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    Diffwys Walk

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    10.1 km
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    534 m
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    Diffwys Walk

    Diffwys is one of the southernmost peaks in the Rhinogydd range, heralded throughout the UK for their rugged beauty. This walk from the south offers a straightforward approach up the Braich Ridge, which brings you to a scenic stretch of mountaintop traversing offering incredible views out to the coastline of Wales. Compared to many of its Rhinogydd neighbours, Diffwys is plenty accessible.

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    Route Description for Diffwys Walk

    From the car park, set off on a fairly well-trod packhorse track to the north. Ignore the similar track angling almost directly west to Bwlch y Rhiwgyr. The track will pass through several stone walls, then open onto fields, where vehicle use on the track might be spotted. Continue to ascend until you reach the foot of the steep Braich Ridge. The path will veer left here, to eventually loop back around; you can follow this, but it’s much shorter to just approach this section head on and hike straight up to the top of the ridge.

    Once you’re at the high point, it’s a simple matter of walking a relatively flat ridge to the summit of Diffwys. Turn right to walk your way to the Diffwys West Top, the shorter sister of Diffwys. Continue onward, with the ridge line angling to the north as you approach Diffwys. Take care to stay on the left shoulder of the ridge - the right side drops off very steeply. A ladder stile brings you over a wall and onto the summit, with incredible views of the coast to the southwest. Descend and return the way you came to complete the walk.

    Getting to the Diffwys Walk Trailhead

    To start this Diffwys walk, head north from the settlement of Bontddu along a narrow country lane which branches off the A496 just east of the Afon Cwm Llechen river. Follow this road as it heads north then curves west until it terminates in a small car park at Banc y Fran.

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      Yes - On Leash

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      Out and back

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