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Glyders & Tryfan
Walking Guide and Walks

The Glyderau (Glyders in English) is a range of mountains in the Snowdonia National Park. The range includes five of Wales' summits over 3000 feet - Tryfan, Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach, Elidir Fawr, Y Garn and Tryfan. Together these mountains provide excellent walking with most routes starting to the east in the Ogwen Valley. However, it must be remembered that some scrambling is required to access Tryfan's summit.

In addition to the mountain summits, dramatic Cwm Idwal is worth a visit. It is here that the rocky cleft known as Twll Du (Devil's Kitchen) can be found providing access onto the mountain ridge. Other highlights include the rock formations of the Castle of the Winds (Castell y Gwynt), views across to the Snowdon massif and the Carneddau Mountains.

Tryfan is an iconic mountain and it attracts many walkers and climbers each year. However, it does offer challenges especially to those with little mountain experience. However, with care and some basic preparation it can be enjoyed by most well-equipped walkers except when covered in snow and ice.

List of walks

★ GPS file available   ☩ Route profile

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2680★☩A circuit of Llyn Idwal from Ogwen Cottage easy2.80
3001★☩Tryfan by the North Ridge from Ogwen Valleyhard3.50
2855★☩Gallt yr Ogof & Braich y Ddeugwmmoderate4.00
1137★☩Y Garn from Ogwen Cottage (Route B)mod/hard4.50
1186★☩Y Garn from Ogwen Cottage (Route A)mod/hard4.50
1088★☩The Traverse of the Glyder Ridge from Ogwenhard5.50
1215★☩Tryfan & Llyn Ogwen from the Ogwen Valleymod/hard5.50
1454★☩Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach from Pen-y-Passmod/hard5.50
3026★☩Tryfan & the Eastern Tops from the Ogwen Valleyhard5.75
1453★☩Elidir Fawr, Mynydd Perfedd & Marchlyn Mawr reservoirmoderate6.00
2417★☩A Glyderau trio: Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr and Tryfan mod/hard6.50
2650★☩Tryfan, the Glyderau and Y Garnvery hard8.00
3019★☩Y Garn & Carnedd y Filiast from Ogwen Cottagehard8.50
1150★☩The High Carneddau from the Ogwen Valleyhard10.00
2300★☩Glyder Fach from Capel Curigmod/hard11.50
1074★☩The Glyder Traversevery hard12.00
3002The Welsh Three-Thousanderssevere31.50

 
Table of summits in the Glyders Group

RankMountainMetresLocation
5Glyder Fawr1001Snowdonia
6Glyder Fach994Snowdonia
13Y Garn947Snowdonia
16Elidir Fawr924Snowdonia
18Tryfan915Snowdonia
49Foel-goch831Snowdonia
54Carnedd y Filiast821Snowdonia
58Y Foel-goch805Snowdonia

 
Map showing main paths and starting points.

Map of Glyders walks

 

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