Southern Snowdonia Rhinog Challenge

Two hikers walking on Snowdonia, Wales, UK
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Adventure Walks
Walking Grade: 6
from £409pp £384pp

The Rhinogs are one of Snowdonia's lesser-known wonders; a range of steep, rocky mountains to the east of Harlech. It’s no wonder they’re quiet and “overlooked”; much of the terrain is of large rocks set in deep heather, dotted with small crags and tiny lakes which spring up seemingly from nowhere. It’s the roughest, most exciting ground south of the Highlands. Our challenge is to traverse this mountain range, taking in all the major peaks. Come and enjoy this unique challenge walking from Barmouth at the southern end, to Talsarnau in the north.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on this challenge and discover the rocky Rhinogs on foot
  • Admire panoramic valley, lake and river views from slopes and peaks
  • Let a local leader bring these lesser-known gems to life
  • Enjoy magnificent Snowdonia mountainscape scenery
  • Relish in the challenge but also in the tranquillity of these quiet peaks
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea when you can meet your leader and get ready for the challenge ahead.


Distance: 13 miles (20.5km)

Total Ascent: 3,900 feet (1200m)

The southern end of the range is relatively easy work. From Barmouth we head up on old coach roads and good paths to gain the ridge proper, bagging Diffwys and Y Llethr before the last summit of the day and one of the two main tops, Rhinog Fach.


Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total Ascent: 2,600 feet (800m)

We return to the col between Rhinog Fach and its slightly bigger twin, Rhinog Fawr, and congratulate ourselves on the big breakfast and calories we’ve taken on board. The ground north of here is crossed only by faint paths so progress can be slower than normal. But it’s no race; this is fantastic country for any experienced hillwalker and we’ll savour the challenge as we follow The Roman Steps towards Llyn Eiddew-mawr and the lower hills eventually down to the coast opposite Portmeirion.


Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home. 

 


Dolserau Hall

Walkers in the know head to southern Snowdonia to uncover one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Stood in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, just a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, Dolserau Hall makes a superb base for getting off the beaten path.  The tranquillity of the location wraps around you. A smart country house with breathtaking views from every room, attractive gardens and vistas that stretch across the valley to the summit of Cadair Idris, you’re surrounded by rural inspiration. Depending on what mood strikes, explore the Rhinogs, take on a classic ridge walk with great views, set foot on the Mawddach Trail or follow the coast to Harlech, where the eponymous medieval castle stands on a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay. Croeso I Cymru, as they say around here.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of bedrooms in the converted coach house close by. With 23 rooms, Dolserau Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Enjoy the extra space of Room 1 and soak luxuriously in the tub that comes with the room, or watch the light change outside from the comfort and privacy of the sofa in front of the large picture window in Room 5.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge bar, library and board games to borrow

After a day rambling over the slopes of the Rhinogs or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Wander through the Coach House garden and admire the far-reaching views. Settle into the lounge bar and sink into the comfy leather sofas here. Grab a book or a board game and make yourself comfortable.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Dolserau Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a six-course feast of regional flavours. Look out for highlights including Cawl Cennin, a leek and potato broth, smoked haddock with Welsh rarebit and lava bread and Welsh lamb Wellington. If you’ve space, tuck into a slice of Monmouth Pudding, a great old-fashioned desert of breadcrumbs, fruit, cream and meringue

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
13 Jun - 16 Jun
3 Adventure Walk £409 £384 Save £25 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Adventure Walks
Walking Grade:
6

3 nights from £409pp £384pp

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