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Photography by John Mason of Machynlleth

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Mid-Wales Mountain images - from Cadair Idris to Plynlimon

ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT JOHN S. MASON 2000-2011: NO REPRODUCTION WITHOUT PERMISSION.

MOUNTAIN SUBCATEGORIES: Cadair Idris
Tarrenau Arans Plynlimon massif

Cadair Idris


Rated by many as the most spectacular mountain hereabouts, Cadair Idris rises to 893m above sea-level. The best

views of it are from the north, when the wall-like line of precipitous crags guarding the several summits stands out; on the mountain itself it is the local rock-architecture that catches the eye.

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Cadair Idris from the north-east Cadair Idris from the north-east Cadair Idris from the north-east Craig-las, Cadair Idris Cyfrwy, Cadair Idris
Penygadair, Cadair Idris Cadair Idris from the south Cadair Idris from the south-west Craig Cau, Cadair Idris Cadair Idris summit ridge - west from Mynydd Moel
Cyfrwy from Penygadair, Cadair Idris The Cyfrwy Arete, Cadair Idris Craig Cau and Penygadair, Cadair Idris Craig Cau, Llyn Cau and Penygadair, Cadair Idris Craig Cau and glacially-smoothed rock, Cadair Idris
Cadair Idris from the east
Cadair Idris from the north
Cadair Idris from the north


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The Tarrenau

Under-rated and as a consequence quiet, the Tarrenau form a lengthy ridge above the north side of the Dyfi valley, from Corris to Tywyn. The western section is my favourite: after the tiring plod up to the 633m summit of Tarrenhendre the going is delightful, out to Trum-Gelli and its huge, Bronze-age pair of cairns, with extensive views in all directions. 


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Tarrenhendre from Y Wylfa, Machynlleth Tarrenhendre from Y Wylfa, Machynlleth
Tarrenhendre from The Common, Machynlleth
Tarrenhendre from Y Wylfa, Machynlleth
Tarrenhendre from The Common, Machynlleth
Tarrenhendre from Pennal Ascending Tarrenhendre
Ascending Tarrenhendre in winter
South-east from Tarrenhendre
Ascending Tarrenhendre
Pausing during the ascent of Tarrenhendre
Tarrenhendre - nearing the summit
View SE from Tarrenhendre to Moel Fadian
West from Tarrenhendre summit to Trum-Gelli
Southwest from Tarrenhendre summit to Borth
Ancient cairn, Trum-Gelli
Ancient cairn, Trum-Gelli
Plynlimon from Tarrenhendre
Machynlleth from Trum-Gelli
Llyn Barfog (The Bearded Lake) from Trum-Gelli
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The Arans


Aran Fawddwy, at 905m above sea level, is the highest peak in this part of Wales, and the Dyfi itself springs forth from the
lake at the base of the summit-crags. In winter conditions it is a fairly demanding day out but the photographic opportunities make it worth the effort. The cairn on Drws-Bach commemorates Mike Aspain of the RAF Mountain Rescue, killed there by lightning some decades ago. The bottom row of images are pretty unique - they show noctilucent clouds (80km up in the Mesosphere) with the Arans below. These were taken during the amazing and widely-reported display overnight on July 2-3 2011.

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Aran Fawddwy on a hazy day from the east
Drws Bach, Arans Aran Fawddwy and Craiglyn Dyfi Aran Fawddwy and Craiglyn Dyfi Drws Bach, Arans
On the Arans summit-ridge
Aran Fawddwy summit
Aran Fawddwy summit-ridge
Aran Fawddwy from the south
The Arans from the south-east
Noctilucent clouds over the Arans
Noctilucent clouds over the Arans
Noctilucent clouds over the Arans
Noctilucent clouds over the Arans
Noctilucent clouds over the Arans

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The Plynlimon massif

Plynlimon (752m) is the high-point of a vast area of wild hill-country that stretches from south of the Dyfi Valley down as far as the A40 corridor across South wales. Crossed by only a handful of roads, its vastness is the key to its peacefulness. For the photographer, the mountain's northern aspect is by far the best, and rivalling it for scenery is the northern escarpment of the high ground where it plunges down into the Dyfi Valley. This area is accessed by the Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain road that reaches 520m above sea level at its high-point. The road may be affected by snow in the winter months, sometimes to a spectacularly photogenic degree!

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Plynlimon and Glaslyn Plynlimon from Hyddgen
Plynlimon summit
Mining remains, Esgairhir, Plynlimon massif
Moel y Llyn summit
Top of Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain-road, January 2010
Top of Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain-road, January 2010
A very blocked Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain road, January 2010
A very blocked Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain road, January 2010
A very blocked Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain road, January 2010
Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain-road - blocked!
The Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain road - impassable at times in winter
The Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain road - impassable at times in winter
Clearing the Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain road, 2010
Clearing the Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain road, 2010
Plynlimon from Moel Fadian Plynlimon from Moel Fadian Moel Fadian and the ravine North from the Machynlleth-Llanidloes mountain road
Paragliding from Moel Fadian
4000-year old Bogwood in the peat-diggings near Bugeilyn
Arrowhead in situ, peat diggings near Bugeilyn
Old peat diggings near Bugeilyn
Bugeilyn Glaslyn, the scarp-slope and Moel Fadian
The path up the Craig-y-Pistyll ravine
The path up the Craig-y-Pistyll ravine
Llyn Craig-y-Pistyll
Llyn Craig-y-Pistyll
Llyn Craig-y-Pistyll
At the edge - the Glaslyn Viewpoint with the Dyfi Valley & Cadair Idris beyond Esgairfochnant ravine, Central Wales, with Moel Fadian beyond Looking out from the upper slopes of Esgairfochnant ravine Esgairfochnant ravine, Central Wales, with Moel Fadian beyond Esgairfochnant ravine, Central Wales
Nature reclaiming its own - Glaslyn Nature Reserve
"Normal" and White Heather - Glaslyn Nature Reserve
Sundews - Glaslyn Nature Reserve
Common heather and Ling, Glaslyn Nature Reserve Foel Esgair-y-LLyn & the scarp-like slopes off the N side of the Plynlimon massif
Glaslyn
Glaslyn
Glaslyn, Moel Fadian and Cadair Idris
Alpine Clubmoss at 600m ASL on Plynlimon
Alpine Clubmoss at 600m ASL on Plynlimon



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