logo Walking Britain

Snowdonia Walk
Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy from Cwm Nantcol

Nat Park - Snowdonia - Rhinogs

County/Area - Gwynedd

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km    Ascent - 560 feet / 170 metres

Time - 2 hours 50 minutes    Grade - easy

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL18Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL18Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 124Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 124Digital Map1:50kBUY

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy from Cwm Nantcol
Click image to visit gallery of 4 images.

The Rhinog Mountains in Snowdonia have a reputation for being rugged and rocky and this may be the reason why they see few walkers compared with the better known peaks of the Snowdonia National Park. This Snowdonia walk offers a relatively easy excursion allowing you to explore the possibilities of further walking in this very special part of Wales and it gives you a real sense of being right in the mountains.

Leave the main coast road at Llanbedr (on the A496 3 miles south of Harlech) and follow the lanes inland through wonderful country to reach the broad valley of Cwm Nantcol. Continue up the lane as far as you can to reach Maes-y-garnedd, an isolated farm at the head of the valley, where parking is available for a small fee (grid ref. SH641270).

The walk itself is an out and back excursion to the col between Rhinog Fawr and Rhinog Fach. The scenery is excellent, a mixture of rock and heather with excellent views throughout. After parking go through the gate on the east side of the track and take the clear path that heads northeast. All you need to do is follow the path until you reach the col, Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy, which marked by a large cairn.

At times the way is a little boggy but generally the route offers no other difficulties. On reaching the col there is an excellent view across to Lake Trawsfynydd and the Arenigs. You can also take time to contemplate whether the Rhinogs fit your style of walking - look south from the col and you can see the steep path heading to the summit of Rhinog Fach! You might even try some off-path walking - just look out for the large rocks hidden amongst the calf high heather! Whatever your verdict the Rhinogs offer great routes, excellent scenery and ever changing panoramas - don't let the terrain put you off.

After taking in the delights of this wonderful natural rockery retrace your steps to where you parked. In two or three hours you will have discovered the delights and challenges of the Rhinog mountains. I'll wager most will be back for more!


Other walks nearby

Walk 1191 Rhinog Fawr & Gloyw Lyn from Cwm Bychanmod/hard5.0 miles
Walk 2544 Rhinog Fach circularmoderate8.0 miles
Walk 1036 Rhinog Fach & Y Llethr from Craigddu Isafmoderate9.0 miles
Walk 1193 Y Llethr & Diffwys from Dyffryn Ardudwymod/hard11.5 miles
Walk 1746 Bwlch y Rhiwgyr & Pont Scethinmoderate9.8 miles

Recommended Books & eBooks

Snowdonia: 30 Low-level and easy walks - North

Snowdonia: 30 Low-level and easy walks - NorthGuidebook describing 30 walks in Snowdonia, Wales. Routes are mostly low level and on clear paths and showcase the region's beautiful scenery and rich history and culture. Part of a 2-volume set, this northern volume includes the Snowdon area, the Ogwen and Conwy Valleys, Betws-y-Coed, Beddgelert, Ffestiniog and the coast.
More information

Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia

Great Mountain Days in SnowdoniaInspirational guidebook to 40 great mountain day walks and scrambles in Snowdonia. Inspirational routes for all abilities across the National Park with routes up Snowdon and Moel Eilio, the Glyderau, the Carneddau, Eifionydd, Siabod and the Moelwynion, Rhinogydd (the Harlech Dome), Migneint and the Arans and Cadair Idris and the Tarrens.
More information

Navigation

NavigationThis pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.
More information

Further Information

Walk Location Map

Walk location map

Snowdonia Walking

The Snowdonia National Park is much more than the highest mountain in England and Wales. Mainly mountainous, it encompasses a large area of beautiful and often spectacular wild landscapes. Located in North Wales, the National Park offers a tremendous variety of walks with many challenging mountain routes. More Information

Walk grading - Learn how each walk is assessed and select a walk to suit your ability and experience by going to Walk Grading Details.

Accommodation Nearby

Dinas Caravan Park & Camping
Llanbedr
2.6 miles / 4.2 km away
Gilfach Goch
Llanbedr
3.4 miles / 5.4 km away
Gwrach Ynys Country Guest House
Harlech
5.6 miles / 8.9 km away
Borthwnog Hall
Dolgellau
5.7 miles / 9.1 km away
Tyn Y Berth Talsarnau
Talsarnau
5.9 miles / 9.4 km away

Self Catering & Cottage Holidays - Properties throughout the UK & Europe

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news. Facebook Twitter

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.