Lliwedd is the biggest of the Welsh mountain cliffs, and fittingly it offers some of the best adventure routes in the area. It is situated majestically above the deep blue water of Llyn Llydaw, its ridged back forming the southern arm of the dramatic Snowdon horseshoe.
Although broken in nature the best lines link areas of excellent rock. Although the cliff is tilted at a generally slabby angle, protection is not overly abundant. Moreover there is a distinct lack of incut holds, often just where an anxious leader might need them most. These are points worth noting, if for any reason a retreat is being contemplated. The consequences of being caught out by the elements can quickly reach epic proportions. Experience, route-finding savvy and a general steadiness are prerequisites for the Lliwedd-bound team. If these elements are present, a grand day will be in order.
The cliff does receive early morning sun, but then spends the rest of the day cast in shadow. Consequently it is best suited to bright sunny days. Excessive drainage is not normally a major problem (a day or so after rain, it should be dry), but the dearth of runners and typically non-positive nature of the holds means that wet ascents can’t be recommended.
From Pen y Pass follow the Miners Track to the first big lake, Llyn Llydaw. The massive crag can be seen up and left dominating the skyline.