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Rhinog Fawr and Rhinog Fach

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Snowdonia in Gwynedd, Wales, about 18.36km (11.41 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:15. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 1052m (3451ft)
Loss 1040m (3412ft)
Max. Elevation 700m (2296ft)
Elevation (total) 2092m (6863ft)
Start & End
Distance 18.36km
Duration ~7:15
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 03 Apr 2011
These two hills in southern Snowdonia may seem modest, but are one of the most challenging trips in the National Park. Despite relatively modest heights (720m and 712m respectively), the terrain - rough heathery ground and screes - makes them an arduous trip, and although there are paths, they are easily lost in bad weather - no concrete paths a la Snowdon round here. This approach, from Llanbedr on the Welsh coast, makes for a long walk in, but the scenery is superb all the way, starting in forest and by rivers before the bleaker higher ground. Either way, come prepared and enjoy! Note - it is hard to do the whole walk in between trains. Better to plan for an overnight stay in Llanbedr and enjoy a coastal walk the next day.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid SH585268
Take the train to Llanbedr, a very scenic journey along the Welsh coast.
Riverside walk About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SH589266
Take the footpath along the river, which passes through woodland on its way to the hills.
Road crossing About 1.52 km (~0.94 miles) from
OS Grid SH603273
Beyond the woods, follow the road a short distance until you reach the footpath heading uphill.
Cefncymerau Uchaf About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SH611275
The path starts climbing steadily uphil at Cefncymerau Uchaf.
Foel Ddu About 2.14 km (~1.33 miles) from
OS Grid SH631282
Continue up to the semi-plateau at Foel Ddu, from where you can see the summit of Rhinog Fawr.
Rhinog Fawr About 2.61 km (~1.62 miles) from
OS Grid SH656290
The ground leading up to Rhinog Fawr is heavy going - lots of boggy heather and rocks. No one said this walk was easy... the approach from a northwest direction is probably the least taxing.
Bwlch Drws Ardudwy About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid SH659280
Drop down the southern side of Rhinog Fawr to Bwlch Drws Ardudwy, before another rough climb to Rhinog Fach.
Rhinog Fach About 1.07 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid SH665271
Continue over Rhinog Fach to the summit. When descending, drop off to the eastern side to avoid the crags above Llyn Hywel.
Llyn Hywel About 0.38 km (~0.24 miles) from
OS Grid SH666267
When safely down, skirt around the southern nose of the hill to Llyn Hywel.
Path back About 1.24 km (~0.77 miles) from
OS Grid SH654266
On the western side of the Llyn is a path which leads you down towards the towns again.
Pont Cerrig About 1.78 km (~1.11 miles) from
OS Grid SH638259
Pass a patch of woodland to Pont Cerrig.
Afon Cwmnantcol About 1.15 km (~0.71 miles) from
OS Grid SH626261
A stretch of riverside walking takes you homeward.
Penisarcwm About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid SH618265
At Penisawrcwm you can cross the river to retrace your route back to Llanbedr, or stay on the southern side and take the intertwining mesh of footpaths back.
Tyddyn-bach Ucha About 1.58 km (~0.98 miles) from
OS Grid SH602266
Near Tyddyn-bach Ucha is a waterfall, if you need a secenic spot for a breather before the final push.
Llanbedr About 1.64 km (~1.02 miles) from
OS Grid SH586266
Back to Llanbedr for the train home. There are good B&Bs in the town and various campsites nearby too. www.snowdonia-holidays-llanbedr.co.uk

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