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Rhinog Nature Reserve

Rhinog Nature Reserve

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The Rhinogydd are steep rocky mountains located to the east of Harlech; the Reserve lies at the centre of this mountain range. There are various paths across the Reserve, including two public rights of way and a network of unofficial routes leading to the summits and along skylines. It is also a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation.

The mountain slopes are a jumble of large angular rocks, enormous boulders and steep routes including steep sections and this is regarded as some of the most difficult terrain in Wales. The traditional footpaths, such as the Roman Steps, were probably originally medieval drovers’ routes.

The most popular access is via the narrow road inland from Llanbedr (south of Harlech) to the Cwm Bychan car park and from here walk along the Roman Steps for about 2.5 miles to the Reserve boundary; off the same road is Cwm Nantcol. The east side of the Reserve can be accessed at the Cwrt Forestry plantation off the A470 between Bronaber and the edge of the Coed y Brenin forest.

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Free entry

Directions

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Map reference: SH 645315  Lat: 52.86395 Long: -4.01396

The most popular access is from Llanbedr (south of Harlech on the A496); by the Victoria Inn take the narrow road inland for about 5 miles to the Cwm Bychan car park and from here walk along the Roman Steps; it is about 2.5 miles to the Reserve boundary.

Or for Cwm Nantcol, take the same road but after 0.5 mile turn right over the bridge and then immediately left for Cwm Nantcol – about another 4 miles; another mile to the Reserve boundary.

There is parking on the east side of the Reserve at the Cwrt Forestry plantation. Follow the minor road that leaves the A470 half-way between Bronaber and the edge of Coed y Brenin forest, over Pont y Grible and across 2 miles of Crawcwellt moor.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Llanbedr station

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Harlech,
LL46 2GX

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