Walks on The Glyderau and Tryfan

By Dave Roberts   

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Walks on The Glyderau and Tryfan

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About Walks on 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.

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