Yeah Pont Scethin a good choice, the long loop out into the countryside at NyA is great too. But if you don’t enjoy remote bridleways and farm tracks don’t bother! There are some really fun sections out in the middle of nowhere, I loved it!
Yep. Nant has a nice natural feel to it and feels properly wild in places. Its not that near barmouth though. You can access the same area from Machynlleth via the 3 Mach trails. Also natural and wild. Dyfi forest is worth an explore too
I know you mentioned ‘not’ Cadair but have you done it starting from Barmouth? It was a meaty day out for us but you head up past the Blue Lake and over the hills south of Fairbourne past Nant Caw BEFORE attempting Cadair.
Partway back down Cadair then we returned on a loop that included a little cheeky pushing back along a ridge NW of Trawsfynydd hill and back down to Fairbourne/Barmouth. Don’t have a gpx as it was paper maps but options were fairly obvious on 1/25k.