As is usual when visiting relatives in Chester I try to have an away day with Andy my brother-in-law.
Our destination today was Arenig Fawr. The forecast for the Bala area was sunshine all day although the temperatures looked a little cool.
We parked up and set off up a wide track heading for the east side of Llyn Arenig Fawr passing close to the small bothy.
From here the path steepened towards the area shown as Y Castell. The Viewranger track did not record the true path here as we skirted the steep rocks near spotheight 684 and then onto the ridge line leading to the summit of Arenig Fawr. We had lunch here in the shelter of a large cairn where there is a memorial plaque sadly in need of replacement.
The summit gave outstanding views to Snowdon in the north ,Cadair Idris and the Rhinogydd in the south and the Arans to the east.
Our descent was a little off piste heading for the obvious track leading back to the minor road.
The track ,very wet in places ,led past a ruined farm which looked as if it once was a sizeable holding.
We left the road near a small car park and joined the bed of a dismantled railway back to our car.