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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

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2680★☩Circuit of Llyn Idwal easy2.80
3001★☩Tryfan North Ridge from Ogwen Valleyhard3.50
2855★☩Gallt yr Ogof & Braich y Ddeugwmmoderate4.00
1137★☩Y Garn (Route 2) from Ogwen Cottagemod/hard4.50
1186★☩Y Garnmod/hard4.50
1088★☩Glyder Ridge traversehard5.50
1215★☩Tryfan & Llyn Ogwen from Ogwen Valleymod/hard5.50
1454★☩Glyder Fawr & Glyder Fach from Pen-y-Passmod/hard5.50
3026★☩Tryfan & the Eastern Tops from Ogwen Valleyhard5.75
1453★☩Elidir Fawr, Mynydd Perfedd & Marchlyn Mawr reservoirmoderate6.00
2417★☩Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr and Tryfan from Idwal Cottagemod/hard6.50
2650★☩Tryfan, the Glyders & Y Garnvery hard8.00
3019★☩Y Garn & Carnedd y Filiast Ogwen Cottagehard8.50
1150★☩The High Carneddauhard10.00
2300★☩Glyder Fachmod/hard11.50
1074★☩The Glyders Traversevery hard12.00
3002Welsh Three-Thousanders from Pen-y-Passsevere31.50

Table of summits in the Glyders Group

5Glyder Fawr1001 / 3284Snowdonia
6Glyder Fach994 / 3261Snowdonia
13Y Garn947 / 3107Snowdonia
16Elidir Fawr924 / 3031Snowdonia
18Tryfan915 / 3002Snowdonia
49Foel-goch831 / 2726Snowdonia
54Carnedd y Filiast821 / 2694Snowdonia
58Y Foel-goch805 / 2641Snowdonia


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