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Y Gribin Snowdon and Y Lliwedd Scramble

By Dave Roberts   

on July 22, 2012    No ratings yet.

Y Gribin Snowdon and Y Lliwedd Scramble

Further Details

Route Summary:

An interesting, short Grade 1 scramble to avoid the crowds on Snowdon. The photographs we’ve taken were on the day of the Snowdon Race – so speak for themselves.

Route Start Location: Pen y Pass

11.52 km 818 m 4 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Hard Walk, Scrambling, Scrambling Grade 1

Summits and Places on this Route


There’s a good cafe at Pen y Pass these days, as well as public toilets in the same block. Over the road you’ll find Mallory’s Bar in the Pen y Pass Youth Hostel.


Sections of steep scrambling and exposure

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : LL55 4NY

LIMITED! £10 a day, £6 for 4 hours. Very early arrival advised. Park in Nant Peris for the Park and Ride.

Public Transport:

Sherpa Buses from Llanberis, Betws-y-Coed, Beddgelert, Caernarfon and Porthmadog stop at Pen y Pass at varying frequencies. Check out the Snowdon Sherpa page on Walk up Snowdon for the latest Snowdon Sherpa rundown.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Y Gribin Snowdon and Y Lliwedd Scramble Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Y Gribin Snowdon and Y Lliwedd Scramble

Y Gribin on Snowdon is a short, steep scramble from Glaslyn towards Bwlch y Saethau between Yr Wyddfa and Y Lliwedd and provides an equally good route for the ascent of either. If you want a short day’s scrambling, and want to avoid the crowds on Crib Goch then this route is a great option. However, this isn’t a route if you’re not confident in both your navigational and scrambling abilities as while there’s an intermittent path the scrambling route isn’t always immediately obvious. Allow about five hours in order to really enjoy the route.

On what was probably the finest and busiest Saturday this year, taking the excellent scramble up Y Gribin to Lliwedd, we saw only one other person and hardly many more on Lliwedd.

The Route

Read the full route description on Walk up Snowdon.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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