Ridge Guide: Sen­tries’ Ridge, Snow­do­nia

By­pass Snow­do­nia’s big hit­ters for some Alpine-es­que ad­ven­ture...

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

It’s easy to see why the Og­wen Val­ley and Llan­beris Pass get all the at­ten­tion. Not only do they hold all the 3000ft moun­tains in Wales, but they are also graced with a stel­lar ar­ray of cliffs. You could spend a life­time of ad­ven­ture around these two val­leys and not get bored. So it might be a bit of a sur­prise to dis­cover that one of Snow­do­nia’s great­est scram­bles lays out­side their in­flu­ence!

Sen­tries’ Ridge is quite the sur­prise. A whop­per of a ridge at nearly 500m in length, on a host moun­tain (Mynydd Mawr) of modest height and off the beaten track, it’s alpine in at­mos­phere and with con­sis­tent scram­bling from start to fin­ish pro­vides a big day out. The scram­bling is con­sis­tent with the grade, with no ma­jor shocks in terms of tech­ni­cal­ity for ex­pe­ri­enced scram­blers. You will, how­ever, have to be happy with ex­po­sure and have your ‘moun­tain head’ tuned in at all times, as some of the rock is shat­tered and needs treat­ing with care. If you ever want a good train­ing route for the Alps, look no fur­ther!

In places the ridge re­quires an ‘astride’ pos­ture, known in alpine cir­cles as a cheval – lit­er­ally, ‘on a horse.’

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