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This circular route visits the iconic Snowdonian summits of Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr in one stunning mountain route that mixes walking and scrambling.
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Starting in the Ogwen Valley and climbing directly up the famous north ridge of Tryfan (a Grade 1 scramble renowned for tricky route-finding), this route is suited to experienced scramblers who are comfortable with rocky and exposed mountain terrain. There are easier routes up Tryfan but all require the use of hands in some places, so not ideal for inexperienced walkers.
From Tryfan you follow a steep path to the otherworldly summits of Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr, with their spectacular spiky rocks making you feel like you’ve been transported to some faraway moonscape. On a clear day you’ll be rewarded with magical views across to Snowdon – the highest mountain in Wales.
The descent via Devil’s Kitchen is rocky and steep, with great views down the Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve, and the stroll along the eastern edge of Llyn Idwal is a wonderful way to complete the walk.
This route was voted sixth in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
IMPORTANT: This is a tough mountain route that climbs three peaks over 3,000ft and crosses exposed rocky terrain that requires scrambling experience. Be prepared for high winds, heavy rain and low visibility. Plan your route carefully and always carry suitable hill walking gear.
TOG VERDICT: Regarded by many as the finest mountain route in Britain, but the long scramble up Tryfan’s north ridge makes it a tough challenge that requires the right experience.