Name:Rhobell Fawr
Hill number:2059
Height:734m / 2408ft
RHB Section:30D: Barmouth to Betws-y-Coed and Bala
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Arenigs
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
Grid ref:SH 78683 25668
Summit feature:trig point
Col:430.3m  SH 8229 2860  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL23E
Survey:obvious summit
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Parked at the end of the public road after the gate to the S on the Aran Hall school road, marked as Sheepfold on the map. Followed the tarmac forest road up through the woods, through the signed (but boggy) forest rides and the rough ascent/descent of Dduallt. Followed the usual path up/down the side of wall to the E of Rhobell Fawr. Largely sunny morning with good views particularly across to the Rhinogs and Cadair ridges. Solorichard6908/06/2024
From Lllanfachreth car park. Rhobell Fawr then out and back of Dduallt before completing circular route. (Also visited Rhobell Fawr Weat Top) Great walk but the route up and down Dduallt was very rough going. SoloDan Baddeley03/09/2023
14.6 miles 2937ft walk ,start at Llanfachreth School carpark. to Dduallt and Rhobell Fawr.stephenbuda01/07/2023
From Lllanfachreth car park. Nice path by school then rough ground to Cerniau West Top, Moel y Llan (also visited top of similar height), Cerniau (also visited top of similar height). Headed roughly NE contouring and then over to Rhobell Ganol and Rhobell-big and back to climb Rhobell Fawr and Cynefin Bryn Blew [Rhobell Fawr West Top], down ridge to rejoin outward route. Warm and sunny.RobertP27/05/2023
Drove up from South, through three gates, parked just off the tarmac where it ends at junction of forest roads: Cynefin Bryn Blew [Rhobell Fawr West Top], Rhobell Fawr and Dduallt. Claggy start which cleared for lovely clear views on a warm afternoon. Pub tea in Bala afterwards.Lazylizzie07/05/2023
9.3mile circular walk! Beautiful didnít see a soul all dayrichards437923/04/2023
By bike from Dolgellau.davechaffey17/10/2022
Parked at the top of the lane through Rhydymain at SH796232 where there is a gate and parked next to the old building. We walked up through the farm land to the forest and then turned left at SH795244 then as a path leads off the forestry track head up there over a stile and then a stream, head up the hill a little to reach a track. Headed west along the track to SH791247 then straight up along the fence over some rocks then we just made a bee line for the summit over easy ground and wow what a view from the summit, one of my favorite's! To head down we cam back to a stile at SH789258 then headed straight down via a path besides a fence right down to the forestry trackhaylesb17/09/2022
Heading south from Dduallt, I headed down towards the fence line along the forest, continue along here where they once was a forest, the fence takes a 90o right turn, follow it along and in the corner is a stile, go across this and head northwest up through the forest, this area is very boggy, unfortunately I had approach shoes which was a big mistake, there is a sign in the forest pointing left and this will eventually bring you out on a track, go left for about 500 yards and there is a path on your right, follow this up a very steep ascent over two walls, after the second wall, go left and you will find the trig point at the top, great views from up here.Descend north following the wall and head northeast towards the edge of the forest, this area is pathless and very boggy, I aimed for the edge of the forest and kept the river to my right all the way down to the original path I started on. This was a nice walk, approx. 10 miles, but very boggy even though I walked this after a longBuckleymon26/08/2022
From halfway up driveable tarmac Road on South, that says unsuitable for motor vehicles.vegibagger12/06/2022
Left the car at the end of the minor road north of Rhobell y big 78802 29243,and followed the ROW to east of summit and then the fun began mostly pathless over Rhobell y big, Rhobell Ganol, Rhobell fawr, Moel Cae'r defaid west & east top and Dduallt. A note of warning the return to the car after dropping off the last summit due north to ford the river, if this is in spate the crossing can be a difficult wide crossing with slippery stones, I got caught out and tried using the south bank to return, This is not advised instead it would probably be best to try and return through the forest near Foel Gron although this could be also be tricky. Nine and half miles in Seven and half hours(GPS suggested Five hours).WAYNE ROWLETT04/06/2022
Drove up from South, through three gates, parked just off the tarmac where it ends at junction of forest roads. No signs saying not to do so, and passing 4x4 vehicle didn't stop. Lovely 50 minutes walk to summit. Onwards to Moel Cors-y-garnedd for a nice 2 hour round trip.Minto25/05/2022
Used the southerly approach on a poor day. Drove up to road end and having climbed Y Dduallt, we ascended the lovely rough Rhobell Fawr with even a little scrambling added in. Rees10/05/2022
From SW, Llanfachreth car park. Here for the W Top; back via Moel Cors-y-garnedd.RHW05/12/2021
From the south, starting at road end gate elevation 310m. Past Caer Defaid and ascended from the south. Descended SE to forestry track, which is paved up to 420m with no apparent objection to driving it.Topographer5715/07/2021
After Moel Siabod in the morning drove round via Dolgellau to climb this from the South. Parked at 797237 before second gate. Up and down in 2 hours, thankful for the two ladder stiles over the walls.NormanW25/05/2021
Rhobell Fawr & West top from West. No reasonable parking near Tyddyn-du at the end of the minor road so parked at SH 75681 26118 Hafodowen in a parking area presumably for holiday cottage. Over stile at parking area and ROW across fields to minor road and followed past Tyddyn-du where it turns into a track leading to Bwlch Goriwared. Over stile to left just before sheepfolds and followed track to left of wall with ease to both summits, same return. 3 hour round trip and terrain easier than the map suggests, really isolated and remote feeling mountain and was treated to fog rolling off Aran, Maesglase & Cader Idris in the sunrise.jacobrichmond07/11/2020
from Rhydymain via minor road, track and east ridgeIanHHill08/10/2020
Route: Blaenau, Ffridd Wnion, Rhobell Fawr West Top, Rhobell Fawr, Afon Melau, BlaenauRobPollitt21/09/2020
#671 W-2 From Bwlch Goriwaredtim74718/09/2020
A glorious day in the southern Arenig hills. Walked over to Rhobell Fawr from Dduallt. Far reaching views in all directions. One to remember!!morgs4mountains16/09/2020
From LlanfachrethGwastadros14/09/2020
With Calebsimon and co26/08/2020
734mThe Grouse09/08/2020
From north with Neville. Super round.Nick Canute08/08/2020
Parked behind Aran Hall school, directly north to Dduallt, followed the forestry edge back to the base of Rhobell fawr (east side), up to summit and down to the south, looped back to car.andrew.morel03/08/2020
Drom Llanfachreth school parking. Up paths to bwlch track then follow wall on easy grassy terrain. Glorious sunshine, morning 1/2 MarilynN.Morters19/07/2020
Pont Fronwydd - Dduallt - Rhobell Fawr - Cerniau - Cerniau W Top - Moel y Llan - Foel Offrwm - Dolgellau.Mark Jackson30/08/2019
A morning walk around the Meirionnydd Mountains peaking at Rhobell Fawr.meltdiceburg28/07/2019
Verge P at end of public road to SW of Hill. Good track to the bwlch, then followed wall, mainly on a path (evidence of many sheep). Summit in mist - some partial weather windows. Nice hill - visited a few sub-summits.ger18/07/2019
From Cwm yr Allt Lwyd. Extremely windy on summitJamesD197215/04/2019
Cwm yr Allt-Lwyd, Rhyd y Re, Dduallt, Ty-newydd-y-mynydd, Rhobell Fawr, Nant yr Helyg, Cwm yr Allt-Lwyd.Winterfloodian29/03/2019
Park at Cwm allt y lwyd bend 788282,Rhobell y big, Rhobell ganol, Rhobell Fawr, Rhobell fawr west top descend down faint path near wall east to plantation track, down track 600m 797249 then use ride which has easy path SE to to ride going SE to Moel Caer defaid west top, Craig y Benglog. then straight walk to Ddualt cross stream at 80702 25400 ground surprisingly dry. decent from Ddualt N fenceline to ford. Old posts and mesh scattered causing trip hazardunderhill17/11/2018
13.2 mile walk from gated road south, parked in unfenced field at the side of road walked west to Ffridd Carmel farm and along grassy footpath to road north of Llanfachreth followed road to end ascending Bwlch Goriwared, short heathery climb onto Cerniau then followed nice gradual path onto Rhobell Fawr, arrived 3 minutes before the cloud did so got a quick glimpse of the view. We left summit quickly and took wrong path north when we wanted to head east, after a 20 min diversion including climbing down a rockface we descended to the forest below Dduallt, followed the clear firebreaks through to opposite side of forest and made our own rough route up to Dduallt, descended the same way but via a swamp this time back past forest (a lot has been felled) and followed good lane SW back to where we parked. Apart from the cloud coming down on Rhobell Fawr, the rest of the day was fine with high cloud, great views, saw 3 people all day, all on Rhobell Fawr.DanTrig29/09/2018
From Car Park next to Llanfachreth School - Lane to Bryn y blew - Turn left uphill and followed lane to Bwlch Goriwared then styal takes onto the open mountain. followed wall to summit and trig. Returned the same way. After a break for tea and cake in Dolgellau we returned to Pinnacle walk car park but turned the other way to explore the tracks and lanes towards Bryn y blew and Llanfachreth. An impressive quiet area.briandavies23/09/2018
With RH & PJRob Pen y Garn08/04/2018
5/7 (Carnedd lago/Cerniau/Moel Cors-y-Garnedd/Cynefin Bryn Blew(Rhobell Fawr West Top)/Rhobell Fawr/Rhobell Ganol/Rhobell-y-Big)Fergalh10/03/2018
From North crossing frozen bog in bright sunshine.willias24/02/2018
Rhobell Fawr Fell Race 1:07 up and downrhif704/11/2017
With Val. Heavy showers. From Llanfachreth.Lanes then bridleway. Wall to East of path was followed to summit. Returned same route.mike.hoult08/09/2017
With MikeVal Deisler08/09/2017
past the Aran Hall school to the sheepfold, follow the track to the right until a fingerpost y ddualt, through the gate on the left and follow the atv tracks, no signs to say you can't drive into the forestbardolph18/08/2017
Followed the route in the Nuttalls book from Cwm yr Allt-lwyd. Maybe I'm getting to be a scaredy cat in my old age but I didn't fancy the ford, even though there hadn't been any rain recently. I walked upstream a little to where the stream splits and that was much easier to do and I kept my shoes dry. The other obstacle of the day, the forest, was pretty easy. Weather was glorious so good views all around.tsharp04/06/2017
from the track follow the fence to the style and trig. on descent near rhobell y big the maps show a path. that path DOES not exisit . go back to track or as per book to descend the hillAristotle Chip26/05/2017
walk up from RhydmainNozzer30/04/2017
Exactly as David Gradwell --thanks for tip re forest.Crib Goch10/04/2017
Walked up from minor road to the north. Paths don't seem to exist much on the ground. Returned via forest track. Very wet!wozzat10/03/2017
From Llanfachreth taking row, track and path to Rhobell Fawr after diversion to Cerniau, then descended and climbed Rhobell Ganol. From there it was over rough wet ground to Rhobell-y-big before dropping down to Afon Ceirw which was crossed at the wall which neatly took that out of play. The forest tracks to outward route.SS26/12/2016
A very easy and pleasant stroll from Llanfachreth school on a nice grassy bridleway, then on the old road to Ffynnon Shon, and over various lumps and bumps to the summit. Amazingly dry going on grassy paths, with wonderful views.Gill27/11/2016