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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
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1st Published
30 Apr 1992
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Scrambles in Snowdonia

A scrambling guide

by Steve Ashton
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to 70 scrambles in the Snowdonia mountains of north Wales. All the routes described lie within the northern half of the Snowdonia National Park. Includes the Glyders - mostly concentrated on Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr - the Snowdon group, Carneddau and Eifionydd regions. Routes range from scrambly walks to proper rock climbing.

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Scrambles in Snowdonia contains over 60 scrambling routes in Snowdonia, North Wales. All the routes described in this guidebook lie within the northern half of the Snowdonia National Park, where the most rugged mountains are found. Good scrambling in the southern half of Snowdonia is scarce, the rock here being typically loose or vegetated.

Northern Snowdonia naturally divides into four regions. From north to south these are the Carneddau, the Glyders, the Snowdon group and Eifionydd. The best scrambles in Snowdonia will be found in the Glyders, with the large majority concentrated on Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr. The Snowdon group also boasts many excellent routes, whereas the Carneddau and the Eifionydd regions provide only a handful.

The choice of routes is, by necessity and design, a selective one. All the best scrambles are included, though for the sake of a broader coverage some mediocre ones in the Glyders and Snowdon group have been omitted in favour of even poorer ones in the Carneddau and Eifionydd.

The range of difficulty included in this guidebook extends from scrambly walks to the boundaries of proper rock climbing. Average fitness and a head for heights will suffice at one end of the scale, whereas nothing short of mountaineer's skill and daring will do at the other. Some routes fit neither category: scrambling over loose rock and up dripping, vegetated gullies seems to require a special cunning, for which neither hill walking nor rock climbing provides adequate preparation.


  • Seasons
    Year-round possibilities.
  • Centres
    Betws-y-Coed, Capel Curig, Llanberis, Beddgelert.
  • Difficulty
    All grades of scrambling routes in Snowdonia are covered.
  • Must See
    Devil’s Kitchen, Tryfan and the harder scrambles routes on Snowdon.


March 2011

Route 29

Main Gully on Glyder Fach

This route is now considered to be grade 2, rather than 1.

Route 42

Bryant's Gully

This route is now considered to be grade 3, rather than 2.




    1.      Southern Ridge Circuit
    2.      Braich Ty Du Face
    3.      Briach Ty Du Face Right-Hand Start
    4.      Broad Gully Ridge
    5.      Craig Lloer Spur
    6.      Cwmglas Bach Spur
    7.      Crib Lem (Llech Ddu Spur)
    8.      Eastern Ridge of Black Ladders
    9.      Craig yr Ysfa Amphitheatre

    10.    Cwm Bochlwyd Horseshoe
    11.    Tryfan Bach Approach
    12.    Bastow Buttress Variant
    13.    Nor’ Nor’ Buttress Variant
    14.    Nor’ Nor’ Gully
    15.    Nor’ Nor’ Groove
    16.    North Buttress Variant
    17.    Little and North Gullies
    18.    South Gully
    19.    South Buttress
    20.    North Ridge
    21.     Milestone Buttress Approach
    22.    Milestone Gully Approach
    23.    Milestone Continuation
    24.    Wrinkled Tower
    25.    West Face Route
    26.    South Ridge Direct
    27.    Bristly Ridge
    28.    The Chasm Face
    29.    Main Gully
    30.    Main Gully Ridge
    31.    East Gully Ridge
    32.    Shark Buttress
    33.    Dolmen Ridge
    34.    Gribin Ridge
    35.    False Gribin
    36.    Cneifion Arête
    37.    Maybe Tower Rib
    38.    Seniors’ Ridge
    39.    Direct Approach to Seniors’ Ridge
    40.    Idwal Staircase and Continuation
    41.    North?West Face Route
    42.    Bryant’s Gully
    Y GARN
    43.    Devil’s Kitchen and the Sheep Walk
    44.    East Ridge
    45.    Needle’s Eye Arête
    46.    Yr Esgair

    47.    The Snowdon Horseshoe
    48.    East Ridge
    49.    North Ridge
    50.    North Ridge via Jammed Boulder Gully
    51.    Traverse of Crib Goch
    52.    Crib y Ddysgl
    53.    Clogwyn y Person Arête
    54.    Cwm Glas Ridge
    55.    Llechog Buttress
    56.    Llechog Ridge
    57.    Eastern Terrace of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu
    58.    Western Terrace of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu
    59.    Tregalan Couloir
    60.    Y Gribin and the East Ridge
    61.    Traverse of Lliwedd
    62.    West Peak via Bilberry Terrace

    63.    Nantlle Ridge
    Y GARN
    64.    Western Arête
    65.    Pennant Rib
    66.    Right?Hand Pennant Rib
    67.    Craig Fawr Rib
    68.    Sentries Ridge and Continuation
    69.    Bear Buttress


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