Rhobell Fawr

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Rhobell Fawr
Rhobell Fawr summit.JPG
The summit of Rhobell Fawr
Highest point
Elevation734 m (2,408 ft)
Prominence309 m (1,014 ft)
Parent peakArenig Fawr
ListingMarilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall
Coordinates52°48′50″N 3°48′07″W / 52.814°N 3.802°W / 52.814; -3.802Coordinates: 52°48′50″N 3°48′07″W / 52.814°N 3.802°W / 52.814; -3.802
PronunciationWelsh: [ˈr̥ɔbɛɬ ˈvaur]
LocationGwynedd, Wales
Parent rangeSnowdonia
OS gridSH786256
Topo mapOS Landranger 124
Listed summits of Rhobell Fawr
Name Grid ref Height Status
Dduallt 662 m (2,172 ft) Hewitt, Nuttall

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Name Rhobell Ganol Height=521 m (1,709 ft) Status=TuMP

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Name Rhobell-y-big Height=504 m (1,654nbsp;ft) Status=Dodd (hill), Dewey (hill)

Rhobell Fawr is an extinct volcano [1] in the Arenig range within the Snowdonia National Park.

Despite its modest height of 734 m (2,408 feet), it is a mountain with views of higher peaks all around, including the north face of Cadair Idris and distant Snowdon.

The paths are not well trodden, but there is a distinct path up from Bwlch Goriwared, a couple of miles north-north-east of the small village of Llanfachreth. From the pass (SH764246) a ladder-stile crosses a wall beside some sheep-folds on the eastern side of the track. A path follows a wall eastwards for a little more than 2 miles to the summit. The walk can easily be done, there and back from Llanfachreth, in 4 hours, given good weather, and provided you are used to the British mountains and reasonably fit.

A more arduous ascent is a circuit starting at Cwm yr Allt-lwyd. A good path crosses the infant Afon Mawddach, a switchback rises high above the river and then drops to ford it, from where a fence is followed to the neighbouring summit of Dduallt. From there, descend to the forest, which is entered at a corner (SH804259). The forest is extremely dense, but soon a firebreak is reached and this is followed until a forestry track is seen at the edge of the forest (SH797250). Follow this track south-west to a wall (SH792247), turn right and stay by the wall all the way to the summit. The descent is arduous and involves much struggling through heather and bog until finally a path is picked up. The whole walk should take about six hours.[2]


  1. ^ "North West Wales Outdoors: Snowdon". BBC. 2002. Archived from the original on 2006-10-16.
  2. ^ Nuttall, John & Anne (1999). The Mountains of England & Wales - Volume 1: Wales (2nd edition ed.). Milnthorpe, Cumbria: Cicerone. ISBN 1-85284-304-7.

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