Ridges of Snowdonia

The best ridge walking

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9781852843502
Published
1 Jul 2002
Reprinted
10 Apr 2013
Edition
Second
Pages
192
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
230g

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Guidebook of the best ridge walks in Snowdonia. Routes from 8km to 60km for competent and experienced walkers. Walks include ridges in the Carneddau, Glyders and Tryfan, Snowdon range, Crib Coch, Nantlle, Rhinogs, Arans, Cader Idris and a Snowdonia 3000er traverse.

Seasons Seasons
All year round walking, but winter in Snowdonia can mean just that.
Centres Centres
Bangor, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis, Capel Curig, Bala, Bedgellert.
Difficulty Difficulty
Long mountain horseshoes and traverses including some scrambling. Full and hard hillwalking days. The Snowdon 3000ers route is 37 miles and takes about 16 hours to walk.
Must See Must See
Snowdon Horseshoe, Glyders traverse, Moelwyns northern ridges, Cader Idris circuit, Snowdon traverse
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852843502
Published
1 Jul 2002
Reprinted
10 Apr 2013
Edition
Second
Pages
192
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
230g
  • Overview

    This guidebook explores the best ridge walking in Snowdonia, Wales. A collection of horseshoes, traverses and circuits, as well as summits, ascent and descent options for knowledgable and experienced walkers. The routes range between 8 and 28km (as well as the 60km Fourteen Peaks Snowdonia Traverse), and collect plenty of summits along the way. Exciting mountain days walking Snowdonia's ridges, with practical details on the terrain, difficulty, scrambling, distance and timings are included. Each route includes clear route description and annotated OS overview maps. 

    The guidebook includes spectacular ridges with long views over Snowdonia and further into Wales in a number of areas: the Carneddau ridges, the Glyders, the Snowdon group, the Moelwyns, the Nantille area, the Rhinogs, Cader Idris, the Arans and the extroadinary, 60km Traverse that links the 14 highest Snowdonia peaks in three ranges of hills.

    This guide is a unique exploration of Snowdonia's ridges, that combines route description with an exploration of the hillwalking experience. The aim, above all, to deliver some of the finest mountain experiences to walkers along Snowdonia's big and challenging walking routes.

  • Contents
    INTRODUCTION

    A THE CARNEDDAU
    A1 Northern Ridges
    A1(a) Approach through Cwm Eigiau
    A1(b) Descent to Aber
    A2 Southern Ridges
    A2(a) Descent to Ffynnon Llugwy
    A2(b) Pen yr Ole Wen South Ridge
    A3 Western Ridges
    A3(a) Crib Lem (Llech Ddu Spur)

    B THE GLYDERS
    B1 Northern Ridges
    B1(a) Braich y Ddeugwm Approach
    B1(b) Bochlwyd Approach
    B1(c) Kitchen Descent
    B1(d) Y Garn Descent
    B2 Main Traverse

    C SNOWDON GROUP
    C1 The Snowdon Horseshoe
    C1(a) Crib Goch North Ridge
    C1(b) Pig Track Descent
    C1(c) Y Gribin descent
    C2 Main Traverse
    C2(a) Direct Approach to South Ridge
    C2(b) Descent of Snowdon Ranger
    C2(c) Direct Descent to Llanberis

    D THE MOELWYNS
    D1 Northern Ridges
    D1(a) Ascent from Capel Curig
    D2 Southern Ridges
    D2(a) Cnicht from Nanmor
    D2(b) Incorporating Moel yr Hydd

    E THE NANTILE AREA
    E1 Nantlle Ridge

    F THE RHINOGS
    F1 Main Traverse

    G CADER IDRIS
    G1 Circuit of Cwm Cau

    H THE ARANS
    H1 Main Traverse

    I SNOWDONIA TRAVERSES
    I1 The Fourteen Peaks

    APPENDIX – Welsh words and Pronunciation

    EMERGENCY CHECKLIST (1) Mountain Rescue

    EMERGENCY CHECKLIST (2) First Aid

  • Maps

    OS Landranger Series (1:50,000)

    Sheets: 115, 124

    OS Outdoor Leisure Series: Sheet 17

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Steve Ashton

Steve lived in Snowdonia for 20 years, during which he wrote several climbing and walking books to the region. The best known of these is the highly influential and now classic Scrambles in Snowdonia, which was largely responsible for reviving interest in this esoteric sport.

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