Ridge Guide: Y Lli­wedd in Snow­do­nia

While in the vicin­ity of Snow­don, take the op­por­tu­nity to rock-hop this fine ridge.

Trail (UK) - - Contents - Jeremy Ashcroft moun­taineer­ing ed­i­tor

Y Lli­wedd has a long moun­taineer­ing his­tory – its north face plays host to climbs that date back to the early days of the sport. Pi­o­neer­ing climbers were at­tracted to it be­cause of the sim­i­lar­i­ties its tow­er­ing but­tresses had to the great Alpine faces. The routes up it are long and ram­bling and have a strong moun­taineer­ing flavour. This face sets the scene for the char­ac­ter of the moun­tain and although its south face is less steep the whole moun­tain has an airy ver­ti­cal­ity to it. While not in the same tech­ni­cal league as the routes on the north face the sum­mit crest shares the same lofty sen­sa­tions, and pro­vides a rock-hop­ping ridge­line that is thor­oughly re­ward­ing to cross. It’s nor­mally climbed as a bit of an af­ter­thought to Snow­don, usu­ally as the fi­nal leg of the Snow­don horse­shoe, but this fine crest de­serves in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion and is a great trip in its own right. It makes an ideal first scram­ble as it’s rel­a­tively low in its grade, and do it from east to west to get most en­joy­ment.

The Min­ers’ Track from Peny-pass pro­vides a con­ve­nient ap­proach to Llyn Lly­daw. Be­fore the Cause­way turn left off the track and fol­low the path that climbs the steep rounded ridge to­wards Lli­wedd Bach. 1 Llyn Lly­daw For the best scram­bling stick as close to the main crest as pos­si­ble, first over East Peak and then onto West Peak. 3 The nar­row crest over Lli­wedd Bach is fol­lowed di­rectly to the sum­mit of East Peak. 2 Y LLI­WEDD A se­ries of steps and ter­races lead all the way down the north-west ridge of West Peak to the col at Bwlch Cil­iau. 4 East Peak West Peak Lli­wedd Bach Bwlch Cil­iau From Bwlch Cil­iau, Snow­don’s sum­mit can be gained ei­ther via the Watkin Path or, for a bit more scram­bling, via the south-east ridge. 5

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