ULTIMATE TRYFAN: WALK HERE THIS WEEKEND!
If scrambling’s your thing, this well-known loop above the Ogwen Valley is an essential day out, says Martin Sweeney.
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.