This area is ecologically important. It’s a delightful place with a variety of grasses and wild flowers. When you cross here it’s wet and boggy. There is a path to follow but your feet get wet regardless. I like pictures like this. It’s very simple and very effective. The drama lies with the photographic detail not with the scenery as such. The colours and textures of the grass are part of it. The grass contrasts with the hard rock. The rock imposes from the background of the lovely sombre sky. The light on the rock adds a finishing touch. The climb to Rhinog Fawr is on the left. Rhinog Fach is to the right. Take your pick. You could combine the two or traverse both as part of a longer backpacking walk. I’d like to do that some time.

The Rhinogs are a connoisseur area of Snowdonia. I had to walk Fach to understand this. Rhinog Fawr is very different and I did it a few times before Fach. There are camp sites at Cwm Bychan and Cwm Nantcol which are the access valleys. “Wherever human beings move in the terrain, certain paths form out of habit, and these beaten paths prove to be much more convenient means of connection than the pathless spaces in between (Human Space, Otto Bollnow). We make places on the land. We do it in the valleys where we live, in the hills where we walk, in imagination which is everywhere.


Mountains of Wales: Rhinog Valleys

Saturday December 20, 2014