Rhinogs Walk
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    Snowdonia, North Wales
  This easy walking route makes a fine introduction to backpacking, in one of the most beautiful and remote areas of Wales. Although most walks in this area will include an ascent of all three peaks, this route, ideal for a weekend trip, will only visit Rhinog Fawr. However, a simple adjustment to the route can be made if you wish to climb Rhinog Fach and Y Llethr as well.

Starting from a car park near the A470 in Coed-y-Brenin forest, the route climbs easily to a sheltered camp about 6km away, and poses no problem being tackled in the dark.
The second day involves some 500m of climbing, taking in Rhinog Fawr, then to a wilderness camp by Llyn Du (7km) or a sheltered camp in the forest (9km).
The final days walk is either 10km or 12km depending on where you camped, with very little climbing involved, and a final section along the Roman Road, Sarn Helen.

The start of the route is at Dolgefeilliau car park (Grid ref. 723268), just off the A470, in Coed-y-Brenin forest. This is about 8km south of Trawsfynydd. The track can only be accessed via its northern junction with A470 at 719273. This is about 300m north of the entrance to Maesgwn Centre/Cafe road.
Here's a kit list of items you should consider taking with you. This is just a guide to use as a checklist.

Try to split larger items (tent/cooker/fuel etc.) between members of the group.

Map required:
O.S. Outdoor Leisure 18
Harlech, Porthmadog & Bala

Sleeping bag
Bivvy bag
Roll mat
Torch/spare batteries
Waterproof mapcase
First aid kit/whistle

Walking clothes
Spare dry items
Fleece jkt

  Leave the car park via the old bridge and cross the A470. Head up to the Maesgwm Centre on the tarmac road. Continue past the centre, the tarmac turns to track. Bear right on the track to a ford/footbridge (711282).
Navigate along the bridlepath to another tarmac track and river crossing (709289). Follow a footpath north to a path/track junction at a river crossing (712297).
Turn left on a rough track towards Cae n-y-cefn. After 400m turn right on a track littered with old farming equipment, and follow it as it bends right to join alongside the conduit (703296).
Follow this track for 1.5km to reach the edge of the forest, and you camp for the night!!

  The first nights camp is at 693292 (weir/ford) at 220m. There is natural shelter from the forest, and from some man-made structures for a water collection area. There is flat, even grassed areas, and plentiful water supplies.
  From the camp, head west into the forest along the forest track. At Cwrt (686293) follow the footpath left. If you can't locate this, follow the track and then turn left at the second track you see. Either route will bring you to a junction (678292).
Head south, then west, via Grugle, to exit the forest (671286).
Follow this obvious path to its highest point at the 310m contour (659281). Head due north for 300m to pick up the very steep path which climbs NNE through the spectacular crags.
From the top of the crags, a path is followed west to the top of Rhinog Fawr - hoorah!!

      Rhinogs map
  Descend from the top on a craggy path heading NW. After 300m turn right onto another path which descends to the eastern edge of Llyn Du. Walk around the lake to the western side for the wilderness campsite, or continue past the lake, still descending, and pass beneath crags to meet the Roman Steps. Bear right onto this path and reach the forest for the more sheltered camp.
  The 500m wilderness camp at Llyn Du (654294) is between the lake itself and the wall to the west. It has no protection for the wind, and a fresh westerly may give you problems. Water is from the lake, and the ground will become boggy after heavy rain. The area is mostly tussocky and rocky, but there are two or three small areas suitable for smaller tents.

The lower camp is situated 100m inside the forest (667297) at about 320m. This is to the right of the main path in a glade type area within the trees, just 10m off the path. A small stream surrounds the site, and it drains quite well. There is plenty of opportunity to erect make-shift shelters here as well as your tents.

  Follow the well maintained path east through the forest, stright ahead at a track junction, to Graigddu-isaf (680300). Pass the farm buildings and continue onto the minor road. After 1km (693306) take the footpath on your right and navigate your way to the footbridge/ford (711297).
From here, head south on the same path which you used on your first day, to river crossing (711290).
East on track/road to Gelli-goch (715288).
Cross A470 onto uphill path. Ignore first junction and continue up. At the next junction, turn right onto a good track. At Bwich-y-ffordd (723281) you should bear right onto the Sarn Helen Roman Road.
After 1km leave the main track right (726271) and drop steeply to the car park.
  You should be aware of the 'bike only' trails in this area, they are well marked.
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