Across the Dragon's Back

A walk over the two-thousand foot summits of Wales

In 1993 I completed a continuous walk over all the Welsh two-thousand foot summits. The idea was conceived many years before, when we were collecting the two-thousand foot tops from George Bridge's Tables. It was not until retirement that I was able to turn idea into reality. By this time resurveying had made Bridge's list out of date. I used instead the list of 181 summits described in the book:
The Mountains of England and Wales: vol 1: Wales by John and Anne Nuttall (Cicerone Press 1989)

Determined to make the walk into a complete traverse of Wales (a version of the 'Cambrian Way'), I started from Neath which just about counts as the south coast, being on a tidal river. My only rule was to walk every step of the way. My diary describes the 35 days of the walk



  1. Garreg Lwyd
  2. Carmarthen Fan
  3. Fan Fawr
  4. Brecon Beacons
  5. Cefn yr Ystrad
  6. Black Mountains West
  7. Black Mountains East
  8. Offa's Dyke
  9. Radnor Forest
  10. Gorllwyn
  11. Drygarn Fawr
  12. Pumlumon
  13. Machynlleth
  14. Tarrens
  15. Cadair Idris
  16. Maesglase and the Arans
  17. Berwyns West
  18. Berwyns Central
  19. Berwyns North
  20. Foel Goch
  21. Arenigs
  22. Rhobell Fawr
  23. Rhinogs South
  24. Rhinogs North
  25. Manods
  26. Moelwyns
  27. Moel Hebog
  28. Nantlle Ridge
  29. Snowdon
  30. Moel Eilio
  31. Glyders
  32. Moel Siabod
  33. Carneddau South
  34. Carneddau North
  35. Tal y Fan
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