Rhobell Fawr & Dduallt
Rhobell Fawr is one of the many hills people drive past on their way to Snowdonia without realising that there are in fact some pretty stunning hikes to be done in Mid Wales as well. The advantage of course is that because people flock to Snowdon or Tryfan, walks on the periphery of the National Park like this one are guaranteed to be quiet: in all we saw only 3 other groups all day (and on a bank holiday weekend!).
The route Hollie and I took started from Llanfachreth, and soon reached the summit of Rhobell Fawr. From there we had some amazing 360° views, including the Aran Ridge, Cadair Idris, Barmouth Estuary, the Rhinogs, and the rest of Snowdonia. Off the summit, we headed down through a conifer plantation to the next peak, Dduallt. Although a smaller hill the views were nonetheless just as impressive, and well worth the extra diversion. By the time we had returned to Llanfachreth we were both pretty tired out – 20 km is a long way to walk when out of practice!