Rhinog Fach and Rhinog Fawr are the principle summits in this part of Snowdonia. It’s a marvelous area with the sea in one direction and the Arenigs behind. The walking is limited – you climb Fach, Fawr, Y Llethr and Moelfre – but that’s not the point of coming here. For me it’s a holiday place. A place I return to frequently which is comfortable and familiar and refreshing. I like the beach, the coastal drive between Harlech and Barmouth, the camp site, the Cwm Bychan and Cwm Nantcol valleys, the pubs where I eat.
I don’t understand why it’s not popular. It’s a little distant and remote, but then so is Wasdale which is busy in good weather. Possibly it’s the character of the hills. The Rhinogs are not so distinctive as Cadair Idris, Cnicht, or Snowdon. Wasdale has Great Gable, Pillar, and the Scafells.
It’s the situation of the Rhinogs which makes this place special. The word ‘Rhinog’ relates to the idea of threshold which is very fitting. Come here, away from the world, back in time amidst this ancient rock. Gaze at the sea and expand as you do so. The sliver of distant sand is Harlech beach.
Wednesday September 28, 2016