Tryfan, the Glyderau and Y Garn
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Walk Route Description
Here's a slightly taxing but entertaining Snowdonia walk over the Glyderau, one for a good day when the temptation to go onto the next summit is too much to resist. The start is the roadside parking between Ogwen Cottage and the foot of Tryfan alongside the A5 where it runs close to Llyn Ogwen (Grid ref. SH 653602).
Walk up the road to the stile on the right beneath the Milestone Buttress. The path climbs to the bottom of the North Ridge where one is at liberty to make your own way up to the summit (3002ft) crowned with the sentinel rocks of Adam and Eve. Descend down the south ridge to Bwlch Tryfan where Glyder Fach's Bristly Ridge rears up.
Climb up to the base of the lower crags and up the scree to the left where numerous gullies lead up to the ridge. Scramble up onto the ridge then progress along in glorious mountain scenery. The exposure is similar to Crib Goch but the scrambling is slightly more sustained. Eventually you will come to the gash of the Great Pinnacle Gap where an airy descent is needed to cross it. From here it is more of the same to the end of the ridge, leaving you quite spectacularly on the Glyder plateau. ( Note-This ridge can be avoided by climbing up the scree slope to the left of the ridge).
Make your way to the right, past the Cantilever Stone to the summit knoll of Glyder Fach (3261ft) which gives tremendous views over Yr Wyddfa and the other ranges of Snowdonia. It is not too far to Castell y Gwynt which is skirted on the left. A clear path leads up to the summit of Glyder Fawr (3278ft).
Descend to a broad shelf, following a cairned path down a steep drop to Llyn y Cwn above the Devil's Kitchen. It looks a long climb up to Y Garn but this is only a deception, it is quite a short climb of about 800ft to the sensational top. Quite the best in the Glyderau, Y Garn is magnificent, the views and "mountain feel" are unparalleled with the secretive Cwm Clyd adding to the magical atmosphere.
It is quite a long way down the north ridge to Bwlch y Cywion then a gentle climb up the quite spongy ridge to the dramatic top of Foel Goch which has a nice exposed view down the Nant Ffrancon.
Almost double back on yourself and walk south along the escarpment, descending down the ridge marked on the maps as Y Llymllwyd making for an easy route to the bottom of Cwm Cywion where it is a boggy stretch to the old road over pathless ground. From here it is not to far down the road to Ogwen.
Note - For those with transport arrangements, this walk could be extended to include Elidir Fawr and descend to Llanberis, thus climb all the Glydrau 3000ft peaks in one long but enjoyable outing.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1088 The Traverse of the Glyder Ridge from Ogwen - hard - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 1186 Y Garn from Ogwen Cottage (Route A) - mod/hard - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 3019 Y Garn & Carnedd y Filiast from Ogwen Cottage - hard - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 3062 Pen yr Ole Wen from the Ogwen Valley - moderate - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 2417 A Glyderau trio: Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr and Tryfan - mod/hard - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 1137 Y Garn from Ogwen Cottage (Route B) - mod/hard - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 2680 A circuit of Llyn Idwal from Ogwen Cottage - easy - 2.8 miles/4.6 km
Walk 2820 Carneddau traverse from Llyn Ogwen to Bont Newydd - mod/hard - 14.0 miles/22.8 km
Walk 1150 The High Carneddau from the Ogwen Valley - hard - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 1215 Tryfan & Llyn Ogwen from the Ogwen Valley - mod/hard - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia
Inspirational guidebook to 40 great mountain day walks and scrambles in Snowdonia. Inspirational routes for all abilities across the National Park with routes up Snowdon and Moel Eilio, the Glyderau, the Carneddau, Eifionydd, Siabod and the Moelwynion, Rhinogydd (the Harlech Dome), Migneint and the Arans and Cadair Idris and the Tarrens.
Mountain Walking in Snowdonia
Guidebook to 40 of Snowdonia's best day walks, with routes up Snowdon and Tryfan, including the Snowdon Horseshoe, Cadair Idris, Y Garn and The Rhinogs. The routes range from Grade 1 scrambles like Crib Goch or Bristly Ridge, to riverside and forest walks. Includes details of a 2-day traverse of all 15 of Snowdonia's 3000ft peaks.
The End to End Trail