Glyder Fawr & Glyder Fach via Bristly Ridge

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Oct 22

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Distance: 8.6km Ascent: 900 meters Time: 5 - 6 hours Difficulty: Hard Maximum attendance: 5

Fancy a big day out in the mountains of Snowdonia?

The Glyderau range sits just north of the Llanberis pass and the Snowdon range, and with summits similar in height to the mighty Snowdon it forms a worthy, interesting and far less crowded goal for a winter hike. Our route up will take one of the best grade 1 scrambles in the area, Bristly Ridge, a thrilling journey ‘off-path’ the route starts in the forebodingly named Sinister Gully and leads up onto the pinnacles that form the upper part of this fabulous 3 starred route.

Bristly Ridge is challenging and exposed in places, and although you don’t need technical rock climbing skills you will definitely need a head for heights, sure footedness and a sense of adventure. This route is best suited to members who have scrambled confidently before. 

Having championed the challenge of the ridge we will then get to explore the summit of Glyder Fawr and visit the improbable rock monolith of the Cantilever Stone,  before heading over to Castell y Gwynt (Castle of the Winds). The top of the mountain is fractured into a myriad of angled lichenous covered slabs which make traversing the summit challenging fun in the dry and requiring carefully foot placement in the wet.  We will then head over to the summit of Glyder Fawr, which stands at a height of 1001 meters, before descending via Devils Kitchen to return to our start point.

Please note that the event may be liable to change or cancellation due to inclement weather.

pictures taken by Andy Hewlett


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