Name:Pen y Castell
Hill number:2028
Height:623.5m / 2046ft
Parent (Ma):1965  Carnedd Llewelyn
SMC/RHB Section:30B: Snowdonia
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Carneddau
Topographical area:WN04 Llewelyn-elen
Class:Nuttall, Subsimm, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
Grid ref:SH 72190 68883
Summit feature:boulder
Col:594.5m  SH 71943 69030  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 115
(1:25k) OL17E
Observations:boulder is 0.46m higher than outcrop 60m SW at SH 72222 68925 and 2.43m higher than rock tor 230m ESE at SH 72437 68877
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica RX1250
Survey of Pen y Castell (Final).doc
Comments:The Nuttalls give the summit as the rock tor at SH724688. Drop 29.0m by line survey.
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Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum and Pen Y Castell from Bwlch Y Ddeufan.Alunrees4120/04/2024
From handy car parking at Bwlch y gaer. Up the track, crossed at a stile below Craig Cefn Coch and then followed quad bike tracks to the summit. A very breezy but dry winter afternoon.sebastiencale17/12/2023
with kFabioski07/11/2023
Bwlch y ddeufaen up Drum with Lo and DomIam_JoshEdwards14/10/2023
From Bwlch Y Deeufan. Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum and Pen Y Castell. 12.88km with 523m ascent in 1hr44m22s.alunrees198330/08/2023
Celts third mountainBatmanRobinFlash20/08/2023
Solo; 1. Drum 2. Foel-Fras 3. Llwytmor 4. Pen y Castellpaulh7903/04/2023
Tal Y Fan, Foel Lwyd, Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell and Penygadairalunrees4027/11/2022
Solo(comma) on run(comma) after Mickle Fell and Matt visit. Fidget03/10/2022
From Bwlch y Dduefaen. Followed wall out and back to Foel Lwyd and Tal y Fan then circular route Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell and Penygadair. Perfect conditions.muzza212/06/2022
Bob & Duke.DukeNukem28/04/2022
Easy walk down on path from Drum. Solo.Dangerous Dave20/04/2022
Foel-Ganol, Yr Orsedd, Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell and Penygadair. From Bwlch Y Ddeufan.alunrees3918/04/2022
Following on from Drum / Tal Y Fan. Very windy on the top. Me and our Jess peak bagging.Buckleymon27/01/2022
O Abergwyngregyn - Foel-Ganol, Yr Orsedd, Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell a Pen y Cydgoed.sionbrit04/09/2021
Out and back from the parking area at Bwlch-y-gaer. Visited hill summit and Nuttall summit.PGCE16/08/2021
A beautiful circular walk from Bryn Llys accommodation. Noel Faban, Gyrn, Moel Wnion, Drosgl, Bera Mawr, Bera Fach, Gyrn Wigan. Very quiet. Good views into higher tops. With B and R.jenx09/05/2021
Last Nuttall of the day as the weather decided to turn nasty solocolinfielding13/04/2021
Day 3 of a 3 day backpack exploring the Carneddau. Superb weather and views.morgs4mountains02/04/2021
Tal Y Fan, Foel Lwyd, Foel-Ganol, Yr Orsedd, Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell and Penygadair. First full mountain day in 4 months post lockdown :)WelshMountainGoat3822/03/2021
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QMD 1 from Bwlch Y Ddeufan. Foel-Ganol, Yr Orsedd, Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castel, Penygadair, Tal Y Fan and Foel Lwyd. Mostly great views apart from Drum!!angelfon3711/10/2020
From Bwlch Y Ddeufan. Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell and Penygadair.alunrees3715/06/2020
From Bwlch Y Ddeufaen. Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell and Penygadair. Very Windy, very claggy and at the end very wet!alunrees050423/12/2019
From Ros Lyn, down to Avon Dulyn, up to Penygadair and over Pen Y Castell. Onto Drum, Foel-fras, Carnedd Gwenllian and Foel Granch. South east to Gledrrfordd, scrambled over Craig Eigiau then over Bryn-gwenith.ByronHaywood10/10/2019
Second top of three on a ten mile walk following Nuttalls route The Northern Carneddau. From the small car park south west of Tal y Fan at the end of the minor road.WAYNE ROWLETT04/08/2019
Nice Sunday walk bagging Nutallsjmistry8623/06/2019
From Bwlch Y Ddeufan. Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell, Tal Y Fan and Foel Lwyd. Lovely DayAngelfon8319/03/2019
From AberDan Baddeley15/03/2019
From pub car park in Tal-y-bont, via Pen y Gaer and Penygadairderrymark16/02/2019
From wild camp near Llyn Eigiau, tracks, Dulyn river crossing at dam, Ddu stream crossing at sheepfolds, handrail eastern side of wall to Pen y Castell in cloud, across bwlch and handrail fence/wall to Drum. Descent to roman road and next wild camp area. On supervision duties for DofE Gold expedition. With Gillian.richard6929/08/2018
1/3 (Pen y Castell/Pengadair/Waen Bryn-Gwenith)Fergalh25/03/2018
From the car park west of Cae Coch Farm (SH721715). Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum and Pen y Castell. Very windy on the tops, otherwise a good day with nice views.Lazylizzie23/03/2018
Climbed with Peter Thirkettlepsburgess15/11/2017
Climbed with Paul BurgessP.Thirkettle15/11/2017
Solo. From Drum and on to Penygadair.Aimless Rambler28/08/2017
From Bwlch Y Ddeufaen. Pen Y Cydgoed, Foel-Ganol, Yr Orsedd, Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum, Pen Y Castell, Penygadair and Pen Y Gaer. Lovely day, warm and windy!!Alunrees3322/05/2017
Parked at small car park at head of valley. Foel Lwyd, Tal y Fan, Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum, Pen y Castell then Penygadair (east and west tops).BobHancock12/04/2017
Nuttall Walk WN 1.3 The Northern Carneddau from the car park at the end of the tarmac road near Bwlch y Ddeufaen, visiting Tal y Fan, Foel-fras, Carnedd Y Ddelw, Drum and Pen y Castell. 16km with 860m ascent in 5h20m. (S)silveracorn_alan15/05/2016
Parked by bridge at Aber falls.£2 all day. Walked up road to top car park then straight up Foel Dduarth. Steep going on scree & through gorse but great view of whole valley and snow covered tops on gaining the ridge.Then stroll down to col and upto summit of Foel-ganol. On to Yr Orsedd,Carnedd y Ddelw.Drum, out & back to Pen y Castell,Foel-Fras,Carnedd Gwenllian,over Yr Aryg,Bera Mawr & Bera Bach then descending to Aber falls. Great views all daymart079716/04/2016
Great view of Conway valley did it as the nuttalls book walkAristotle Chip05/03/2016
Foel-ganol, Yr Orsedd, Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum, Pen y Castellkeithouk17/01/2016
With Mrs G on Nuttall's 1.3 walk. Damp day, but rain only intermittent.jonglew14/09/2015
Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum, and Pen y Castell from Bwlch y Ddeufaen. Path less tramp back to car! DSFred Windsor11/07/2015
Nuttall walk 1.3: Tal y Fan - Foel Lwyd - Carnedd y Ddelw NW Top - Carnedd y Ddelw - Drum - Pen y Castell - Penygadairronaldo33327/06/2015
See Foel Grach logDewi Prysor23/06/2015
Nuttalls walk 1.3, with Lindsay, Steve and FrankCrib Goch24/04/2015
Nuttall walk 1.3 plus others with Martin, Frank ,Steve and BrianLou24/04/2015
With Martin, Lindsay & Steve visiting Tal y Fan, Foel Lwyd, Carnedd y Ddelw, Drum, Pen y Castell finishing on the hill fort of Pen y Gaer. Dry, but cloudy for most of the day.knarf24/04/2015