Scrambles in Snowdonia - 80 of the best routes

Scrambles in Snowdonia - 80 of the best routes

This revised edition of Steve Ashton's classic guide presents 80 scrambles in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, offering challenge, adventure and exhilaration, but also breathtaking scenery and an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the mountains of North Wales. The graded routes range from introductory traverses to demanding climbs involving technicality and exposure, recommended only for those with considerable experience, a strong head for heights and solid grounding in basic rope technique.

It is now easier than ever to explore the Carneddau, Glyders and Snowdon Group, plus the finest scrambling in Eifionydd, the Moelwyns, Rhinogs and Cadair Idris. The favourites are all here Ė the Snowdon Horseshoe, North Ridge of Tryfan, Bristly Ridge and Cneifion and Cyfrwy ArÍtes Ė as well as a number of lesser-known routes, including 16 not included in the previous guide.

Photo topos illustrate the ascent routes, alongside comprehensive route description detailing the preferred line of ascent and descent options. Many routes also include ideas as to how scrambles might be combined to create longer outings, and summary information and overview statistics are provided to aid route selection. Dramatic colour photography completes the package. With advice on how to progress and stay safe, Scrambles in Snowdonia is an indispensable and comprehensive guide to enjoying the freedom and excitement of scrambling in the rugged Welsh mountains.

The Carneddau

Route 1 Southern Ridge Circuit 1-***

Pen yr Ole Wen

Route 2 Braich Ty Du Face (including Pinnacle Ridge and Porcupine Ridge) 2+**
Route 3 Broad Gully Ridge 2+*
Route 4 Craig Lloer Spur 3-**

Carnedd Dafydd

Route 5 Crib Lem (Llech Ddu Spur) 1***
Route 6 Eastern Ridge of Black Ladders 2*

Carnedd Llewelyn

Route 7 Craig yr Ysfa Amphitheatre 2+*

The Glyders

Route 8 Cwm Bochlwyd Horseshoe 1*** CBʊ


Tryfan East Face
Route 9 Tryfan Bach Approach 3***
Approach and orientation for the Heather Terrace, East face of Tryfan
Route 10 Bastow Buttress Variant 2+***
Route 11 Norí Norí Buttress Variant 3** or 3S**
Route 12 Norí Norí Gully 2+*
Route 13 Norí Norí Groove 1+*
Route 14 North Buttress Variant 2**
Route 15 Little and North Gullies 1**
Route 16 Pinnacle Rib Variant 3**
Route 17 South Gully 3-*
Route 18 South Buttress 3**

Tryfan West Face

Route 19 North Ridge 1*** CBʊ
Route 20 Milestone Buttress Approach 3**
Route 21 Milestone Gully Approach 1+**
Route 22 Milestone Continuation 3**
Route 23 Wrinkled Tower (aka Wrinkled Slabs and Castle Chimney) 3S***
Route 24 West Face Route 3*
Route 25 V Buttress 3**
Route 26 V ArÍte 3*
Route 27 Notch ArÍte 2***
Route 28 Y Gully 2*
Route 29 South Ridge Direct 1* CBʊ

Glyder Fach

Route 30 Bristly Ridge 1*** CBʊ
Route 31 The Chasm Face 3***
Route 32 Main Gully 1+**
Route 33 Main Gully Ridge 3*** or 2***
Route 34 East Gully Ridge 3***
Route 35 East Gully 1+*
Route 36 Shark Buttress 3S***
Route 37 Dolmen Ridge 3***

Glyder Fawr

Route 38 Gribin Ridge 1* CBʊ
Route 39 False Gribin 1*
Route 40 Cneifion ArÍte 3***
Route 41 Maybe Tower Rib 3*
Route 42 Seniorsí Ridge 1*
Route 43 Seniorsí Gully 1-*
Route 44 Direct Approach to Seniorsí Ridge 2*
Route 45 Idwal Staircase and Continuation 2+***
Route 46 North West Face Route (aka Idwal Buttress) 2**
Route 47 Bryantís Gully (aka False Bryantís Gully or Nant Ettws) 2+*** ♠
Route 48 Esgair Felen Direct 2+* ♠

Y Garn

Route 49 Devilís Kitchen and the Sheep Walk 3S*** or 1-*
Route 50 East Ridge 2**

Foel Goch

Route 51 South ArÍte 1+*
Route 52 Needleís Eye ArÍte 3*
Route 53 Yr Esgair 3S*

Carnedd y Filiast

Route 54 The Ridge (aka Atlantic Ridge) 2+**

Snowdon group

Route 55 The Snowdon Horseshoe 1*** Sʊ

Crib Goch

Route 56 East Ridge 1* Sʊ
Route 57 North Ridge 1*
Route 58 Jammed Boulder Gully 3S**
Route 59 Traverse of Crib Goch 1*** Sʊ

Crib y Ddysgl (Garnedd Ugain)

Route 60 Crib y Ddysgl 1** Sʊ
Route 61 Cwm Glas Mawr Approach 1+* or 3S*
Route 62 Clogwyn y Person ArÍte (including Parsonís Nose options) 3*** or 3S***
Route 63 Cwm Glas Ridge 1-*
Route 64 Llechog Buttress 2**
Route 65 Llechog Ridge 2-*
Route 66 Eastern Terrace of Clogwyn Duír Arddu 1+**
Route 67 Western Terrace of Clogwyn Duír Arddu 3*


Route 68 Tregalan Couloir 2*
Route 69 Y Gribin and the East Ridge 1**


Route 70 Traverse of Lliwedd 1** Sʊ
Route 71 West Peak via Bilberry Terrace 3S***


Route 72 Nantlle Ridge 1-***

Craig Cwm Silyn

Route 73 Craig Fawr Rib (aka LMH) 3**

Mynydd Mawr

Route 74 Sentriesí Ridge and Continuation 3-***
Route 75 Bear Buttress 3S*

Outlying areas

The Moelwyns

Route 76 Moel Siabod Ridge Circuit (including Daear Ddu Ridge) 1-***

The Rhinogs

Route 77 South Face of Rhinog Fawr 2-*
Route 78 South Ridge Variant, Rhinog Fach (aka Hywel Ridge) 3-**

Cadair Idris

Route 79 Cyfrwy ArÍte (including Table Direct option) 3*** or 3S***


Route 80 Penmaenbach ArÍte 1+**

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