Ineluctably, Carn Fadryn


No trip to Towyn Farm is complete without an ascent of Carn Fadryn. Little S calls it Birthday Hill, because he has so often climbed it on his birthday. This year we were a little later, but he was still keen to return. Many of the rest of the party wanted to stay on the beach however, so it was a select band, just S, TBH and myself who made the trip.


Most of the usual elements were present, including Gatekeepers….


…and Labyrinth Spiders.


Lots of Gatekeepers in fact.


Expanding views as we climbed.


Oh, and did I mention the Gatekeepers? This was one of five on a small patch of Bell Heather.


The tapestry of flowers was as colourful as ever.


We always seem to spot several Dor Beetles.






The extensive views from Carn Fadryn could be specifically designed for the panoramic function on my camera. (Click on the pictures to see larger versions).



Something I don’t recall being so noticeable on previous visits was the profusion of Bumblebees taking advantage of the flowers.


This very pale species seemed particularly prevalent.

We didn’t see Choughs this year, which we sometimes have, but we were compensated by a large and very boisterous group of ravens flying near the summit. Large groups of ravens, I believe, are often composed of juvenile or immature birds which  have not yet paired up with a partner. That might explain the exuberant, tumbling, acrobatic flights of some of the birds – adolescent showing off.





Wild Thyme.



English Stonecrop.


The presence of Butterflies on the summit is also something of a fixture. This year there were several Red Admirals and a couple of tatty looking Painted Ladies.




Ineluctably, Carn Fadryn

7 thoughts on “Ineluctably, Carn Fadryn

  1. I climbed your hill on 14th February 2014 during a period of wild gales. I was there with my caravan and friends sent anxious messages concerned for my safety. I seem to remember a characterful rocky summit. Your pictures, as always are superb. What camera are you using these days; I know you’ve posted about it.

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    1. beatingthebounds says:

      It’s a compromise in lots of ways. This is my second bridge camera. I used to use SLRs, but have never owned a DSLR. I was very tempted when I bought my current camera – well, actually I vacillated between another bridge, a micro 4/3 or a DSLR. But in the end the convenience of the bridge won out – no extra lenses to lug about, much cheaper, slightly lighter and less bulky. I don’t have a smart phone – if I did I’d have another dilemma to deal with (although, most of the time I’d probably stick with using the bridge camera). When my daughter and I did a longer walk over several days earlier this year I took a point and shoot camera, mainly because I wanted to get all of my gear into a relatively small pack.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes – these are not my best shots of the spiders – my old camera with its zoomed macro function worked better for this sort of thing than the new one. I’m hankering now to visit Carn Fadryn at a different time of year – even earlier in the summer would be good, just to see how the flowers and wildlife differ. I’d love to walk the Llyn coastal path too.

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