Snowdonia

Trail (UK) - - Snowdonia -

1 SH623569 From any of the lay-bys be­low Car­reg Was­tad fol­low the road to the most west­erly (and new­est) of two bridges that span the Afon Nant Peris. Cross the bridge and al­most im­me­di­ately turn right over an­other to gain a path which rises to a wall and stile. Carry on up­wards to en­ter Cwm Glas Mawr pass­ing be­tween two huge boul­ders on the way. The path crosses the stream and be­fore long the go­ing steep­ens and be­comes rough un­der foot. The way into the up­per cwms doesn’t stray too far from the left-hand side of the stream but the route al­lows some vari­a­tion and some easy scram­bling.

SH615557 Once out 2 of the rough stuff turn left and fol­low a faint path to beau­ti­ful Llyn Glas. From the llyn’s out­flow, mount the high ground which forms a shelf above Cwm Glas Mawr and make your way to the foot of the scree which tum­bles from the start of Crib Goch’s North Ridge to tackle the short grind up the very steep and slip­pery path to the start of the ridge.

SH624555 The ridge 3 is fairly wide to be­gin with and gains height steadily through­out its course. Be­fore long it nar­rows into a fine arête of shat­tered rock with paths avoid­ing the ex­po­sure of the crest on the right-hand (western) side. Near­ing the top, hands will need to be taken out of pock­ets where a notch in the ridge has to be ne­go­ti­ated. A short scram­ble out of the notch over quartz blocks will land you on eas­ier ground a few me­tres short of Crib Goch’s east top.

SH625552 A 4 spa­cious plat­form marks the east top (Crib Goch’s true sum­mit lies half­way along the ridge) and this is a good place to gather your­self and drink in one of the most pow­er­ful views in the Bri­tish moun­tains. The con­fi­dent will stride across the knife edged arête while the timid will drop down a few feet and then use the crest for hand­holds. Most will em­ploy a com­bi­na­tion of both tech­niques un­til their ar­rival at the pin­na­cles, the first two of which can be avoided on the left or climbed on big solid holds. The third pin­na­cle is more prob­lem­atic to by­pass and is usu­ally climbed us­ing a right­ward slant­ing stair­case. Down­climb a cou­ple of short steps to reach the grassy haven of Bwlch Coch.

SH621551 From the 5 bwlch there fol­lows 1km of the most su­perb ridge walk­ing and scram­bling on Crib y Ddysgl. The ridge is made up of easy walk­ing sec­tions punc­tu­ated with rock steps which can be taken di­rect or by de­vi­ous routes fol­low­ing ob­vi­ous weak­nesses show­ing the pas­sage of many feet. Flank­ing paths on the left can lead to dead ends so stick­ing to the rock is the way to go. The bald sum­mit of Garnedd Ugain is adorned with a trig point which has seen bet­ter days and ex­hibits a

tremen­dous view of Snow­don’s Clog­wyn y Garnedd face.

SH610551 From 6 Garnedd Ugain head north-west for 100 me­tres and pick up the path which hugs the rim of Cwm Glas. The views are spec­tac­u­lar and you can trace your ex­pe­di­tion along the sky­line of ridges across the cwm. The go­ing is easy un­til a steep, rocky nose drops off on three sides. Care­fully de­scend a gully sys­tem to re­gain the grassy ridge which can be de­scended at leisure. Af­ter about 500 me­tres and once past the fi­nal band of steep crags on the right re-join the path near the stone wall and re­trace your steps to the start.

Cross­ing the sec­ond bridge at Point 1.

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