Christ Cross 2019

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G/DC-005, Christ Cross – 261m, 1 point

Parking for this summit is difficult.  There is just about room to get a car onto the verge at SS 966 050.  The track up to the trig point is over private ground so you may want to activate from the roadside which is within the AZ.  I walked up to the true summit, there is a trig point there buried in the hedge but it may take a bit of finding.  I set up the station on the gatepost beside the water board mast and soon had four contacts in the log with a bit of work, there were not many people around on 2M that morning.

G/DC-005 log

On the way back to the car we had a quick look at the small mast on the farm building near the gate, this is the GB3EX repeater mast.

Journey Details

Date – 27rd July 2019

Postcode – EX5 4LY

Parking – SS 965 050

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 25W PA

Antenna – MFJ Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 4

SOTA points – 1

Group – Myself, Belinda, Jacob & MiL

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Kit Hill 2019

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G/DC-003, Kit Hill – 334m, 1 point

There is no route required for Kit Hill.  The car park is beside the trig point right in the AZ,  just get out of the car and set up your station.

I set up on top of the trig point which is the opposite side of the car park from the monument where most visitors a drawn to.  I had to work a bit to get any contacts but eventually had four in the log including Shirley and Andy who once again saved the day, thanks both.

G/DC-003 Log

When done, just get back into the car, what more is there to say!

Journey Details

Date – 27th July 2019

Postcode – PL17 8HR

Parking – SX 375 713

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 25W PA

Antenna – MFJ Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 4

SOTA points – 1

Group – Myself, Belinda, Jacob & MiL

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Hensbarrow Downs 2019

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G/DC-008, Hensbarrow Downs – 365m, 1 point

From St Austel head North on the road to Roche.  There is a small parking area at SW 992 575 with room for four or five cars if parked carefully.  The path from here up to the trig point is fairly overgrown but passable.  From the trig point up onto the access road though was very difficult this year as it is badly overgrown.  Just battle your way through the gorse and brambles and don’t wear shorts as I did! Once onto the access road it’s easy to reach the summit plateau where you will have to take a guess which is the highest point as it’s pretty flat.  I was out by about 90m this time but the whole area is within the AZ so it isn’t a problem.  I set up the station using the Long Ranger again due to the problems previously with the beam.

G/DC-008 Log

It took a bit of work to put four contacts in the log but eventually I did it before packing up and setting off back to the car.  The return is much the same as the ascent.

Journey Details

Date – 25rd July 2019

Postcode – PL26 8XT

Parking – SW 992 575

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 25W PA

Antenna – MFJ Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 4

SOTA points – 1

Group – Myself

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Brown Willy 2019

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G/DC-002, Brown Willy – 420m, 1 point

From Camelford, take the SE road onto Bodmin Moor.  Follow the road to the end where there is a good car park with room for probably fifty cars at SX 137 818.

Continue SE on the obvious path to reach the col between Showery Tor and Little Rough Tor.  From here there is a less obvious path down to the bridge over the De Lank river. It’s really more just shorter more worn grass rather than a path proper.  The top of the path is nearer the Showery Tor side of the col on a bearing of 150 deg.  From the bridge just follow the obvious path up onto Brown Willy.

On top I soon set up the station but on connecting the beam I found the SMA plug had fallen off.  They are not really designed for repeated connection and do suffer accordingly.  Fortunately I had packed the long ranger as backup so I swopped to this to put four contacts into the log, enough to qualify the summit.

G/DC-002 Log

After a bit of lunch in the sunshine on top it was soon time to return to the car and head off into Port Issac for an afternoon sightseeing.

Journey Details

Date – 23rd July 2019

Postcode – PL32 9QG

Parking – SX 138 819

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 25W PA

Antenna – MFJ Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 4

SOTA points – 1

Group – Myself, Belinda, Jacob & MiL

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High Willhays 2019

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G/DC-001, High Willhays – 621m, 4 points

Drive to Okehampton then head South onto Dartmoor passing over the A30.  Follow the road to the end and at the camp turn left then immediately right, don’t go over the bridge. Follow this road until the end where there is parking space for probably a dozen cars at SX 590 912.

The path South from the parking is obvious passing West Mill Tor and Yes Tor.  We took a diversion on the way down to have a look at Yes Tor which has some interesting construction on the top.

Setting up the station on top of High Willhays, I soon had ten contacts in the log.

G/DC-001 Log

The walk back to the car was uneventful, a nice break on a long journey down to Cornwall.

Journey Details

Date – 20th July 2019

Postcode – EX20 1QP

Parking – SX 590 912

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 25W PA on 2m

Antenna – 2 ele yagi

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 10

SOTA points – 4

Group – Myself, Belinda, Jacob & MiL

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Trum y Ddysgl, Craig Cwn Silyn, Moel Hebog and Yr Aran 2019

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GPX file – full route

After failing to activate these summits on our previous attempt over the bank holiday Peter and I decided to have another go at the route, slightly less ambitious this time.  Having already activated Mynydd Mawr in May we chopped that one off the start and also skipped the couple of two pointers at the end to shorten the trip down to a manageable two days.

GW/NW-024, Trum y Ddysgl – 709m, 6 points

Y GarnArriving at the Rhyd Ddu car park at about 7:30 pm we set off for our first night, camping below the impressive Y Garn crags.  Note that the car park (SH 570 525) only allows you to buy tickets to cover the rest of the day, there is no multi-day or overnight option available.  We bought three tickets for Friday and wrote on two of them “Sat” and “Sun” and displayed all three.  A bit of a clue for any would be car thieves but we never had any problem with them or with the warden so it worked for us.

There is a good footpath linking the car park to the B4418 which we followed up past the reservoir  to Bwlchgylfin.  There is a stile of sorts here which will get you onto the access land and the end of the easy walking for now.  Follow sheep trails and whatever you can find to work your way up and over the Clogwyn y Barcut ridge.  There is no stile over the wall top but it’s not difficult to climb.  Once over the wall there is a path of sorts that will take you down into the Afon Tal-y-mignedd valley.  This is where we set up camp for the night with a plentiful supply of fresh water flowing.

Afon Tal-y-mignedd valley
Camp

From camp we continued SW to pick up the ridge above Craig Trum y Ddysgl.  There is no path we could find until near the top.  It is a gruesome slog up the slope through thick undergrowth, mostly heather with fortunately very little gorse.   As you near the top it will thin out to a pleasant round grassy summit.

Trum y Ddysgl
Trum y Ddysgl summit

We set up the station on the summit and soon made seven contacts using my two element yagi.  I was especially pleased with the last contact which was with Ken, G1NCG, just south of Swindon near our home town.  This was a distance of around 150 miles.  We were also glad to finally qualify this summit after failing on our last attempt due to bad weather.

GW/NW-024 Log

GW/NW-020, Craig Cwm Silyn – 734m, 6 points

The walk from Trum y Ddysgl to Craig Cwm Silyn was probably the highlight of the day.  Even though it was mostly in cloud it was quite dramatic with some lovely ridge walking along reasonable paths.

There is an interesting obelisk half way between the two summits at Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd. This was apparently put up to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

As you approach Craig Cwm Silyn there is an interesting section of crags at Craig Pennant.  This is almost a grade one scramble and makes a nice distraction on the ascent but is easily climbed with a bit of care.

On reaching the summit of Craig Cwm Silyn you will be pleased to find a summit shelter complete with built in furniture to sit on.

We set up the station in the shelter, I again used the two element yagi and were soon rewarded with five contacts in the log.

GW/NW-020 Log

GW/NW-014, Moel Hebog – 783m, 6 points

The route we took down off Craig Cwm Silyn

After the pleasures of walking from Trum y Ddysgl to Craig Cwm Silyn, the route we took from Craig Cwm Silyn to Moel Hebog was hard work but had it’s own rewards.

We chose to drop off to the SE following a wall down near the ridge line.  In the cloud this involved some carefull navigation but once the wall was found it was easy enough to follow down until we reached the lower sections which are very steep on a loose surface.

With hindsight this was perhaps not the best option to descend and next time I will probably try and find a high route back around past the Obelisk.  Once down though there is a pleasant picnic area at the end of the road at SH 540 492 where we had lunch.  From here there is a navigationally challenging section until you pick up the old inclines leading to the disused quarry.

The quarry must have been a scene of intense activity in the past but slowly nature is taming it and restoring the ugly industrial past back to something more pleasant to walk through.  I am sure there is a lot of history encapsulated in this small valley.  Passing out of the quarry and on up the Bwalch Cwm-trwsgl there is a good path now all the way to the top of Moel Hebog.  There is a spring just before you ascend Craig Cwm-trwsgl.  If you are short of water it would be wise to fill up here as there is nothing on the top until you descend from Hebog on the other side.

Snowdon on the left with it’s head in the clouds. The twin peaks of Y Lliwedd on the right with Yr Aran lower down in front. Taken from the top of Moel-yr Ogof
Looking North from the top of Moel Hebog with Anglesey in the distance and the days route over the nearer summits on the left..

On the summit of Moel Hebog we set up the stations and soon had eight contacts in the log using the yagi once again.

GW/NW-014 Log

GW/NW-019, Yr Aran – 747m, 6 points

From the summit of Moel Hebog find the path down towards Beddgelert to the NE .  It’s a bit craggy in places but perfectly passable.  We chose to spend the night near an old settlement beside the Afon Glochig to the North of the path before descending into Beddgelert in the morning.

Beddgelert
The route down with Snowdon still in the cloud in the distance

Turn left under the railway as you enter the village, this path will take you to the main A4085 where you will turn left again heading NW out of the village.  430m along the road there is a track on the right heading N for 150m to pick up the footpath.  Here the track continues clearly in the direction you want, but it is signposted informing that it’s not a public footpath so we turned E on the RoW then found an unmarked path leading up and onto the access land.  From here it’s a slog through undergrowth until the original track is regained.  Follow the track to the end and then navigate on a bearing until reaching the slope of Yr Aran.  Enjoy the view of the nice footpath back down in the distance if it’s a clear day!

Yr Aran summit

The final push up onto the top of Yr Aran makes a nice change with a good path to follow.

At the top we set up the stations, this time I decided to use the MFJ LongRanger antenna as I had carried it all weekend.  It didn’t take long to put five entries in the log, including a S2S into Northern Ireland which was a nice bonus.

GW/NW-019 Log

From the top of Yr Arran there is a path off to the North which decends and meets up with the Snowden path out of Rhyd Ddu.  Once down onto this it’s an easy walk out back down to the station car park in Rhyd Ddu.

Journey Details

Date – 13th/14th July 2019

Postcode – LL54 6TN

Parking – SH 571 525

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74

Antenna – Long ranger & 2 Element Yagi

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 7 + 5 + 8 + 5

SOTA points – 6 + 6 + 6 + 6

Group – Myself and Peter M6XPE

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