Monday, 20 April 2015

Y Pellennig - The Remotest Hills of Wales - BBC Wales News article

Guide highlights Wales' remotest hills

The booklet provides a hill list of some of the most remote places in Wales like Tyle Garw.  Photo: Mark Trengove
There are few better places to get away from it all than in the hills of Wales, but which summit is the most remote for solitude seekers?
A new booklet, Y Pellennig: The Remotest Hills of Wales, is attempting to answer that very question.
Topping the list in Wales is West Tump, which is a 17m (55ft) high rock out in the Celtic Sea.
On mainland Wales, the 467m (1,532ft) high Tyle Garw in the Brecon Beacons is 4.9km (3 miles) from the nearest road.
Qualification to be listed among Y Pellennig - which translates from Welsh as far or outlying - requires the hills to be a minimum of 2.5km (1.5 miles) from summit to the nearest road and a minimum of 15m (50ft) of drop from the summit to the lowest point connecting the hill to next higher ground.
The booklet, by Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams, provides a hill list that will take the user to some of the most beautiful land in Wales.

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales

Remote wonders

§  Airy tops of the dramatic Worm's Head headland, Gower
§  Lonely sentinel of Ynys Llanddwyn that forms the south-western tip of Anglesey
§  Mynydd Enlli, Bardsey Island, Gwynedd
§  Hills found on Ramsey Island, Pembrokeshire, and Garnedd Uchaf - or Carnedd Gwenllian - in the high Carneddau range of Snowdonia
§  Highest point in Wales, Snowdon

Mr Phillips said: "It is a unique concept and challenge as no grouping of hills have been listed by remoteness and no known person has visited all the summits.
"Each hill name has been painstakingly researched by Aled Williams taking in all available Ordnance Survey maps, old estate survey maps, nautical charts and many local enquiries.
"Many of the islands listed are out of bounds during the summer due to seabird nesting colonies, or their general inaccessibility."

The small island of Ynyd Bery, south of Ramsey Island in Pembrokeshire.  Photo: Mark Trengove
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