The climb up from Machynlleth was vicious, following a very steep narrow road, before heading into the hills.
Conditions under foot were good, before joining forestry land down a rough track, thence to a Pennai Towers
As the path looped around, then back north, I nearly missed the turn (at grid 701014) as you need to take a very sharp left after crossing the bridge. The track leads to a farm, (Rhos-farch) just as it says in the guide book, but here’s a surprise. Through the gate, and on the back of the gate there was a sign “Private – no public access”. Whoops!
From here, the route headed NW up into the hills and here I got to feel the full blast of the wind blasting in the the W. In the distance I could see black clouds,m but they seemed to bypass me, so thankfully it stayed dry if very grey and overcast.
At the top of Tarren Hendre where it was really cold and windy; it was very clear that winter still had a grip on the hills, many of which still carried snow on their summits. With most of my clothes on: base layer, fleece, windshirt, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves, I headed down the summit ridge, glad to get out of the blast of the wind.
On the way down, keen to drop down into the shelter of the woods, I turned off the ridge too soon, which meant I lost the path down and had to bushwack through a cut area top make it to the forest track. A tricky little cross stepping around and over the cut trees and avoiding the boggy areas which looked deep in places.
By the time I made the forest road night was approaching and I searched for a place to set up camp, which I made tucked under the trees.
After a very average meal of risotto, I bedded down for the night, easily sleeping through to the next dawn