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Llanfachreth, Foel Offrwm Iron Age Hill Fort, Gwynedd, Wales.
[9.0 km]  Thu 15 Apr 2021

OS Grid ref: SH 76632 23091
Lat/Long: 52.790937, -3.829718

Set off around 05:45am and walked down the lane then continued along the lanes to the village of Llanfachreth. I was surprised to see a large car park on the approach to the village. I passed the interesting looking Vaughan Cottages with an 1812 datestone.

Llanfachreth, Vaughan Cottages.
Further on was the war memorial where I headed downhill and over the river. Out in the fields was a farmer on a quad bike checking his sheep. As he came closer we exchanged waves and I continued up to the large deserted car park. I left the road and followed the path heading south along the west side of Foel Offrwm.
Llanfachreth War memorial

 Llanfachreth by H Gastineau.

 Looking back to Cadair Idris.
It was an easy path but I didn't want to stay on it too long as my objective was the Iron Age Hill Fort on the summit. I Saw a faint diagonal sheep track heading up the mountain so followed it up to a flat area. There was no path but the ground was easy enough. I continued east until I reached the wall heading north south. Turning left I continued easily upwards until I saw the large square stone cairn marking the summit and on the line of the fort wall. The sky continued clear and blue with great panoramic views. There was little more than a sheep track on the south approach but as I started to descend to the north I was following the main path that comes up from the car park.

 Foel Offrwm Iron Age Hill Fort.

There were still wet patches of dew and some frost on the ground so I had to beware of slipping on the steep descent. I reached the main circular path around the mountain but left it to continue down to a wall and field where I joined a grassy track near the property of Pen-y-ffridd. Turning fight I followed it through the trees until I reached the road.

Old lane on the descent.
At the Bontnewydd road I came to the stone arch across the road. It was paid for by Robert Williams Vaughan (1768 -1843) the second baronet who ruled the surrounding countryside with benevolent autocracy for over 50 years. To relieve unemployment after the Napoleonic wars he built several roads and across the area. The arch is called "Y Garreg Fawr" (the Great Stone) because of a huge stone brought from Harlech that forms the span. Turning left I came to the gate back up to my car.
Extensive sheepfold.

 "Y Garreg Fawr" (the Great Stone)
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