Ridge Guide: Sentries’ Ridge, Snowdonia
Bypass Snowdonia’s big hitters for some Alpine-esque adventure...
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.’