This is undoubtedly one of the classic routes in Snowdonia. While many will do this with two cars, or even the ‘double’, the more elegant and pleasing option is to return via Cwm Pennant. This route descends via Cwm Dwyfor, but it is also possible to descend Cwm Braich y Dinas or Cwm Cipwrth, though the route isn’t clear on the map. I always look forward to the Nantlle Ridge.
It surprises me every time. When you think you know the ridge, then you find another aspect to it. Today, the scramble over Drws Y Coed felt like the first time across, and the descent took me to a forgotten valley and strange new aspects to familiar mountains.
Distance, Ascent and Time 22.5KM, 720m, 7 hrs
Difficulties Steep, loose ascents. Sections of Grade 1 scrambling. Navigation over pathless sections.
Start / End Rhyd Ddu
Facilities Pub with excellent ales in Rhyd Ddu.
Public Transport Sherpa Buses and WHR to Rhyd Ddu.