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Plynlimon in the Cambrian Mountains

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Ceredigion, Wales, about 18.05km (11.22 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 571m (1873ft)
Loss 564m (1850ft)
Max. Elevation 740m (2427ft)
Elevation (total) 1135m (3723ft)
Start & End
Ponterwyd
Distance 18.05km
(11.22mi)
Duration ~7:00
Difficulty  
Moderate
4Created by timmy on 13 May 2012
The mid-Wales region offers many fine walks, and this trip to Plymlimon is one of the best. Start at Ponterwyd and follow the track up to the summit. The walk back follows a country road past two reservoirs for some low-level meandering.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SN748808
Take the bus to Ponterwyd, on the Aberystwyth-Llanidloes route.
Bridleway About 1.03 km (~0.64 miles) from
OS Grid SN758810
Take the bridleway towards the B4343.
Dyffryn Castell Hotel About 1.68 km (~1.04 miles) from
OS Grid SN774817
Follow the road to the hotel, then cross over and take the footpath behind.
Dyll Faen About 2.66 km (~1.65 miles) from
OS Grid SN786840
The path crosses the low hills to reach the forest.
To the top About 1.12 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid SN785851
Continue heading uphill around the edge of the forest and the top is soon in sight.
Plynlimon About 1.83 km (~1.14 miles) from
OS Grid SN789869
The summit! The highest point in mid-Wales.
Pumlumon Fach About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from
OS Grid SN782879
Drop off the summit on a northwest bearing, heading down the slope of Pumlumon Fach.
Nant-y-moch reservoir About 1.49 km (~0.93 miles) from
OS Grid SN768873
Drop down to the reservoir and the track alongside it, which will lead you back to the start.
Drum Peithnant About 1.65 km (~1.03 miles) from
OS Grid SN761858
In bad weather this will be a long trudge, but when the sun is out it's an easy walk, allowing you to enjoy the stunning scenery.
Dinas Reservoir About 3.65 km (~2.27 miles) from
OS Grid SN752823
Follow the track to Dinas Reservoir.
Ponterwyd again About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
OS Grid SN747807
Back to the town for the bus home.

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