Snowdonia Walking Routes in the Glyderau and Tryfan

The Glyderau mountain range in Snowdonia, lie directly opposite the Carneddau,  whose craggy Ogwen aspect draw walkers and climbers alike. Tryfan and Bristly ridge offer superb scrambling, as do the many other routes to the top of Y Garn and the Glyderau. As a contrast, the Llanberis Pass side of these mountains has little in the form of ridges to the top, instead relying on a number of slogs and scrambles. These vary from the perennial popularity of walks in Cwm Idwal and Llyn Idwal, as well as walks to the intriguingly named Devil’s Kitchen or Twll Du in Welsh meaning black hole. There are no easy walking routes up Glyder Fach or Glyder Fawr, with all the routes being rough and mountainous. Just perfect for a good mountain day’s walking.

Glyder Fawr may be the highest of the Glyderau and the third highest mountain in Wales, but Glyder Fach boasts the more interesting landmarks from Castell y Gwynt (Castle of the Winds) which is one of the most recognisable views in Snowdonia to the Cantilever Stone on Glyder Fach that’s a must do photo opportunity! Not only that, but the best route is arguably the Bochlwyd Horseshoe which scrambles up Tryfan’s North Ridge, then on to Bristly Ridge , Glyder Fach and descending via the Gribin Ridge.

The mountain peak of Tryfan is even more iconic, boasting Adam and Eve and the Cannon photo opportunities while scrambling up Tryfan North Ridge. The Heather Terrace offers an alternative route up, which is equally rewarding for those who want slightly less scrambling. There’s also Tryfan’s South Ridge, which may be the least glamorous route up Tryfan but still needs to be treated with care.

That’s not to forget the other peaks in the Glyderau. Y Garn dominates the view from Llyn Ogwen, while Elidir Fawr towers high over Llanberis. From Capel Curig, the peak visible is the even less frequented Gallt yr Ogof. The range peters off in the north with the dominating peak of Foel-goch, Mynydd Perfedd and finally Carnedd y Filiast. That’s not to begin mentioning the cymoedd and the lakes that are peppered across the range.
The Best Walks in the Glyderau.

The Bochlwyd Horseshoe – The only scrambling route that comes close to the Snowdon Horseshoe as you scramble over Tryfan’s North Ridge, Bristly Ridge and descending y Gribin..
Tryfan North Ridge – The Classic route up Tryfan.
Y Garn, Glyderau and Tryfan from Ogwen – A great circuit of the main Glyderau from Ogwen.
Tryfan Heather Terrace Scramble – An alternative scramble to the North Ridge, but not easy!
Devil’s Kitchen, Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach – A walk up the spectacular Devil’s Kitchen.
Elidir Fawr and Y Garn from Nant Peris – The gentler side of these hills.
Glyderau from Pen y Pass – A quieter route that’s worth doing if only for the views over to Snowdon.
Glyderau Traverse – Walking the glyderau in one go makes a great mountain day or weekend wild camp.

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You know the feeling. You’ve arrived at Ogwen with some mountain newbies, or those who know better and have left the crampons at home (“Well it wasn’t snowing in Surrey!”) and the mountains are wearing their full winter raiment (that’s enough Showell Styles for one post). Climbing Tryfan, for it’s more a climb than a …

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