Remote and rough terrain are a feature of this walk, which should not be attempted in mist or bad weather
This route to the 2,004ft/611 metre summit of Foel Goch also visits the top of Orddu and is for experienced hill walkers who can navigate in remote and often trackless and sometimes wet terrain. Mist or bad weather can hamper your progress so please bear these in mind when setting off.
START: Exit the Club Site past the barrier to reach the lane. Go left to follow the lane as it winds through farmland and under overhead cables. Continue on the lane to a point where it bends right and reaches a left juntion with a signpost for Pentre.
Walking along the lane from the Club Site
Go left here, rising up steeply on the narrowing lane and passing between high banks. As the slope eases continue ahead on the lane to pass through a gate. Pass through two gates to reach a farmyard.
About half way through the farm, before the lane you are following dips and bends left, go right at a junction heading between barns to pass through double gates and continue through a gate/opening heading uphill. At a crossroad of tracks in a sheep feeding area bear left to pass through a gate and carry on with an old wall on your left.
The track above the farmyard
Rise between walls into more open country and pass through a gate continuing uphill on the grassy track. Keep climbing with a wall/fence on your left. The path gets rougher as you rise and soon curves left over a bridge passing through an opening. Go right through it and continue along the left bank of a stream with a fence on the right.
Continue near the fence through a very boggy section. Keep the fence on your right and when it crosses to the other side of the stream, continue on the path near the stream to reach a gate in the fence and pass through it.
Follow the track beyond to cross a stream and stay on the vague path on the other side. Curve right (with a fence on your right) to cut left over a stream. The path now rises through a marshy area and heads uphill going right of the summit of Orddu above left. Keep the fence on your right and as the path fades completely continue uphill north easterly through trackless ground using the fence over on the right as a guide and aim for the small col at the head of the fence above. Continue up near the fence through difficult terrain to reach a fence corner just below the small col.
The way to the small col
Go left with the fence to climb steeply up the slopes of Orddu. Go left at a junction of fences by a boundary stone and follow the developing path to the small bounder which marks the summit of Orddu. Continue ahead with the fence right heading towards Foel Goch.
On the way to Foel Goch
Follow the path as it starts to descend, keeping the fence on your right. Continue to a col and a crossroad of paths near a boundary stone. Continue ahead, going left of a gate to cross a stile by an old pallet. Take the path ahead with a fence on the right. Just before the fence bends right, cut left onto a good track/path. This path will take you to the summit of Foel Goch via a junction at a cairn where you need to go left.
At the summit of Foel Goch
Re-trace your steps back down to the dip/col and cairn and go right following your outbound route back down the hillside. Cut right when the path spits near the fence corner and descend the wet section to cross a stile. Continue back to the path crossroads near the boundary stone and then go right. Follow the grassy track downhill cutting left over the slopes of Orddu. Continue downhill with a fence on the right.
The descent from Foel Goch
As you get lower down look for the gate below from your outbound route and follow the track in the general direction of it. Descend through a rough marshy area to re-join your outbound route and drop to cross a stream then bear right across a boggy area to cross a stream and reach a gate.
Looking back from the gate
Descending the moor beyond the gate
Pass through the gate and continue on your outbound route with the fence on the opposite side of the brook. Keep the stream to your left and once the fence crosses the stream, continue next to it to climb up and follow the track downhill keeping the fence on your left.
Continue past old sheepfolds on the left and descend through a gate/opening and then go left through another gate/opening and cross a bridge. Go right to follow the track, now on the opposite side of the stream, and continue back along your outbound route.
Looking back to Foel Goch from the descent route
Descending after crossing the bridge
Now simply follow your outbound route back to the campsite.