The Nantlle Ridge is one of the finest ridge walks in Snowdonia. It links a series of peaks via a dramatic crest and always gives an exhilarating day out. Despite the quality of the walking it tends to stay relatively quiet, which is a blessing in itself.
There are some sections of modestly difficult grade 1 scrambling but most obstacles can be avoided if need be. It is a linear walk though, so some logistical planning is necessary. If you want to do it as a straight, single journey you will need to arrange transport at either end. Local taxis firms can help if two vehicles are not available. Alternatively it is possible to do a part return and then kink off into the top of Cwm Pennant before crossing back through the top of Beddgelert Forest to regain the normal starting point in Rhyd Ddu. This does give quite a physical day out, so make sure you take plenty of water and goodies to boost the morale of flagging team members.
The route can, of course, be done in either direction and provides interest throughout.
This is mountain terrain so always Prepare Well and Know Your Limits. During the winter season, typically from late October to April, there is a high probability that snow and ice will be encountered under foot. In these conditions ice axe and crampons are essential. Click the Safety & Access button below for more info.
It is normal to start the walk from Rhyd Ddu at the north end of the ridge.
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.
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Hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.