Top of the Cambrians
Pen Pumlumon Fawr, Pumlumon, Eisteddfa Gurig, Ceredigion, Wales
Pumlumon is the crown of the Cambrians reaching a total of 752 metres (2,467 ft) at it’s highest point on Pen Pumlumon Fawr.
Pumlumon is Welsh for “five peaks” and according to Welsh folklore is home to a sleeping giant. It is also the source of the longest river in the UK, the Severn and several other rivers including the Wye and the Rheidol.
As always with the uplands the weather can change very rapidly, changing from beautiful blue skies to thick cloud that ruined the chances of seeing anything but objects within a 100 meters, so there was no chance of seeing the stunning views.
The summit of Pen Pumlumon Fawr is unusual in being covered in mosses such as Wooly Fringe-Moss Racomitrium lanuginosum (2) and also clubmoss rich-grassland, with two species of lycophyte. The tall brached Fir Clubmoss Huperzia selago (6) and the much lower growing Alpine Clubmoss Diphasiastrum alpinum (4) could both be found growing high on the summit. Both of these species belong to the oldest extant group of vascular plants which were dominant during the Carboniferous period.
The summit of Pen Pumlumon Fawr is marked by a Trig point and a series of cairns and is meant to have a stunning view of Ceredigion and Powys, although sadly today there was very little to be seen.