I set off along the path through coed mawr branching right, the craggy face of Clogwyn yr Adar soon greeted me .
Continuing SW , I passed various part frozen pools , looking very attractive in the sun today .
Further on Moel Meirch came into view , with Llyn edno to the right.
I continued on to Llyn Edno , where I planned to stop for a lunch break , before heading onto the Ysgafell Wen ridge .
An extended lunch break was taken whilst I soaked up the views which were excellent today.
Snowdon in front of me , the Glyderau beyond to the right , the Hebog ridge to left , with views out to sea , this part of Snowdonia has it all !
After lunch I set of for Ysgafell Wen , plunging knee deep into a bog , taking a bootfull in the process
nothing could dampen my spirits , clear mountain views have that effect on you.
I arrived at Llynnau r cwm about an hour before sunset , quickly located a pitch , then with camera at the ready , I awaited sunset .
as the sun went down it illuminated the surrounding hills, orange light at first , changing to subtle pinks later on .
After sunset I retired to the trailstar for a hot drink & food , after which I poured a whisky and toasted the mountains ( a bit of a tradition now for me !) whilst sitting there I watched the first of the nights star's appearing , this is why I love the trailstar so much - always an open view !
I relaxed for a while , then got out to take some more pics , a stiff cold wind had developed , I tried to get a close up of the trailstar , but the wind, plus long exposures, meant it wasn't possible to get a sharp shot .
A while later I saw headlamps across the valley , last few day walkers heading down I thought , they then got closer , had someone noticed my car , mountain rescue on their way ?
They reached the lake just below my camp , there were around a dozen of them , they all seemed to be checking maps , taking bearings. They shone their headlamps towards me , and got a shock when I turned mine on ! turned out they were doing some kind of night time navigation course , and continued on their way .
The weather warmed in the night ,I had taken my mountain laurel designs spirit quilt , to use as an overquilt - over my western mountaineering summerlite - but didn't need it , the last of the whisky was consumed , then I drifted of to sleep.
I awoke about an hour before sunrise , but could see the clag was down ( another thing I really like about the trailstar) so I went back to sleep for another hour or so.
When I next awoke , the clag was still down , the weather had forecasted it to brighten up from mid morning , so a leisurely breakfast was consumed , together with coffee , then hot chocolate , wildcamping luxury !
striking camp I wandered down to the 1st of 3 lakes at Llynaur r cwm , which was part frozen the night before - now completely thawed due to the rising temperature . A few pics were taken - water replenished , then I moved on , another wildcamp to remember.
Shortly after I reached Ysgafell Wen south top , nice views to Cnicht & numerous lakes , from here.
Continuing on to Moel Druman , Llyn Conglog came into view , further along I could see Llyn Iwerddon , where I planned on taking the path that passes to the right - skirting the southern side of Allt-fawr , from where I intended on descending into cwm Lledr , but I decided to continue along the ridge , and descend towards Llyn Dyrnogydd ( which turned out to be a better proposition )
From Lln Drnogydd I continued on . Just after Moel Drnogydd a quad bike track appeared , I followed this down , then the air shaft that serves the Blaenau tunnel came into view.
This provided on easy navigational reference point to pick up the track that returns to Blaenau Dolwyddelan . Moel siabod then becomes more prominent , cwm Lledr is a lovely valley , with great views of the mountain cirque that surrounds it , a few ruins en- route added further interest.
Further along the track I reached the point where the Ffestiniog railway enters the tunnel- to emerge the other side in Blaenau Ffestiniog , no doubt an engineering marvel in its day!
From here the track continues , to pass under the railway via a bridge , on my last visit I followed the path through hendre farm - non existant on the ground , this time I turned right - a much better return route to Blaenau Dolwyddelan , taking 1 last photo of the view towards moel siabod , and the last of the autumn colour .
Thanks for reading , Till the next time - happy wildcamping