Glyder Fach plays host to some of the finest scrambles in North Wales. Best known is the Bristly Ridge, a classic grade 1 which rises up from the col on the south side of the neighbouring Tryfan. The initial gully is quite tricky but once on the ridge the difficulties ease slightly, although the positions are often spectacular.
The sprawling main cliff of Glyder Fach offers several excellent scrambles including the atmospheric Main Gully (grade 1+), plus a series of harder routes. Dolmen Ridge (grade 3), Chasm Face Route (grade 3+), East Gully Ridge (grade 3+) and Hawk’s Nest Buttress (grade 3+) are all superb, but, as the grades suggest, very challenging scrambles.
The rock, although rather polished in places on Bristly Ridge, is mostly excellent quality and a joy to scramble on.
This is mountain terrain so always Prepare Well and Know Your Limits. All scrambles are more difficult and potentially more dangerous if tackled in the wet. During the winter season (i.e. typically from late October to April) there is a chance that snow and ice will be encountered under foot. In these conditions the routes will be significantly more difficult mountaineering challenges requiring winter climbing techniques and equipment. Click the Safety & Access button below for more info.
The normal approach is from one of the lay-bys on the A5 in the Ogwen Valley. Alternatively set off from the Ogwen Cottage visitor centre. Whatever your starting point a choice of paths converge upon a steep rocky path leading up into Cwm Bochlwyd.
Safety & Access
Enjoy the Mountains Safely. Here are a few words of advice from Snowdonia’s Mountain Safe Partnership.
1. Prepare Well
have the right equipment with you for the best and worst-case scenario! You’ll need a map and compass, torch, food and drink, whistle, first aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone.
2. Have the latest weather and ground information.
Check the Met Office Mountain Weather forecast for Snowdonia before you set out and be prepared to turn back if the weather worsens – the mountains will still be here for you to enjoy the next time you visit.
3. Dress appropriately
the weather and temperature can change dramatically between the foot of the mountain and the summit. You’ll need strong walking boots, several layers of clothing including warm ones, gloves, a hat and waterproof jacket and trousers.
4. Know where you're going
Plan your route before setting off and ask for local advice. Have a map and compass and know how to use them and choose a route which is suitable for you and your group’s experience and fitness level. Find out how long it should take and when it gets dark.
5. Know your limits
whilst being very enjoyable, getting out into the mountains can be hard work – challenge yourself but be aware of the fitness levels, and experience of the group as a whole – not just your own.
The publisher of this website accepts no responsibility for the way in which readers use the information contained therein. The descriptions and recommendations are for guidance only and must be subject to discriminating judgement by the reader. Advice and training should be sought before utilising any equipment or techniques mentioned within the text or shown in any of the photographic images. Scrambling is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in this activity should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.