Crib Goch Horse­shoe

Fancy a su­perb rocky romp around Snow­don’s best bits with­out meet­ing the world and his wife? Nick Livesey leads the way.

Trail (UK) - - Snowdonia -

The Snow­don Horse­shoe is one of Bri­tain’s most ex­cit­ing ridge­walks – and an es­sen­tial day out for any­one with a pen­chant for ex­posed po­si­tions and su­perla­tive, his­tor­i­cal moun­tain scenery.

Un­for­tu­nately, routes of such qual­ity some­times come at the price of min­gling with le­gions of fel­low hu­mans which, for many, can de­tract from the out­door ex­pe­ri­ence. Nowhere is this truer than on Snow­don, a moun­tain of great beauty and char­ac­ter but one which can often re­sem­ble Pic­cadilly Cir­cus at rush hour.

This route takes in the most memorable sec­tions of the clas­sic ‘horse­shoe’ round but cun­ningly swerves the ri­otous melee on the heav­ing roof of Wales. Crowd avoid­ance, how­ever, is only one of the myr­iad treats in­store for those will­ing to take an un­con­ven­tional ap­proach to Snowdonia’s most revered ridge tra­verse.

The Cwm Glas Horse­shoe vis­its a se­cluded and truly awe-in­spir­ing up­land sanc­tu­ary be­fore gain­ing Crib Goch’s knife edged arête via the equally sharp but rel­a­tively undis­cov­ered North Ridge.

Af­ter the fun and games lead­ing to Wales’ sec­ond high­est peak (Garnedd Ugain) a de­scent fol­low­ing the Cyrn Las ridge af­fords stun­ning ret­ro­spec­tive views of your day’s jour­ney; a memorable end to a memorable day.

Look­ing over to Snow­don from the Crib Goch Pin­na­cles.

Toil­ing up the screes above Cwm Uchaf en route to Crib Goch's North Ridge.

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