Tryfan and the Glyderau

Mountain & Hill Walks

Tryfan, Glyderau | ©Si Panton

Tryfan and the Glyderau

Mountain & Hill Walks

Tryfan is a dramatic peak, standing proud on the southern edge of the Ogwen Valley. Seen from the Capel Curig end of the valley it looks like the spiky back of some fearsome prehistoric dinosaur. Reaching the famous Adam and Eve blocks at its highest crest would be quite a feat without resorting to the use of hands at some point. Indeed, the popular North Ridge is a classic grade 1 scramble, and no pushover at the grade. It is possible though to sneak up on the west and south side through more amenable territory where only a limited amount of basic scrambling is required.

The neighbouring Glyderau mountain range hosts a spectacular run of peaks. On its northern side, below Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr, steep-backed cwms and narrow dividing ridges present an intimidating front. As with Tryfan, access to the tops seems unlikely without the judicious use of scrambling skills. In reality though you can skirt the rocky steepness either by heading up past the front of the Devil’s Kitchen at the back of Cwm Idwal, or by following a steep path east of Bristly Ridge. Longer, but steadier approaches are also possible from Pen y Pass and from Nant Peris. The summit plateau is a rocky, barren place dominated by the proud jut of Castell y Gwynt and Glyder Fach’s huge boulder field, home to the much photographed Cantilever Stone.
The peaks at western end of the Glyderau (Y Garn, Foel Goch etc) are less rugged, but the cwms and ridges remain steep enough to block walking access to the ridge from Nant Ffrancon in all but a few places. Easy, albeit strenuous, access is possible from the Nant Peris side though, and once on top the terrain is friendly.

Conditions:

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.

Approach:

The Glyderau can be approached from a number of places, including the Ogwen Valley, Pen y Pass and Nant Peris.


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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.

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.

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