Tryfan North Ridge Scramble

This is a route of contrasts. Start off by ascending the longest sustained scramble in the area (wth a down scramble to boot) before ending the day in a more sedate manner by stopping off at the Glyderau’s two main lakes of Llyn Bochlwyd and Llyn Idwal.
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The Route in full on Mud and Routes

Pony Path up Cadair Idris

Cadair Idris is traditionally regarded as the highest peak south of Snowdon, albeit a good 12 metres lower than it’s less illustrious neighbour, Aran Fawddwy. This is a brief account of the Pony Track up Cadair Idris, which is the easiest track. However, I’ll start by suggesting quite strongly that if you are going to do one route up, that it should be the Minffordd Path as opposed to this one. Although, the views of the Cyfrwy Arete are one major point in its favour. Finally, for the record, Cadair Idris is the name of the mountain while the actual summit is called Penygadair.
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Route Description in full on Mud and Routes

Tal y Fan from Llanfairfechan

Here’s yet another route to the summit of Tal y Fan!

I don’t think I’ve followed the same route twice to the top, and here’s yet another one. Llanfairfechan makes a wonderfully different starting point for the Carneddau, starting off in a picturesque wooded valley and following a well marked path to the roman road.

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The full route is on Mud and Routes.

Capel Curig to Betws y Coed via Sarn Helen

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Distance, Ascent and Time 24km, 700m, 7 hours

OS Map Required Explorer 017 & Explorer 018BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties Distance

Start / End Capel Curig

Facilities WC/Pub  both ends, plus shop in Capel Curig

Public Transport Some Sherpa buses.

This is quite a long route starting in Capel Curig before following disused byways over to Dolwyddelan and possibly a pint (was shut today). Then along the Afon Lledr before starting to climb again by following the Sarn Helen Roman road past the settlement of Rhiwddolion and Betws Y Coed. The final section is again following a river, the Llugwy, along a narrow path high above the river and past the Swallow Falls. A final section of forestry walking brings you uphill again with magnificent views towards Siabod and Yr Wyddfa to finish the day off.

Full route on Mud and Routes

Cadair Idris from Minffordd

Download the GPX File for your GPS device here

OS Map Required-  OS Explorer 23Landranger 124BMC Snowdonia South

Difficulties Distance, ascent and routefinding.

The Route

The full route is on the Snowdonia National Park website here. The route shown above outlines an alternative descent to that shown on their site and requires some fine navigaional skills in mist to find. If in any doubt, descend by the same route.



Rhinogydd from Llandecwyn to Talybont

Hotels in Snowdonia / Wales
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Distance, Ascent and Time 22.5km, 1180m and 8 hours

OS Map Required Explorer 018Landranger 124BMC Snowdonia South

Difficulties Route finding.

Start / End Car Park Cwm Nantcol SH615258

Facilities Parking.

Public Transport None

The Route in full on Mud and Routes.


Walk up Lliwedd from Nant Gwynant

If you want to avoid the crowds for most of your walk, then this is one of the least obvious routes to Lliwedd and possibly on to Snowdon.

Starting off on the Watkin path with the hordes, you’ll soon be leaving them behind, probably shaking their heads at you as you’re clearly going the wrong way. You need to follow the Watkin Path from Nant Gwynant, initially through the woodland and then on the wide easy track that curves around on iself and into the lower reaches of Cwm Llan. The waterfalls are what we’re aiming for, and you can reach them most easily from the gate and down the wall at SH622 516.[osmap gpx=”” style=”width:600px; height:400px; border:1px solid gray; margin-right:20px; float:left;”]

Route Start  Pen y Pass OS Map Required Public Transport Sherpa buses plentiful. Parking extortionate – £10 a day
Route End  Pen y Pass Difficulties? Zig Zags are an accident blackspot when iced. Facilities Cafe, parking WC.

The Route Up in Full on Walk up Snowdon

Across the Rhinogydd – Rhinog Fawr and Llyn Du.

Anyone who’s heard of these will know how wild and rugged they are. If you haven’t, then you need to realise that they’re a range of hills that stretch from the Vale of Ffestiniog in the north, to the Mawddach in the south without being breached once by a road. There are two rough and ancient passes that cross these hills, neither of which is more than a path. They are also boggy and rocky in places, and you’d struggle to take anything more than boots on them.

Stray off the paths and you’re in serious terrain. Where there’s no boulders there’s heather, where there’s no heather there’s bogs; usually a malicious mixture of all three. I’ve mentioned before that the Rhinog Kilometer is worth two elsewhere, if not three. Couple that with strangely dipping strata and stone pavements typical of the Rhinogydd, and you’re in a region of mountain that is completely distinctive and unique. You could be dropped off in the middle of them, and while you’d be lost, you’d have no doubt that you were in the middle of the wildest, baddest, meanest terrain Snowdonia can throw at you. Add hill fog and you’ve got a real interesting day.

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Distance, Ascent and Time 22.5km, 720m ascent, 8 hours

OS Map Required Explorer 018Landranger 124BMC Snowdonia South

Difficulties Very complex terrain, scrambling.

Start / End Bronaber nr Trawsfynydd to Llanbedr

Facilities Nothing. Shops and Pubs in Llanbedr.

Public Transport X32 to Bronaber, railway and bus services from Llanbedr

The Full Route is on Mud and Routes.

Carneddau Traverse – Conwy to Capel Curig

There’s nothing more satisfying than a decent traverse of an entire mountain range. This walk takes you loosely from Conwy over the Carneddau and down to Capel Curig.

Navigation can be tricky in some places, and you’ll certainly need to be able to take and walk on a bearing if the mists come down.

All in all, a satisfying day or two in the hills!

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Distance, Ascent and Time 30km, 1800m, 12 hours

OS Map Required Explorer 017BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties Navigation on pathless sections and high Carneddau. Some difficult downclimbing with packs.

Start / End  Aber to Trefriw

Facilities Cafe at Aber and Trefriw. Shop in Trefriw

Public Transport Sherpa Buses to Llanberis and Betws y Coed.

The Route 

In full on Mud and Routes.