This is a great route which takes you into the wilds of the Rhinogydd mountains, but at the same time is a fairly level and gentle walk. The walk begins near a standing stone (we’ll also pass some on the way to the start) just about a mile above Harlech. This walk gives great views over the two rivers of Dwyryd and Glaslyn over to Snowdon as well as the nearer Rhinogydd mountains.
At the start of the walk there is the option of climbing up to the top of Moel Goedog (about 300feet) to visit the site of the Moel Goedog hill fort. The fort has been dated late Bronze Age, sometime around the early 1st millennium BC. The site is close to the prehistoric Fonlief Hir trackway, indicated by a series of standing stones of which 13 remain. This route led from Moel Goedog to the coast at the Meini Hirion, Llanbedr.
Whether we’ve walked up Moel Goedog or not we then follow a track eastward (part of the Ardudwy Way) and we follow the Ardudwy Way now for about 3 miles until we reach the next ancient site of significance – Bryn Cader Faner. But along the way there are amble opportunities to take in the views of Rhinog Fach, Rhinog Fawr, Carreg Y Saeth and Moel Ysgyfarnogod.
Bryn Cader Faner is a Bronze Age cairn, it is about 9m in diameter and there are 18 thin jagged pillars which jut upwards from the low cairn making the site look like a crown. It is thought to date back to the late third millennium BC. Unfortunately the site was disturbed by 19th century treasure-seekers, who left a hole in the center indicating the position of a cist or a grave. It is though that originally there may have been about 30 pillars, each some 2 meters (7ft) long. Just before the Second World War, the British Army removed some stones on the east side and those remaining used as target practice showing total disregard for the site. However despite all that the site is very atmospheric – Stonehenge may be bigger – but Bryn Cader Faner is just … (well you’ll just have to come on the walk).
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We then retrace our steps back along the Ardudwy Way with the option of a small diversion to a beautiful small lake – Llyn Eiddew Bach. A track from the lake in about ½mile rejoins the Ardudwy Way. Rather than following the Ardudwy Way back to the start we follow a different path to the North & West of Moel Goedog with panoramic view over Cardigan Bay and the mountains of Snowdonia (Eryri).
All in all a fantastic walk with a real feel of being away from it all and stepping back in history but without any really steep climbs.