Rhobell Fawr & Dduallt
by poppiesrara » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:30 am
Hewitts included on this walk: Dduallt, Rhobell Fawr
Date walked: 02/07/2011
Time taken: 3.5
Distance: 13.5 km
Ascent: 720m2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
From the road-end to the south, a solid forest road winds easily up through the conifer plantation – indeed, if short of time (or inclination!), you could perhaps even drive the first and last mile or so of this route. It’s then a really good climb up beside the wall to the summit area of Rhobell Fawr – firm going, very craggy territory for the Arenigs, and some steep little rocky faces that require half-scrambles. Good wide views from the top, even beneath a darkening sky, and altogether a very pleasant hour or so’s walking.
Dduallt, its rock top picked out white in the sunlight, looked very attractive from here. The route east across there starts off reasonably well – a very steep but manageable descent, and then (surprisingly, given expectation and some reports) a really clear waymarked, if slightly spongy, path penetrating the conifers. Things take rather a turn for worse afterwards though... the ascent of Dduallt, apparently pathless and through a sea of thick vegetation and wet bog, is a real head-down gritted-teeth slog. Rock breaks through only at the top, and it is a blessed relief to rest there before taking on the descent.
There doesn’t seem an obvious return to the start other than retracing your steps. Following the vague ridge south from the peak before cutting back to the forest corner seems to take some of the worst parts out, but it’s still pretty rough going. And in honesty, although they are sometimes decried, a leg-easing tramp down a deserted road through the forest (this, clear and open to the skies, isn’t really one of the bleaker examples) for the last half-hour or so can sometimes feel rather a relief...
For the many who haven’t been to this area, Rhobell Fawr is pretty highly-recommended and well worth a visit; Dduallt – certainly this way – perhaps a little less so...
by Red Peak » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:22 pm
The summit of Rhobell Fawr looks a nice place to be, more so than Dduallt, the ascent of which, once out of the forest, does look like a familiar 'pick your way to the summit' job. The remoteness and quietness of these two does appeal, though. I might just bump them further up the 'to-do' list
Thanks for the report, poppiesrara
by poppiesrara » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:15 pm
You've got it about right on most counts, I think, and Dduallt might well be a 'once-only' spot. Certainly nowhere near the worst terrain in north Wales though; it's far shorter and easier than Arenig Fach, for instance, among others... Couldn't really tell if the northern ('Nuttalls') route might have been better. It didn't really look like it, and you'd miss the good southern climb of Rhobell Fawr, but I guess at least you'd only be treading the rougher bits once.
Walking the Nantlle Ridge the day after was rather a reminder that this whole thing is meant to be a pleasure, not a battle, though!
by Red Peak » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:55 am
I don't know which peak you have pencilled in to be your final Welsh Hewitt, but I would suggest against Moel yr Henfaes, one of the most un-dramatic peaks I've ever been on! Certainly not the kind of peak you want as your final one to round off your challenge. I'm surprised it even qualifies as a Hewitt as there seems to be hardly any re-escent when approaching from Cadair Bronwen.
Tryfan on the other hand ...
by poppiesrara » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:07 pm
by Rekrab » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:54 pm
was just looking at our welsh Hewits map and looks like you'll be finished in maybe 4 more walks? well done!!!
I'd join you for your final welsh hewits.
by malky_c » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:58 pm