods, still pathless but shorter.Denise 31/08/2018
Followed Gill's route. Lost the path occasionally close to the summit so a bit of bracken and heather to thrash through but generally not too bad. Managed to stick to the path OK on the way down. Twilight walk, arriving at the summit 25 minutes after sunset but still light enough to see and barely used my torch on the descent.Herbert Anchovy28/07/2018
After Drygarn Fawr and coffee and cake in the Dam visitor centre with Elizyanne. From Pen y Castell parking next to the big shed. up ROW to SN948642. then circled around the Blue bird on the 1 to 25 map using sheep and horse tracks all the way to the summit. no gorse.GmacT20/07/2018
Coffee, cake and rain! Circled round to avoid the whins. Two horses observed the proceedings. Once at the top found an easier path down to the track.elizyanne20/07/2018
#642 From Pen y Castell, no issues with; gates, fences, bracken, heather or gorse!tim74728/04/2018
From Elan Valley Visitor Centre, short road walk then BW through Talwrn Wood and muddled through from the E. Managed to avoid to gorse and worst of the heather. Descended between the cairns to the wood to regain BW.milimana08/04/2018
Second attempt, after the first attempt never started when I got my car stuck in a gateway near Talwrn farm. This time from a very sensible parking place opposite the entrance to Fron-Dorddu, up the bridleway onto the moor, and a few yards beyond the moor gate, there is an ATV track leading up towards the hill. There's a good, narrow grassy path/sheep trod almost all the way to the top, and only a few yards of heather bashing to the summit. Fresh snow made this a lovely walk, with fine views. After the walk, I visited Talwrn with presents to say thanks to Heather and Emma for extracting my car from the gateway, and was treated to tea and home-made Bara Brith.Gill15/02/2018
From Llanwrthwl village. Met a chap from New Radnor who said mid Wales was much better than the Lakes as you rarely meet anyone all day. How true. Lots of sheep tracks to follow across the plateau.mindlessflogger28/10/2017
Walked up the bridleway track through the lovely woods up to the top, then had planned to walk across the top via the cairns, but it was very tough going, especially with a small dog. Finally dropped down to the top of the woods where there was a path of sorts running along the fence. Had to break up from there to the cairns then up to the top. Nice tiny cairn here and lovely views. The heather was in full flower, but made it very tough going.Neolith26/08/2017
2nd of 3 today. Parked at Pen y Castell farm and followed track for a while before going direct up through the woods to b/w topped fence. This was the easy bit. What folled was bracken. Followed by heather and gorse. By the time I was up onto the flattish summit area I was wishing I had put shin pads on! Hatefull stuff. Summit gives reasonable views. A small cairn to the West(ish) marks a view down to the reservoir. This will be one of those once in a lifetime hills.stig_nest06/08/2017
Parked in bridleway entrance to SSW, simple up and down.rhalstead27/05/2017
Spent day walking a few hills and benchmarking in the valley below.Dusty09/04/2017
From due south. Easy at first, rougher in woodland, finally very hard going through steep and long heather, and yes there is gorse too.Topographer5707/04/2017
Parked behind the barn Pen-y-Castell after asking the farmer who was walking past. Up the track heading E then N for a while up the FP before heading W along sheep tracks to the top. Just the occasional boggy bit presented a challenge. A nice isolated top with small cairn.Father Ted02/04/2017
Up and down in 40 minutes, from the south. Initial track and woods are lovely, but as others have said, heather and gorse on top.huwthomas04/03/2017
From Llanwrthwl. Good going on bridleway but then very tussocky and hard going to get to the top!twg2714/02/2017
Up bridleway from the north.Lionel Bidwell24/08/2016
From Pen y Castell and up the bridleway track, striking out left over access land once it levels out. Very tussocky heather moor - hard work. An undistinguished summit for sure, but watch out for the rear species of bird here - I saw it.G4OBK (Phil)08/04/2016
5/5 Last of snowy cold day (Craig Dyfant/Craig Fawr/Pen Garn Ddu/Cnwch/Carn Gafllt)Fergalh06/03/2016
Parked on grass beside road 940642 & followed farm track about 1km & then various sheep tracks trying to avoid boggy & gorse areas. Nice short hill with excellent views.CodyleCoyote15/02/2016
With Trefor. Wye Valley way from Rhayader then track to East once on ridge. Cut up steeply through bracken heather and gorse. Better way off by heading east from summit following sheep tracks.mike.hoult30/07/2015
Parking on grass verge near Pen y Castell. On RoW initially then when path veers sharply E, steeply up through trees to break out onto heather/gorse clad hillside. Rough and steep to HP.jonglew28/06/2015
With: hb; Followed the bridle track from farm at SN940641 onto open fell then cut across to the summit. Returned via same route.Ian Baines07/03/2015
With: ib; Helen Baines07/03/2015
Parked on the grass verge behind a large metal garage on the minor road to the south (SN940640) N. and then E. along the track to a metal gate Followed fence line to top corner where it is possible to cross (no barbed wire!) Followed paths across the face of the hill and approached the summit from the east. (PM,CM)gerrybowes27/10/2014
From 940641 where we parked the car. Took the track north and then east before cutting up through the forest in a round trip of 50 minutes with GB and CMbolton27/10/2014
With PM & GBCJM27/10/2014
Walk up from Elan visitor centre.Rob Pen y Garn18/10/2013
I hadn't been looking fwd to this one but it went well. Parked on road to N at 946656, up track to access land W of Bwlch Goch. Followed tracks made by the black cattle to within 30m of summit, enjoyed fine view of Elan Dam and reservoirs. Returned a similar way across the moor, then continued to Bwlch Goch and ROWs E and N of Coed Bwla for a pleasant variant return. A fine spring day and very dry conditions must have helped- the cattle tracks seemed to go from one boggy area to the next, they seem to love wild and wet. Following their tracks might be miserable in wet conditions.pwheeler06/05/2013
W Jenx from minor road at SN940640, just room to park. Took track up to woods and broke up through these to steep ground/heather and bracken. V rough but able to gain summit. Easier descent (and ascent) further to East and follow fence line down to gate across track used to ascend from road.nordicstar17/11/2012
Quick ascent from SN940640 where one can park on the verge. Cut straight up through woods then heather/gorse to summit. Worth going to west end of hill for views of Caban-coch. Direct descent from there was slightly less prickly.davidpettit8424/06/2012
Parked to the south. Started up track and then decided to go straight up through the woods and then heather and gorse. Not recommended if you are wearing shorts.clivevilla11/03/2012
Delighted to find there was a road going much farther up the hill than my 1974 map showed! Parked at SN 941 644 and young dogwalker from farm led me up first part of the path. Deep heather and spikey gorse!! Good views though.signyred18/07/2010
Parked at 947657 (11:10) and walked up farm track and good path through fields (with cows) to col, then W for 1 km along faint path to summit. Weather fine. Back same route; finish 12:40 dbb18/06/2010
From west south west after parking at cattle grid and walking up on north side of fence thro' wood with almost a steep path to a small metal gate and thro' more bilberries, heather, gorse and bracken to the summit.Dugswell221/02/2009
From South. Lots of Good foot high gorse and heather for last few hundred fairly steep metres. No path. Heather will be joining in in the Summer. Not my favourite top!destaylor16/02/2009
From some buildings (one with vicious looking spiky tree in garden) on narrow road to S. Trees, bushes, gorse, heather. Summit area several small cairns in the heather. Good views over reservoir.Aye Jimmy24/07/2008
And again on 31-08-2018 with Denise. A lot more gorse now than I remembered. Nice Oak woods on W slope.RichardM17/02/2008
Via the path at SN 950 646summitsup27/01/2008
From Elan Village.Eddie28/10/2006
Parked on road to south. Went almost direct to top. Got a tick for all the bracken and heather bashing. Returned by going E to bridleway then down to car.robphys30/05/2005