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Glyders & Tryfan Walks

The Glyderau (Glyders in English) is a range of mountains in the Snowdonia National Park. The range includes five of Wales' summits over 3000 feet - Tryfan, Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach, Elidir Fawr, Y Garn and Tryfan. Together these mountains provide excellent walking with most routes starting to the east in the Ogwen Valley. However, it must be remembered that some scrambling is required to access Tryfan's summit.

In addition to the mountain summits, dramatic Cwm Idwal is worth a visit. It is here that the rocky cleft known as Twll Du (Devil's Kitchen) can be found providing access onto the mountain ridge. Other highlights include the rock formations of the Castle of the Winds (Castell y Gwynt), views across to the Snowdon massif and the Carneddau Mountains.

Tryfan is an iconic mountain and it attracts many walkers and climbers each year. However, it does offer challenges especially to those with little mountain experience. However, with care and some basic preparation it can be enjoyed by most well-equipped walkers except when covered in snow and ice.

List of walks

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2680A circuit of Llyn Idwal from Ogwen Cottage easy2.80
3001Tryfan by the North Ridge from Ogwen Valleyhard3.50
2855Gallt yr Ogof & Braich y Ddeugwmmoderate4.00
1137Y Garn from Ogwen Cottage (Route B)mod/hard4.50
1186Y Garn from Ogwen Cottage (Route A)mod/hard4.50
1088The Traverse of the Glyder Ridge from Ogwenhard5.50
1215Tryfan & Llyn Ogwen from the Ogwen Valleymod/hard5.50
1454Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach from Pen-y-Passmod/hard5.50
3026Tryfan & the Eastern Tops from the Ogwen Valleyhard5.75
1453Elidir Fawr, Mynydd Perfedd & Marchlyn Mawr reservoirmoderate6.00
2417A Glyderau trio: Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr and Tryfan mod/hard6.50
2650Tryfan, the Glyderau and Y Garnvery hard8.00
3019Y Garn & Carnedd y Filiast from Ogwen Cottagehard8.50
1150The High Carneddau from the Ogwen Valleyhard10.00
2300Glyder Fach from Capel Curigmod/hard11.50
1074The Glyder Traversevery hard12.00
3002The Welsh Three-Thousanderssevere31.50

 
Table of summits in the Glyders Group

RankMountainMetresGroupLocation
5Glyder Fawr1001GlydersSnowdonia
6Glyder Fach994GlydersSnowdonia
13Y Garn947GlydersSnowdonia
16Elidir Fawr924GlydersSnowdonia
18Tryfan915GlydersSnowdonia
49Foel-goch831GlydersSnowdonia
54Carnedd y Filiast821GlydersSnowdonia
58Y Foel-goch805GlydersSnowdonia

 
Map showing main paths and starting points.

Map of Glyders walks

 

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