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Cors-y-garnedd, Bwlch Goriwared, Rhobell Fawr, Ffridd Wnion slate mines, Gwynedd, Wales.
[12.4 km]  Wed 14 Apr 2021

OS Grid ref: SH 76632 23091
Lat/Long: 52.790937, -3.829718

Walked north up the lane to a gate where the tarmac ended and I was walking on a rough stony surface. The weather was nice and clear as I continued up to the summit of the pass Bwlch Goriwared. Through a gate into a sheepfold I followed the wall east up the hillside.
Start of my walk.

 Cadair Idrsi in the distance.

The map doesn’t show a public footpath but this seems to be the main walking route up the mountain. It was a pleasant walk with little wind. To the south were great views of Cadair idris.

Jet training. This was 1 of 4.

My main objective was the summit of Rhobell Fawr at 734m. I eventually reached the trig post on the flat summit area. The post was built of stone and of a wider diameter than the usual posts.

Extensive sheepfold.

 Rhobell Fawr at 734m.
I started my descent to the east following a wall but with no sign of a path. It was quite steep and scrambly in places and not good for a descent. There was a well surfaced forestry track at the bottom and I followed it south for a while before following a rougher track at a right fork.
Rhobell Fawr trig post.
It took me to the old slate mines at Ffrid Wnion. One of the adit tunnels was visible by the track so I climbed the fence to peer inside. I could see daylight in the distance coming from what looks like a roof fall and a hole above. By the entrance is the start of the wet path that I took to head back. Over rough ground the line of the path improved and I eventually descended to Cae-heuad and reached the road which I took back to the start of the walk.

Mine adit.
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