Nant­moor sky­line Route 4

Get your hands on rock in Snow­do­nia

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V iewed from the west, Cnicht and the Moel­wynion present a de­li­ciously ir­re­sistible chal­lenge that at­tracts its fair share of foot­fall as bag­gers pick off the main sum­mits. But be­yond this bold fa­cade lies a com­plex table­land of minia­ture peaks, hid­den lakes and aban­doned quar­ries, of­fer­ing a num­ber of per­mu­ta­tions for walks on which soli­tude and ex­plo­ration are the or­der of the day. This par­tic­u­lar moun­tain jour­ney starts from the tran­quil val­ley of Nant­mor and traces its south-east­ern sky­line. Cnicht’s airy sum­mit forms the cen­tre­piece and fo­cal point of the walk but is far from the be all and end all. In­deed, away from that most cel­e­brated of Snow­do­nia’s mi­nor peaks, you will feel like a pioneer as you leave the beaten ways for sel­dom trod­den hill­sides, chance upon se­cre­tive sky-mir­ror lakes and forge your way through a land­scape as fresh and un­spoiled as it was 100 years ago. In the course of your per­am­bu­la­tions you may look across to lumps and bumps and dis­tant bod­ies of wa­ter, won­der­ing what lies be­yond them and, if you are any­thing like me, you will re­turn to find out, piec­ing to­gether your men­tal map of this enig­matic tract of wild coun­try.

At­mo­spheric con­di­tions on Cnicht’s sum­mit ridge with cloud-topped Moel Si­a­bod be­yond.

Bwlch y Bat­tel and its in­nom­i­nate lake.

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