18th October, 2017
Short in altitude but utterly uncompromising, the Rhinogau (aka Rhinogs) are famously among the wildest and roughest hills in Wales. With the sea at its foot the range sprawls all the way from the Vale of Ffestiniog in the north to the Mawddach estuary in the south, its main ridge aligned almost exactly north-south. The northern hills are a chaos of mini crags and heather, with scatterings of little lakes and idyllic wooded valleys - beautiful walking, but hard going - while the peaks further south have a smoother, grassier grandeur. A full traverse of the lot makes a tough single day or a brilliant weekend; there are plenty of spots to camp.
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Distance: 19.13 miles (30.78 km)
Total ascent: 1,774m
Steepest Gradient: 39% (1 in 3)
Time: 12 hours (Walking)
Additional InformationStart Talsarnau train station, SH609361; Finish Barmouth train station, SH611159
Porthmadog or Dolgellau
A winning combination of rocks, bogs and knee-deep heather with options for exploratory scrambling on the two Rhinog peaks in particular. Paths in the northern hills range from excellent to non-existent, and some aptitude at route finding in rough confusing terrain is an advantage. South of Y Llethr the going is much gentler.
Winter conditions are rare on such low hills this close to the sea, but in the snow Rhinog Fawr would need a little care.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Snowdonia – Met Office: Snowdonia
Since this linear walk begins and ends at a station it is 100% train friendly.
OS Explorer OL18 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL23 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 124 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
Harlech (01766 780 658); Porthmadog (01766 512981); Beddgelert (01766 890615)
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com