Sunrise beyond Cwm Silyn with Craig Cwm Silyn rising from behind the lakes.

Craig Cwm Silyn

Craig Cwm Silyn, a morning walk at the western end of the Nantlle ridge.

This walk starts at a small parking area that the landowner kindly allows visitors to use. Having walked most of the Nantlle ridge earlier this year (see this post), we wished to visit Craig Cwm Silyn at the western most point (the one peak that we didn’t visit before). Here’s the morning view from the permissive parking area:

The view from the permissive car parking for Craig Cwm Silyn.

The view from the permissive car parking for Craig Cwm Silyn.


  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Credit: AnnMarie Jones
  • Camera: Canon EOS 40D
  • Caption: The view from the permissive car parking for Craig Cwm Silyn.
  • Focal length: 21mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Keywords: Dawn, Landscape, Mountain, Sunrise
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
  • Title: Parking Silyn

We followed this track ahead into the sunrise. It passes through a gate, over a ladder style, and then starts to drop downhill towards the lakes at Cwm Silyn. Just before reaching the lakes, turn right, to climb over another ladder style (see photo below).

Early morning sunlight illuminates Tamsin on the ladder-style above the lakes of Cwm Silyn

Early morning sunlight illuminates Tamsin on the ladder-style above the lakes of Cwm Silyn


  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Credit: AnnMarie Jones
  • Camera: Canon EOS 40D
  • Caption: Early morning sunlight illuminates Tamsin on the ladderstyle above the lakes of Cwm Silyn
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Keywords: Landscape, Mountain, People, Tamsin
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • Title: Ladder style light

Now follow the grassy track ahead before turning uphill to your right (away from the lakes) to meet the path that ascends along the edge of the crags. It is from a point early along this section that I took the feature image (top) of the sunrise.

The path steadily climbs and as one nears the top it curves to the left, continuing along the top of the cliffs. The view back towards the coast can be excellent providing that the coastal cloud has lifted sufficiently.

A autumn morning view looking towards the coastline and Anglesey from Craig Cwm Silyn.

An autumn morning view looking towards the coastline and Anglesey from Craig Cwm Silyn.


  • Aperture: ƒ/3.3
  • Credit: AnnMarie Jones
  • Camera: COOLPIX B700
  • Caption: A autumn morning view looking towards the coastline and Anglesey from Craig Cwm Silyn.
  • Focal length: 4.3mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Keywords: Autumn, Cloud, Coast, Landscape, Mountain, Places, Seaside, Seasons, Sky, Snowdonia, Sunrise, Wales
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600s
  • Title: NW from Craig Cwm Silyn

Continue walking ahead, still gently rising to cross another ladder style before finally climbing to the highest point, a little over 2,400ft above the coast. The summit is fairly rocky and enjoys views towards Moel Hebog, as well as along the further peaks of the Nantlle ridge. On our walk, the morning clouds descended briefly before lifting again to show us this fine view across Mynydd Tal y mignedd (with its obelisk) & the Nantlle ridge in general:

Early sunlight illuminates the Nantlle ridge on an autumn morning.

Early sunlight illuminates the Nantlle ridge on an autumn morning.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Credit: AnnMarie Jones
  • Camera: COOLPIX B700
  • Caption: Early sunlight illuminates the Nantlle ridge on an autumn morning.
  • Focal length: 9.9mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Keywords: Autumn, Landscape, Mountain, Places, Seasons, Sky, Snowdonia, Sunrise, Wales
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s
  • Title: Nantlle glow

There are various ways to extend this walk but as you will see from our way map below, we followed a similar route back down to the car. An enjoyable & rewarding walk to start the autumn with. The scenery and weather inspired me to produce an artwork in Digital Oils of the view towards a cloudy Moel Hebog. You can see the image on my pro site, Natures Universe.

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