Altitude 147m a.s.l
Egg snatchers arete is left of the tree filled crack. © emlynroberts
Small crag at the head of Sychnant pass, easily seen when driving up the pass from Capelulo / Dwygyfylchi. Park in the layby at the top of the pass (by the ice cream van in Summer) Walk towards Alltwen on a farm track. Egg-snatchers Arete is below the track on the left, other routes are on the outcrops directly above the track.
Approach to Egg-snatchers is awkward over loose pebble scree, and may vary with differing amounts of bracken / gorse growth; prickly!. The easiest appears to be to pass the top of the crag (having a quick look for belay anchor placements) then scramble down the far side and back along the foot of the cliff, monitoring for Kestrel activity in springtime. Alternatives include approaching between the first rocky outcrop and the main crag or dropping to the valley bottom and ascending the scree. None of these is pleasant!
The Craig Melyn crag complex is part of the Sychnant Pass Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS). It is the usual nest site for the local Kestrel, and habitat for Sea Campion. (Note that another part of the Craig Melyn, the overhang, is the only local site of the nationally rare Lanceolate Spleenwort, Asplenium billottii).
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