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.
|11.5 km||825 m||4 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Pen y Pass
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
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
Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav (where applicable): LL55 4NY
LIMITED! £10 a day, £6 for 4 hours. Very early arrival advised. Park in Nant Peris for the Park and Ride.
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Y Gribin Snowdon and Y Lliwedd Scramble Route Map and GPX Download
Summits and Places on this Route
- Secret Snowdonia – Craig Fach from Pen y Pass - 0.0km
- Walk up Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach from Pen y Pass - 0.0km
- Snowdon via PYG track from Pen Y Pass - 0.0km
- Crib Goch Scramble from Pen y Pass - 0.0km
- Snowdon via The Miner’s Track From Pen y Pass - 0.0km
- Lon Gwynant Walk – Pen-y-pass to Beddgelert - 0.0km
- Welsh 3000s – Walking the Welsh 14 Peaks Challenge Guide and Map - 0.1km
- The Snowdon Horseshoe Scrambling Route - 0.1km
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Y Gribin Snowdon and Y Lliwedd Scramble Details
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.
Read the full route description on Walk up Snowdon.