Name:Tarren y Gesail
Hill number:2148
Height:666.9m / 2188ft
RHB Section:30F: Dolgellau to Machynlleth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Cadair Idris
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
Grid ref:SH 71039 05893
Summit feature:no feature
Col:201.4m  SH 7373 0937  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL23W
Observations:summit is 30m E of trig point
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Parked at the end of the public road SE of Abergynolwyn on a track junction. Followed the signed walker's path up through the disused Bryn Eglwys quarries and heavily overgrown ROW through the young woods. Thereafter followed the Nuttall 10.4 Tarrens descent route up Tarren y Gesail - there is a good path steeply up the fence line and along the ridge to the decaying trig and hp. Returned the same way. Very pleasant evening walk with good views all round. Solo.richard6906/06/2024
With Lesley. Clockwise around skyline.Nick Canute20/04/2024
Sarah's 24th re-Nuttall.Rob Rees01/04/2024
18.6 miles 4140ft walk, start at Tan-Y-Coed Forest carpark, to Tarren Y Gesail, Tarrenhendre, Mynydd Baich-Goch, Foel Y Geifr and Mynydd Rhyd-Galed.stephenbuda29/03/2024
Nuttall walk 10.4 with a little diversion to see the waterfall. With R+R. HALFWAY THROUGH THE NUTTALL LIST!Dan Baddeley27/01/2024
Following on from Tarrenhendre, we followed an easy path, one point to note before you ascend this mountain, there is a nice path that has been cut away across the hillside that makes it alot easier to get to the top.Buckleymon07/09/2023
Day three of Dragons Back Raceemily06/09/2023
With Rufus from Corris Uchaf. Parked at forest track entrance on A487 and walked up to the 4th switchback and gate into pasture as others have described. Walked to top left of pasture then followed ridge line to summit of Mynydd Braich-Goch. Simple navigation along ridge to summit of Tarren y Gesail before descending steep grass on left of fence directly N. Hopped a fence and an easy 100m to highest forest track on right. Forest tracks back to the road. Lovely first visit to the Tarren hills, frozen ground and amazing sunset over the Dyfi forest.jacobrichmond09/12/2022
5/5 from Twywn to Kings YH. Arrived late since started at midday.davechaffey14/10/2022
Anticlockwise circular route of The Tarrens from Abergynolwyn. Easy going until the valley path from the Pont Llaeron on the return from Tarren y Gesail. The path was overgrown and clearly hadn't been maintained for a number of years.oldbagger2710/10/2022
Did this one first, but would probably go the other way round as the path down from Tarren Hendre is very steep and I would have preferred to have climbed it. Nav would also be easier the other way.andrewroberts28/08/2022
From Dolgoch waterfall walks that eventually led up through west side woodland and up onto open hillside for a long day over satellites of Tarrenhedre and Tarren y Gesail back down into Aberglynolwen three miles back along the main road to Dolgoch car park.vegibagger15/06/2022
An interesting anti-clockwise circuit from Abergynolwen station car park. L:ess than 100 yards along station link path took small path under tunnel straight up to forest track, right to hairpin then straight up again on small, steep bujt clear forest path to a second forest track, right a short way to exit onto open hill via gate. Open followed fence/path all the way to GR 717051 where path enters wood and down to bwlch. Up path along fence to top of Tarren y Gasail, down SW to join paths and track and then drop down to Gwernal station and station link path to start. A good route missing all the route complications.dickscroop23/11/2021
From Foel y Geifr to bwlch and dreaded steep ascent to summit. However new zigzag path takes sting out of climb. Returned to Abergynolwyn by way of more zigzagging tracks through forestry.lordtonult21/09/2021
Route from the Centre for Alternative Technology.MollyT1319/06/2021
Along ridge from Tarren Hendre and climbed from SE where new looking zigzag machine cut track has appeared?? Trig falling apart. High point marked on map as 50m from trig but all looked the same to me. Descended SW to enter forestry then main track to valley. Tea at Aberglynolwyn railway station recommended.richardrosser19/06/2021
Tarrenhendre and Tarren y Gesail as a clockwise circuit from Pennal. A tough day starting at sea level - 23km and 1120m height gain.AndrewP13/04/2021
from Abergynolwyn, via Tarrenhendre, as per Nuttals.IanHHill10/10/2020
Walked over very early having camped close to Tarrenhendre. The cloud was just lifting which provided a great atmosphere. I particularly liked Foel y Geifr that I walked over on route to Tarren y Gesail.morgs4mountains17/09/2020
After Tarrenhendre. Took much longer than anticipated. Difficulty finding a path through the forest. Also bagged one Dodd and a Tump.NormanW14/03/2020
First of five tops following Nuttalls nine mile route from Abergynolwyn, Summiting Tarrrenhendre, Mynydd Rhyd-Galed, Foel y Giefr, Braich-Goch and Tarren y Gesail. A three mile extension is needed to reach Mynydd Braich-Goch.WAYNE ROWLETT01/03/2020
Took car up road then track higher up towards disused quarry. Track then as others Gill etc... through forest where there is considerable felling operations at present. Up steep grassy slope to summit. 3/4 Marilyn, onto TarrenhendreN.Morters18/01/2020
4/4. As Nuttall book. Tarrenhendre, Mynydd Rhyd-Galed, Foel y Geifr and Tarren y Gesail. Showers but a dry finish. Lovely waterfalls at start and enjoyable ridge. No time to divert to East Top on ridge as wild wind there.nickywood126/09/2019
Abergynolwyn > Nant Gwernol > Tarren Fach > Tarrenhendre > Foel y Geifr > Tarren y Gesail > Pont Llaeron > Bryn Eglwys Quarry > Abergynolwyn.Winterfloodian18/09/2019
Round of Tarren y Gesail and Tarren Hendre from end of public road up from Abergynolwyn. Road is steep and narrow, then after two gates it is no better than a typical estate track. Followed Gill route over TG as far as TH.Topographer5726/08/2019
Dovey Junction - Penmaendovey - Braich Ddu - Ffridd Esgairweddan - Tarrenhendre - Mynydd Rhyd-galed - Mynydd Rhyd-galed E Top - Foel y Geifr - Tarren y Gesail - Machynlleth - Gallt y Gog - MachynllethMark Jackson15/04/2019
1/2 Marilyn day. Ascent of the Tarrens from Abergynolwyn. A lovely sunny start, clouded over and ended wet. Some tough sections, grazed leg on brambles! 17km taking 5h20m. (S)silveracorn_alan11/08/2018
Parked by Bryn Eglwys quarry, on the grass verge. The farmer came past and advised that the normal baggers path is a quagmire, and gave permission to go up the forestry road contouring below Foel Pandy. This makes a dead easy and quick walk, despite apparent distance. Keep taking the right forks, always up hill, and then finally a long straight stretch which comes out high up on the SW ridge of Tarren y Gesail. Easy to the top, then a good path all the way to Tarrenhendre. At the summit, there's a line of posts leading down the NE ridge, and this leads to a good enough path through the trees onto the logging road. It might be possible to descend through the forest to the start, but it was sooo hot, I just pogged along the track, quite a long way but quick enough.Gill21/04/2018
Continuation of walk from Mynydd Braich-goch. Followed the forest edge on a faint path SW to the bwlch, then up, steeply at first, to the summit. Descended back to Corris Uchaf by using the forest roads. Solo.Man of Kernow120/03/2018
#638 As per Nordicstar, who forgot to mention the 'unsuitable for motor vehicles' sign and cones at the bottom of the hill and the three gates! However, Jen was spot on with her description, wet!tim74716/03/2018
With Val. Rain for much of the walk and no views from summit. Parked at Abergynolwen and followed road up valley. A big zig-zag on a track took us up to the forest. Followed tracks through forest to open hillside. Up fence line on faint path to ridge which continued to summit. Returned same route having ascended Tarren Hendre previously.mike.hoult12/08/2017
With MikeVal Deisler12/08/2017
As Nuttall's walk 10:4 The Tarren Hillsdgresty25/07/2017
2/8 (Foel Pandy/Tarren y Gesail/Mynydd Braich-Goch/Foel y Geifir/Mynydd Rhyd-Galed East Top/Mynydd Rhyd Galed (Tarrenhendre East Top)/Tarrenhendre/Mynydd Tan-y-Coed)Fergalh01/07/2017
Nuttall Walk 10.4.martin_hall31/05/2017
Dragon's Backhaydnw24/05/2017
From car park south of Corris taking tracks and firebreaks to Mynydd Braich-goch. Along and down fence line through some felling to get to col above Coed Tyglas before taking track to close to Craig Goch (bwf to negotiate to get to summit). That bagged, came back to col then took track to high point and cut back to ridge and up to Tarren y Gesail. Returned by paths and tracks passing Cwn Cadian (owner pointed out path was not in use but was happy to let me push through - he wasn't joking - should take row at junction heading north east).SS14/05/2017
Nuttalls walk 10.4 from AbergynolwynTony J22/10/2016
From Abergynolwyn Village car park SH 678 069 then onto TarrenhendreWestdenewalker10/10/2016
id the Nuttalls walk. Had no problem between the hills. A bit confused starting the walk in the forest but found the right track. Coming down of Tarren y Gesail did not go far enough down the hill in SE directions. Picked up a track part way down as it was on the edge of what is now the forest. Probably added a mile on doing this.johnjennison16/08/2016
With G. Mainly Nuttalls' Route from Abergynolwyn > Tarrenhendre via forest tracks and NW > Mynydd Rhyd-galed > Foel y Geifr > Tarren y Gesail > Abergynolwyn via path/track starting at SH 705 051 (eroded quagmire due to cows in places)RT197013/08/2016
Took a pretty much direct line to get here from the minor road. 1:50000 map lacks details that would have helped with route finding. Pretty damp underfoot, but got worse once the rain set in.jenx26/06/2016
Drove up minor road south from Abergynolwyn. One gate then parking at large turning area @240m. Followed track to new barn on hillside then through gap in trees to make direct ascent of SW slopes of Tarren y Gesail. From top followed the used path to bealach then along ridge w tops to increasingly cloud bound Tarrehendre. The main cairn clear, small cairn suggested on the hag has gone, went to the GR and all other possible tops. Back to bealach below and weaved through paths not all on 1:50k (use 1:25k) to get back to car.nordicstar26/06/2016
11.5 mile circular walk from Abergynolwyn, walked up lane to end then then track to forest and final pull onto Tarren Y Gesail, followed path down and gained ridge at Foel y Geifr, then carried on to Mynydd Rhyd-Galed East Top and Mynydd Rhyd-Galed, then onto Tarrenhendre. bit too warm for us all. From summit followed poles along path back into the forest where the trees have taken over the path, followed forest lanes back to Abergynolwyn, good walk. Hamish and Huey the spaniels finished with a good swim in the river.Saggers04/06/2016
Nuttall walk 10.4: Tarrenhendre - Mynydd Rhyd-galed - Foel y Geifr - Tarren y Gesailronaldo33323/04/2016
Nuttall Walk WN 10.4 the Tarren Hills from Abergynolwyn (678069), visiting Tarrenhendre and Tarren-y-Gesail. 15km with 1050m ascent in 5hours. (S)silveracorn_alan26/03/2016
Round of the two Tarrennau from Pennaltweed23/03/2016