Coming to Snowdonia for the first time I was looking for a walk that would give me a flavour of what this area was about. There is the obvious Snowdon walk, or the Snowdon Horseshoe. There is the Carnedds or the Glyders or possibly Moel Siabod. In the end I decided that the Glyders would be my choice and I’d have a look a Tryfan whilst I was there, if I felt good I would head up that way first. The car park was a little quiet when I started and the path up to Llyn Bochlywd empty, which was a little worrying (had I come the wrong way!!) and before long I was stood at Bwlch Tryfan, looking up at Tryfan or turning to look up Bristly Ridge. I decided Tryfan would be first, mainly because I couldn’t work out how you got up to Bristly Ridge!!!
Tryfan was brilliant, its an amazing looking mountain and as tough a climb as you want it to be. Before long I was back at the col (easier to say than bwlch!!) where I was joined by two mountain leaders from the area, I had also met Liz, from Plymouth as well, on the top of Tryfan and all three wanted to head up the ridge. It would be rude not to tag along!! I have to say I wouldn’t have made it up without Linda and Ted, they were brilliant and Liz helped with the hand grabs above me. However by the time I’d made the top of Glyder Fach I was done, Linda recommended the descent via Gribben ridge, which was steep and a scramble but a quick way down. This put paid to my plans of summitting 1000 metres on Glyder Fawr and returning via the Devils Kitchen. However I returned safe if worn out and Glyder Fawr will be there another day. I have to say, I’ve had a fair few days in the mountains and on the moors of Dartmoor, however nothing prepared me for the amount of leg punishing climbing involved here. I learnt a good lesson in the Glyders to stay within your boundaries and know when you’ve had enough, that said its an amazing place, can’t wait to go back.
|Start – Ogwen Cottage car park
|Route – Llyn Bochlywd – Bwlch Tryfan – Tryfan – Bwich Tryfan – Bristly Ridge – Glyder Fach – Castle in the Winds – Gribben Ridge – Llyn Idwal – Ogwen Cottage
|Distance – 6 miles Start time – 9am Time taken – 6hrs Highest Point – Glyder Fach 994m
|Weather – Bright, sunny, some cloud swirling around, bit of breeze on the tops – perfect
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From the Ogwen Cottage car park with cloud covering the top of Tryfan left and most of Glyder Fach right
Quick look down Llyn Ogwen with cloud on the north ridge of Tryfan
On the other side of Llyn Ogwen is the steep slopes of Pen yr Ole Wen with Nant Ffrancon the valley to the left
Glyder Fach starts to clear, Bristly Ridge is on the left hand side
Looking back to Nant Ffrancon
Climbing to Bwlch Tryfan with Llyn Bochlywd below (or Lake Australia!)
Now at the top of Tryfan, looking to Moel Siabod
The road to Capel Curig far below with Pen Llithrig y Wrach standing out opposite (where do they get these names from!!)
Standing on the Eve stone looking to the Carnedds (Daffyd middle and Llewellyn far right)
Having met up with Liz, Linda and Ted we start up the chimney to get to Bristly Ridge, this is looking back to Tryfan
Up we go, there’s pretty much 400 metres of forward and 250 metres of height gain on this ridge. it’ll take about an hour or so
Looking back down the first part, Tryfan behind. At this point I stowed the cameras away as 4 points of contact were needed for most of the rest of the way. Over some extremely steep drops!
Popping out at the top of Bristly Ridge, Glyder Fach summit ahead
In my excitement I past by the Cantelever stone!! Here looking to Moel Siabod
Y Garn to the left with fantastic views along Nant Ffrancon to Angelsey and the sea
Similar direction with the Carnedds on the right and Pen Yr Ole Wen
Further right and the top of Tryfan is in view
And not forgetting the Snowdon range, fabulous blue sky above and the Irish Sea beyond
Looking south, with Cader Idris in the far distance
After a rest we headed for the Castle in the Winds, ahead. Glyder Fawr is beyond that (not today though). With Snowdon the high peak to the left
After rounding the Castle in the Winds, we found the cairn at the top of the Gribben Ridge and headed down. All the time great views along the Nant Ffrancon, with Llyn Idwal to the left of our ridge
Y Garn stands at 947 metres but that will be for another day also
The Bristly Ridge, the drops in the ridge are tough to get down, although you can traverse around, whilst hanging on above a drop!! A brilliant place!
The mighty Tryfan above Llyn Bochlywd
Glyder Fach summit left, with Castle in the Winds centre, the top of the Gribben Ridge on the right
Heading down to Llyn Idwal. Y Garn in view beyond
Y Garn again, with the Devils Kitchen to the left in shade
Down at Llyn Idwal with Glyder Fawr towering above. All that was left was the simple walk back to the cottage and the car park.
In the car on the way back I stopped to take this picture of Tryfan (the heather terrace is the line runing up right to left) and Glyder Fach and Bristly Ridge behind to the left