Across the Rhinogydd – Rhinog Fawr and Llyn Du.

Anyone who’s heard of these will know how wild and rugged they are. If you haven’t, then you need to realise that they’re a range of hills that stretch from the Vale of Ffestiniog in the north, to the Mawddach in the south without being breached once by a road. There are two rough and ancient passes that cross these hills, neither of which is more than a path. They are also boggy and rocky in places, and you’d struggle to take anything more than boots on them.

Stray off the paths and you’re in serious terrain. Where there’s no boulders there’s heather, where there’s no heather there’s bogs; usually a malicious mixture of all three. I’ve mentioned before that the Rhinog Kilometer is worth two elsewhere, if not three. Couple that with strangely dipping strata and stone pavements typical of the Rhinogydd, and you’re in a region of mountain that is completely distinctive and unique. You could be dropped off in the middle of them, and while you’d be lost, you’d have no doubt that you were in the middle of the wildest, baddest, meanest terrain Snowdonia can throw at you. Add hill fog and you’ve got a real interesting day.

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Distance, Ascent and Time 22.5km, 720m ascent, 8 hours

OS Map Required Explorer 018Landranger 124BMC Snowdonia South

Difficulties Very complex terrain, scrambling.

Start / End Bronaber nr Trawsfynydd to Llanbedr

Facilities Nothing. Shops and Pubs in Llanbedr.

Public Transport X32 to Bronaber, railway and bus services from Llanbedr

The Full Route is on Mud and Routes.

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