A circuit of the Snowdon Horseshoe is one of the most outstanding scrambling routes in North Wales. This really is a tremendous day out taking in a variety of obstacles on Lliwedd, Crib y Ddysgl and the outrageously exposed Crib Goch. The route is never more than grade 1 in difficulty but give yourself plenty of time as there is a lot of ground to cover.
There are a few other excellent routes intersecting the Horseshoe at various points. Clogwyn y Person Arete (grade 2+) is a memorable scramble rising up from the atmospheric Cwm Glas.
Y Gribin (grade 1-) gives a good alternative route up onto Snowdon, or can be combined with a trip back over Lliwedd. On the impressive cliff of Lliwedd Bilberry Terrace offers a superb but very challenging grade 3 outing for an experienced scrambling team.
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 Pen y Pass car park is an obvious starting point but it does fill up quickly during the summer months. Further parking can be found close to the nearby Pen y Gwryd hotel. Clogwyn y Person Arete is approached from the Llanberis Pass.
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.