Walk 2645 - printer friendly version
Fan Gyhirych & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawr Walk
Author - Hugh Maguire
Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km
Ascent - 1550 feet / 470 metres
Grade - moderate
Start - OS grid reference SN896222
Lat 51.88739 + Long -3.6055316
Postcode LD3 8YY (approx. location only)
The area immediately west of A4067 near Cray Reservoir offers some excellent hill walking. This walk, walk 2646 and walk 2647 are based on the same starting point are variations on a theme.
Take the road leading north east from the A4067 opposite the Cray Resevoir. The walk starts on a track on the right just over half a mile along this road (Grid ref. SN 896222). There is quite a bit of parking space at the start of the track but keep away from the gate as this is sometimes used by lorries visiting the quarry further up the track.
This walk offers no navigational problems and involves following the track (don't take the LH fork) for several miles until it starts to descend at which point you walk north west for a short distance to the trig point on Fan Gyhirych (Grid ref. SN 880190). This a good place for a break with spectacular views. Although the track climbs all the way it is actually quite easy walking.
You may now descend the red dirt path all the way back to the start retracing your outward route. However for a bit of variety you may prefer to leave the path at about grid ref. SN 900196 and follow the ridge and the wall (or fence) to the north and east to reach the trig point on Fan Bwlch Chwyth (Grid ref. SN 912216). From here walk just north of west back to the start. This last bit can be a bit harder, crossing the stream's deep valley, but is still ok.