The summit area of Mynydd y Cwm
Mynydd y Cwm (304m)
The car was parked at a large lay-by in the village of Rhuallt and I started walking at 9.35 am. It was a hot sunny day and I was thankful that most of this walk was in the forest. The walk initially took me along the road to Cwm and Dyserth before entering the forest. A track climbed the hill, although at SJ070766 I took a path, along which there were lovely bluebells. The forest was alive with bird song and it was a pleasant ascent. A mountain bike trail brought me to another track and by the side of a small cliff a path climbed to the summit. The actual highest point was unmarked but nearby was a large cairn and a memorial cross. There was no view, so I descended straightaway and reached the car at 10.50 am. This was a roundtrip of 1 hour 15 minutes.
Mynydd Rhyd Ddu (389m)
I parked the car just outside Melin y Wig, on the road to Bettws Gwerfil Goch and started walking at 11.50 am. I walked along the narrow road to Brynhalen farm and made my way up from there. It was an uninspiring hill but the hazy view was nice, taking in the Clwydian Hills and the Denbigh Moors. I arrived at the summit trig at 12.30 pm, took a few photos and descended by my route of ascent. I arrived back at the car at 1.10 pm, a walk time of 1 hour and 20 minutes.
I parked the car in a lay-by in the village of Glasfryn, on the A5. I took the track to Ty’n y Waen but before I reached the house I came across a lamb that was stuck in a fence. I managed to free it but it was very weak so I went to the nearby farmhouse to tell the farmer but there was no answer. I walked back to the A5 and knocked on the nearest house but the guy wasn’t interested. He just said the farmer went round his flock every day and would see it. I walked back to the lamb and carried to nearer the track and under the shade of some trees so that it wasn’t under the hot sun. I thought it would die though.
I resumed my walk feeling sad for the lamb. The track petered out and an intermittent path took me towards Mwdwl-eithin. It still seemed a long way off but the moor was quite wild and it felt off the beaten track. I came to a wall and on the other side was a clearer path. I soon left this and took to the pathless moor in order to maintain height. It was hard going in the deep heather and the boggy ground but the hill got steadily nearer. Near the summit a barbed wire fence blocked the way but someone had made a makeshift stile. The summit was marked by a trig and a large cairn and I sat there for 25 minutes admiring the hazy view to the Denbigh Moors, the Clwydian Hills, Carnedd y Filiast and Moel Siabod. I descended via a different route, following a path over a gate. I headed for some trees that lay near the clear path I had followed on the ascent. Once I was on the lower farmland a track led to Glasfryn, although it was a different track to the one I had followed on the ascent. I reached the car at 5.30 pm, a roundtrip of 3 hours. I was hot and thirsty and the air conditioning in the car on the journey home was very welcome.