Sheep Pen Boulders


Sheep Pen Boulders / Clogfeini y Gorlan | ©Si Panton

Sheep Pen Boulders


A wonderful collection of boulders scattered on a hidden plateau which tops a steep scree slope running down to the A5 road. The main boulder is very impressive indeed and numerous good quality problems abound on the smaller peripheral blocks. Perched above the immense glacial trough of Nant Ffrancon, like some surreal mezzanine platform, the boulder plateau has a peaceful oasis like charm – a place of calm amongst the harsh scree and rocky outcrops. Luckily the quality of the bouldering matches the dramatic location. Expect nothing less than a full rack of classics, and one or two of the very best
that North Wales has to offer.


An exposed and sunny venue which dries quickly, although there is likely to be some seepage on the main boulder after rain. Despite its altitude and decidedly mountain feel it is possible to climb here right through the winter, provided there is enough sunshine.


From the Ogwen Cottage follow the road back towards Bethesda for 2km where a small quarry and steep scree slope can be seen dropping down on the right side of the road. The boulders sit up on a flat area above the scree slope – reach them by walking up the hillside to the right and cutting back left above the patch of gorse.

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