Having explored the north of these rugged hills, I couldn’t keep away from collecting the full set. Compared to the northern Rhinogydd, these are much easier underfoot but can still spring a surprise or two!
Getting to the start of this walk can either be by the old gas guzzler into Cwm Nantcol, or you can start at a number of points on foot from the coast and add a few more kilometres to the walk. Being winter and seeing as the only way to get here in time for a walk is by car (the nearby youth hostel in Llanbedr is no more. The only one in South Snowdonia now is at Kings near Dolgellau. Unfortunately, they’ve sold off the more remote ones and only kept the popular ones which are all within bus range of my house! Take one guess why I’m a member of the SYHA instead!)
We drove up into Cwm Nantcol past Capel Salem (link to wikipedia) and up to the viewpoint at SH614 258. There are plenty of parking spaces here, but the road up is very narrow in places and you’ll have a lot of fun if you meet another car on the way. There is very little scope to park in Cwm Nantcol itself unless you park at the end of the minor road. This didn’t appeal to us as we’d have to backtrack to the path, and it would leave us a long road yomp at the end to get back.
Distance, Ascent and Time 22.5km, 1180m and 8 hours
Difficulties Route finding.
Start / End Car Park Cwm Nantcol SH615258
Public Transport None