Pen y Garn from The Arch near Devil's Bridge

A Ceredigion walk in the Cambrian Mountains that takes you to the summit of Pen y Garn. The walk provides some wide ranging views across some wild country. The route follows good tracks and paths for the most part.

Technical sheet
No. 293292
A Pontarfynach walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 21/07/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h55[?]
Distance Distance : 6.76mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 942ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 919ft
Highest point Highest point : 1982ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1089ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Pontarfynach
Starting point Starting point : N 52.364078° / W 3.814319°
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(D/A) After parking take the signed footpath leading along a track from the northern end of the car park. After just over 100 metres you reach a junction of tracks.

(1) Turn right here and follow the clear route to reach Gelmast. 250 metres after passing Gelmast, their access road bends to the right and meets another track. Turn left here and almost immediately right (grid ref. SN778755) onto a footpath heading south east through a plantation. This path leads to a lane (grid ref. SN783752).

(2) Turn left along the lane and where the lane bends to the right continue straight ahead on a path and then track following the boundary of the forest.

(3) After 400 metres you reach a T-junction with a wider track (grid ref. SN786756). Turn right here and follow the track to the end of a small plantation on your left (grid ref. SN792759).

(4) The track divides here. Take the right-hand track and continue through another plantation, through two hairpin bends. Some 300 metres after the second hairpin, bear right off the main track to take a less-used shortcut back to the main track (grid ref. SN795766). Following the main track continue straight ahead at the next junction, and follow the track round to the left at the next junction (grid ref. SN797766). The walk's objective is getting close and after 400 metres you can make a beeline to the trig point and stone shelter on the summit of Pen y Garn which lies to the left of the track.

(5) After enjoying the view, return to the track and continue heading north. You start to descend passing two wind turbines on your left.

(6) Just after the second turbine, turn left onto a clear track that leads through the forest. Keep straight ahead ignoring a track going off left to reach a second junction with open land to your right (grid ref. SN786771). Continue straight ahead here, ignoring the track to your left. After 600 metres you reach another junction.

(7) Bear right here and shortly after at the next junction (grid ref. SN778768) go straight ahead. Stay on this clear track all the way back to the start(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1263ft - Car park
1 : mi 0.11 - alt. 1273ft - Turn right
2 : mi 1.34 - alt. 1191ft - Turn left along the lane
3 : mi 1.65 - alt. 1266ft - T-junction
4 : mi 2.14 - alt. 1444ft - Take the right-hand track
5 : mi 3.26 - alt. 1982ft - Summit of Pen y Garn
6 : mi 3.86 - alt. 1739ft - The second turbine, turn left
7 : mi 5.25 - alt. 1476ft - Bear right
D/A : mi 6.76 - alt. 1273ft

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During the walk or to do/see around

The Cambrian Mountains were once considered as a possible National Park. Sadly, the proposal never went ahead and this area of rounded hills and wild country remains relatively unvisited. This walk features the summit of Pen y Garn which rises to 2001 feet above sea level (610 metres) and can be easily reached from the car park (grid ref. SN765755) close by the Arch on the B4574 east of Devil's Bridge.

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