One of the most attractive and accessible mountain landscapes to be found in the UK is that of Snowdonia, and it offers a range of mountaineering and walking experiences. Although I was fortunate to be a short drive away, many of the residents of the north west of England will find good road links to Snowdonia. For those travelling from further away there are plenty of welcoming hostels and hotels to look after visitors, and plenty of places offering a nice pint of beer after a day in the mountains.
Rock Climbing In Snowdonia
One of the most attractive aspects of Snowdonia for climbers is that it has a great variety of locations for rock climbing, ranging from good cliffs for novices up to very challenging climbs. For experienced climbers there are a variety of climbs across the area, but the highlight for me is the Great Wall, which is on Clogwyn Ddu’r Arddu near Llanberis Pass. Another of the popular climbs is the east face of Tryfan, which lies near the Ogwen valley, and is home to the famous Adam and Eve rocks are three metres high at the peak. For those who are looking for a good introduction to rock climbing and want to get a taste of rock climbing with the buzz of a real rock face, there are a number of centres running courses in the area. From one day taster sessions to week long development courses, these are a great way to spark a passion for rock climbing.
Mountain Walking In Snowdonia
For those who don’t want to be quite so hands-on but still want to enjoy the fabulous scenery and walking in Snowdonia, there are many excellent walks to be enjoyed. The centrepiece of walking in Snowdonia is Snowdon itself, and although there is a train up to the summit the most enjoyment is generally to be gained by using one of the paths to the summit. Although Snowdon is a fantastic mountain to walk, I never feel a visit to Snowdon is complete without going over Crib Goch at the same time, and this challenging ridge involves some climbing and scrambling, but is well worth the effort for the spectacular views. For a full day walk these can be included as a part of the Snowdon horseshoe, and guides the walker over Y Lliwedd in the second half of the walk.
The Glyderau and Carneddau
If you are going to be spending a week or are coming back to Snowdonia then you will also enjoy trips to the Glyderau and the Carneddau mountains which are only a short drive away. For visitors to the Carneddau it is great to be able to combine Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn in one day, and although not as spectacular as Snowdon still offers some excellent views and a good day’s walk. The Glyderau are only a few miles north of Snowdon, and offer great views to both north and south, but it is worth noting that most routes here will involve plenty of scrambling as you ascend.
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