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Cadair Berwyn, with Llyn Lluncaws in the foreground by Chris Dixon

The Berwyn range (Y Berwyn / Mynydd Y Berwyn in Welsh) is an isolated and sparsely-populated area of moorland located in the north-east of Wales, United Kingdom, roughly bounded by Llangollen in the north-east, Corwen in the north-west, Bala in the south-west, and Oswestry in the south-east and is famously known for its alleged 1974 UFO crash known as the Berwyn Mountain Incident.

The area is wild, remote (by British standards) and covered in a layer of heather about one metre thick, with some acidic grassland and bracken, which makes the area difficult for hill-walkers. Navigation can be difficult as the hills in the area are not very high, and are often obscured by mist or low cloud. The area supports substantial populations of upland birds including raptors, such as the Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Merlin (Falco columbarius), and Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) (about 14-18 breeding pairs of each species, 1-2% of the total British population), and for this reason it is a Special Protection Area classified in accordance with the European Union's Birds Directive. Other wildlife include Short-eared Owl, Raven, Buzzard, Polecat and Golden Plover.

Summits include:

  • Cadair Berwyn, 830 metres. grid reference SJ071323.
  • Moel Sych, 827 metres. grid reference SJ066318.
  • Cadair Bronwen, 785 metres. grid reference SJ087324.
  • Tomle, 742 metres. grid reference SJ085335.
  • Cadair Bronwen, north-east top, 700 metres. grid reference SJ087352.
  • Moel yr Ewig, 695 metres. grid reference SJ087318.
  • Foel Wen, 691 metres. grid reference SJ099334.
  • Foel Wen, south top, 687 metres. grid reference SJ103330.
  • Mynydd Tarw, 681 metres. grid reference SJ113324.
  • Godor, 679 metres. grid reference SJ095307.
  • Godor, north top, 675 metres. grid reference SJ089311.


 

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