Looking back now, I think my decision was the right one. It did continue to rain heavily for the rest of the week and with gale force winds it would have been a very “!bracing” experience. What’s more with snow over the mountains, my planned route would not have been possible.
Nevertheless, I look forward to returning sometime in the future to complete this excellent route. But, not at the beginning of April after record snowfall across the south of the country!
The route I followed started following the path taken by the official route heading NW out of Abergynolwyn, before turning to the east to follow a very quiet back road. It was cold but peaceful and in time spent on this road I saw one car, a family out for a walk and two young lads arguing with each other in Welsh as they hurtled down the road on their bikes!
Leaving the back road, I speed walked a short section of the main road, before turning to the N to follow a path through the woods.
The sun was out again and at a quite turning, I took a break and spread out my gear to dry things out while I ate lunch.
The route then heads along the hillside paralleling the road, along Cwm Rhwyddfor before re-joining it for a very short section. This did not look a lot of fun, but thankfully a permissive path (not marked on the map) is in place along the roadside just to the north of Bwlch-Llyn Bach. This meant only a couple of 100m road walking along the busy route was needed before taking NW to pick up another footpath that linked with the descent route of stage 1B which I followed into Dolgellau.
As I approached the town, I scanned the map for a place to stealth camp, but I could not see anything promising that I would be able to reach before dark. Checking my phone, I had a signal, so I checked the weather and the forecast looked bleak, heavy rain, followed by light rain for the next few days. Add in some wind and it looked like it was going to be a bit damp.
I decided to check the guidebook accommodation list and it showed a promising looking campsite for the night. What’s more it had camping pods, so I decided to splash the cash and spend the night glamping.