Mini trip to the Eglwyseg Escarpments

Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by Taz38, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    Cabin fever and the promise of several sunny days made me decide to go away for a few days, just me and the dog, to get our outdoor's fix and walk off those December calories. A good start to the new year.

    After some considerable time pouring over maps, I still had no idea where to go. I wanted height and rock, but also woods and streams. I didn't want to drive too far, but didn't fancy the usual "local" wild-camp spots. I also had to take into account an elderly dog with a dislike of styles, and myself carrying some extra weight and a dodgy knee. It was going to be nippy so extra gear was needed. I could cheat and car camp but I didn't want that. This was going to a little test of my fitness and gear.

    I decided to drive north up the A5, a toss up between the Berwyns and Ruabon Mountain. I opted for the latter, a wise choice, it had all I wanted, fantastic scenery, rock, enough height, some woods, a few streams and places to camp.

    We covered about 15 miles, but didn't get as far as Cyrn-y-Brain as was planned. We walked along the limestone escarpment from Trevor to World's End, a beauty spot where people sadly dump their litter in the stream.

    Its a really nice area (except for the litter in places), the escarpment is spectacular, you can walk underneath, along or above it. On top is mostly grouse moor and with some pine and larch trees in places, commercial forestry covers some of the hillsides. Further west are more interesting looking hills, the Llantsylio Mountain area just past the Horseshoe Pass.

    We're home (obviously) and survived one pretty cold night (condensation freezing on the flysheet) and one less chilly, managed to find good camp spots and very much enjoyed being out. I took my Granite Gear bag, a good choice, a ******* to pack but a joy to carry. The dog used her ruffwear pack and seemed comfortable doing so. This attracted the usual "oh look at the doggy carrying her own bag" comments. One of these was a chap who was walking Offas Dyke for the 6th time!

    Anyway, enough waffle, here's a few pics.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2019
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  2. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    A few pics taken by mobile phone. IMG_0623.JPG IMG_0624.JPG IMG_0627.JPG IMG_0628.JPG IMG_0629.JPG IMG_0630.JPG IMG_0631.JPG IMG_0632.JPG IMG_0634.JPG IMG_0635.JPG IMG_0636.JPG IMG_0637.JPG IMG_0638.JPG
  3. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Nice one, Taz. :)

    Countless times, I've gazed North from the A5 looking at those hills and thinking I should have a bimble. Your pics have cemented a visit longer than a quick bimble.
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  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Looks good. You're out a lot... good example
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  5. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    @Teepee yes me too, then one day we just drove up and had a look. It was bitter cold, Pete wasn't very well and the kids soon had enough. We re-visited since (without kids) and walked some of it. Its a fair walk all in all and can easily be extended.

    @edh Cheers, always good to be out :)
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