Moel Hebog - the main objective for the day. The star bird of the day - the Raven.
Lunch at the trig point on Moel Hebog.
Mike on the summit of Moel Lefn - not too impressed by the close attention of a plague of flies.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.9 miles;Climb:3084'.
Time:7hours 6 minutes; Walking average:1.8 m.p.h.;Overall walk average:1.3 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Richard, Roger, Mike, Celia and Laurence.
This turned out to be a more challenging walk than I had remembered, the steep scrambling ascent of Moel Hebog followed by the unremitting grassy descent before the pleasant traverse of the two minor peaks of Moel Yr Ogof and Moel Lefn. Worse was to come on this walk, there is always the horrendous trek through the forest and now the reinstated railway track to negotiate as uses the routes we had used in the past as paths! Apart from that this was, for most of us, an enjoyable walk rewarded by some excellent views of the Nantlle Ridge from Moel Lefn at a time when we were at last bathed in sunshine.
Early on we lost Richard for over an hour as he did his usual mountain goat act, then Roger as he forged ahead to help a couple negotiate the scramble/loose scree section up Moel Hebog. Finally Laurence disappeared for a while before he without a GPS and armed with map and compass guided us all through the difficult forest descent to the camp site and back to Beddgelert.
Birds seen or heard today were few and far between but included:Meadow pipit, Chaffinch, Swallow, Stonechat, Buzzard and Raven.
After a longer than usual walk, several pints of J.W.Lees were very welcome when we did finally arrive back at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn. One or two chose other beverages to slake their thirst!