If scram­bling’s your thing, this well-known loop above the Og­wen Val­ley is an es­sen­tial day out, says Martin Sweeney.

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The Bochlwyd Horse­shoe links some of the best spots in the Gly­ders, in­clud­ing tow­er­ing Tryfan and the rocky spires of Castell Y Gwynt. The scram­bling is sus­tained through­out, start­ing with the fa­mous north ridge of Tryfan. The climb is filled with evoca­tive photo op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing ‘The Can­non’ and the bold leap be­tween the twin pil­lars of Adam and Eve.

De­scend­ing care­fully into the dip of Bwlch Tryfan, the scram­bling picks up again on the ex­posed and more com­mit­ting Bristly Ridge. The ever-chang­ing views into Og­wen, Cwm Bochlwyd and back to Tryfan are what makes this a clas­sic Grade 1 scram­ble. The ex­posed sec­tions on the ridge and pre­car­i­ous down­climb into Great Pin­na­cle Gap make this a se­ri­ous route that’s not to be un­der­es­ti­mated.

The scram­bling eases as you near the boul­der-strewn plateau of Gly­der Fach, with another photo op­por­tu­nity at the im­prob­a­bly bal­anced Can­tilever Stone. The jagged form of Castell Y Gwynt, a lit­tle fur­ther along the plateau, of­fers more easy scram­bling be­fore the de­scent via Y Gribyn.

Few other routes in the area of­fer the va­ri­ety of vis­tas and such sus­tained high­qual­ity, scram­bling through­out.

Look­ing back to Llyn Og­wen from the start of Tryfan’s North Ridge.

The Can­non Stone, Tryfan.

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