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The Rhinog ridge

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Snowdonia starting and finishing in Gwynedd, Wales, about 25.18km (15.65 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 8:15 (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 835m (2739ft)
Loss 826m (2709ft)
Max. Elevation 730m (2395ft)
Elevation (total) 1661m (5448ft)
Talsarnau station
Barmouth station
Distance 25.18km
Duration ~8:15
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 08 May 2009
Think there is no wilderness left in the UK? Then head for the Rhinogs for some of the wildest walking in Wales. The landscape here is a mix of rocky summits and dense heather moorland, with good views of Wales' other big 'uns to the north and east. This walk is best enjoyed over two days with a wild camp on route. Navigation can been tricky here - no well-trodden paths round these parts - so make sure you are prepared!

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid SH610361
Talsarnau is a request stop on the Cambrian Coast Railway. From the station, head through the village and pick up the footpath heading onto the ridge.
Between the Llyns About 3.88 km (~2.41 miles) from
OS Grid SH645344
Follow the track between Llyn Eiddew-bach and Llyn Eiddew-mawr. This will lead you onto Moel Ysgyfarnogod, the first big summit on the ridge.
Craig Ddrwg About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
OS Grid SH657331
From the summit, follow the ridge heading south past two small llyns and onto Craig Ddrwg, and Clip. Navigate carefully down the steep slope south from Clip.
Llyn Morwynion About 2.90 km (~1.8 miles) from
OS Grid SH656302
OK, we told you it was wild. The stretch between Clip and Llyn Morwynion is a pathless expanse of heathery heaven. Your compass will earn its stripes over this bit.
Rhinog Fawr About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from
OS Grid SH656290
The highest point for day one - 720m and great views of your onward route to the south.
Rhinog Fach About 2.10 km (~1.3 miles) from
OS Grid SH665270
Just to the south is the peak of Rhinog Fach, above Llyn Hywel. The flatter area around Llyn y Bi, just to the east of the cwm between Rhinog Fach and Y Llethr is a good place for an extremely peaceful wild camp!
Diffwys About 3.71 km (~2.31 miles) from
OS Grid SH662234
Day 2, and it's straight back on to the crest of the ridge. Climb Y Llethr and follow Crib-y-rhiw south onto Diffwys, the highest peak in the Rhinogs.
Past Llyn Bodlyn About 2.49 km (~1.55 miles) from
OS Grid SH639223
The ridge takes a detour beyond Diffwys - head southwest along the shoulder and hug the high point.
Bwlch y Rhiwgyr About 2.59 km (~1.61 miles) from
OS Grid SH627201
As the ridge drops in height towards Bwlch y Rhiwgyr, look for the footpath dropping down the western side of the hill. This leads around the contours of the hill and down towards Barmouth.
Barmouth About 4.52 km (~2.81 miles) from
OS Grid SH613157
The end of the walk! The ridge drops right into the village of Barmouth, and the train home.

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