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Graigddu-Isaf Route

 
Graigddu-Isaf Route

Page Type: Route

Location: Snowdonia, Wales, Europe

Lat/Lon: 52.84073°N / 3.99508°W

Object Title: Graigddu-Isaf Route

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Just hiking

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Page By: Nanuls

Created/Edited: Aug 6, 2009 / Apr 15, 2011

Object ID: 537782

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Overview


There are many hikeable routes that weave their way to the summit of Rhinog Fawr; all of which take place among subtly beautiful scenery, and better yet, all of which are free from the crowds that plague Snowdonia’s more popular areas. This particular route is perhaps the easiest to access, as it does not require the long drive around to the Rhinog Range’s less accessible western side. It throws in a little more variety than the mountain’s other routes too, beginning in the coniferous forest at Graigddu-Isaf, following a waterfall studded stream up the range’s fore-slopes, and then opening up onto the heather clad slopes of Rhinog Fawr itself. And by doing so, neatly shows off the best this little mountain has to offer.

Getting There

The start of the approach is located in part of Coed-y-Brenin Forest at the Graigddu-Isaf (SH 680 300) car park on the eastern side of Rhinog Fawr. To get there turn off the A470 at a very small junction (SH SH 711 307) just south of Bronaber. The junction is small and easily missed, extenuated by the fact that the road has numerous similar small exits, is very straight, and consequently, very fast. On turning off you’ll be immediately greeted by a gate across the road, go through this making sure you close the gate behind you. Drive along the road for around 3km until it terminates at the car park, just inside the forest.

Rhinogydd
The northern Rhinogydd
(Photo by Nanuls)
LLyn Du
Llyn Du
(Photo by Nanuls)
Glowyn Lyn
Glowyn Lyn
(Photo by Nanuls)

Route Description

 
Pistyll Gwyn
Pistyll Gwyn (Photo by Nanuls)

Leave the car park along the forestry track that continues the natural course of the road westward. After a couple of minutes walking you will be diverted off the track along a wet, vegetated, and winding path through felled trees. The deepest gullies have had plastic pipes placed in them which can be used as ‘stepping stones’. Providing you manage to reach the other side without succumbing to the bog, you will exit onto a forestry track that fronts Graigddu-Isaf Farm (SH 680 300). Turn left and walk along the track in a southerly direction. After a few hundred metres, you will rwach the junction for Bwlch Tyddiad. Here there is a sign post, one sign points up a small path to Bwlch Tyddiad and the Roman Steps, the other points along the track you are already on, towards Bwlch Drws Ardudwy and Cwm Nantcol.

Leave the forestry track and take the path towards Bwlch Tyddiad. The path generally follows the course of Nant Llyn-du, and in places can get quite boggy. These wet patches can however, be easily bypassed by making short detours into the better drained surrounding forest. After around a kilometre and a half the path exits the forest and the bulk of Rhinog Fawr comes into view. Continue along the path to where it meets a low stone (SH 660 299). Here the path splits with one branch continuing to Bwlch Tyddiad, while the other goes in a southerly direction, up a steepening slope to Llyn Du (SH 655 294). Take the path to Llyn Du which will be reached in no more than 15 minutes.
Rhinog Fawr
Rhinog Fawr
(Photo by Nanuls)
Rhinog Fach
Rhinog Fach
(Photo by Nanuls)
Y Garn
Y Garn
(Photo by Nanuls)


Skirt around the northern shore of Llyn Du, hopping and scrambling over the boulders which tumble from the crags above, to the lake’s waters below. On reaching the far side of the lake, follow a path to a stone wall which runs in a serpentine course from north to south (SH 653 294). Another path follows the course of the wall, follow this south until you reach a junction (SH 652 291). Take the new path eastwards, along an undulating terrace to the point where the terrace narrows and ends. To the south-east, the slope steepens and the path splits into a number of independent braids. Take any of these, and climb steeply up scree and heather. Soon the slope eases and standing just a few hundred metres before you is the summit trig point of Rhinog Fawr (SH 652 291).

Essential Gear

You will need all the paraphernalia associated with hillwalking in Wales: full waterproofs, fleece, hat, gloves, map, compass and of course some lunch.

Maps

Open Space Web-Map builder Code
Navigation Maps

OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL 18 Harlech, Porthmadog & Bala/Y Bala
OS 1:50k Landranger Series 124 Porthmadog & Dolgellau

Road Maps

OS Travel Map Great Britain 2009
OS Road Map 6 Wales/Cymru & West Midlands

Guidebooks

Snowdonia (Official National Park Guide) Snowdonia (Official National Park Guide) by Merfyn Williams with contributions from Ian Mercer and Jeremy Moore

A handy book full of useful information and interesting facts about the National Park.
The Mountains of England and Wales: Vol 1 Wales The Mountains of England and Wales: Vol 1 Wales by John and Ann Nuttall

A classic book covering the Welsh ‘Nuttalls’, which obviously include the Rhinogydd.
Hillwalking in Wales Vol 2 Hillwalking in Wales Vol 2 by Peter Hermon

The second of two guidebooks describing walking routes up every 2000-footer in Wales – covers the Moelwyns to the Tarrenydd.
Hillwalking in Snowdonia Hillwalking in Snowdonia by Steve Ashton

A guidebook to nearly 70 hillwalking routes throughout Snowdonia, including the Rhinogydd.

External Links

 
Graigddu-Isaf
Graigddu-Isaf path (Photo by Nanuls)

General

Snowdonia National Park Authority
Council for National Parks
Association of National Park Authorities
Conwy County Council
Gwynedd County Council
Powys County Council
Welsh Tourist Board
Mid Wales Tourism Partnership
Snowdonia Society
Local Information from Gwynedd.com
Local Information from Snowdonia Wales Net
North Wales Index
Snowdonia-Active.com
Countryside Council for Wales
Craig yr Aderyn Special Protection Area Core Management Plan and Unit Map
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
The National Trust
CADW
Royal Commission on Ancient & Historical Monuments in Wales
Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
British Mountaineering Council
The Climbers Club
Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre
Hightreck Snowdonia

Weather

Mountain Weather Wales
Weather from the Met Office
Weather Channel UK

Travel

Welsh Public Transport Information
Uk Train Timetable

Accommodation

Youth Hostel Association in Wales

Maps and Guidebooks

Ordnance Survey
Harvey Map Services
Cicerone Guidebooks
Climbers Club Guidebooks

Welsh Language

Welsh Language Board
Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg Welsh language pressure group
Cymuned Welsh language pressure group
Yr Urdd (Welsh Youth Association)
Welsh-English / English-Welsh online translator
Welsh-English / English-Welsh Online Dictionary
Welsh-English / English-Welsh Online Lexicon

Images

Rhinog Fawr