crib goch

You can effectively pick your own route up, but try not to stray too far left or right of the crest. This route follows the Pyg track for a short period, before scrambling onto the Crib Goch ridge, and following that ontp the Crib y Ddysgl ridge, the Snowdon summit, and descending via the Pyg track. Hold on to the top as you go along as the rock is very polished and can become slippery if wet. The crux of the approach route is the bad step, but to be honest there are no real difficulties. The second can be avoided or climbed directly via good holds.

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On a couple of occasions I had to step down or slide on my front to my previous step point because of an impossible course I would have come to further up. ccrib

How to scramble: Crib Goch

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. What had I done? The day was set fair and there was the hope of good visibility, not just on crossing Crib Goch but at the summit of Snowdon too. My recommendation is paint the route on the rock to make it safer.

Late availability places are also sent out to our subscribers so if you have missed out on a place then we can let you know if one becomes available. The Mountain Skills course frib for those with a good level experience walking in the mountains and want to learn Despite the challenge though and the few hairy scary moments that ensued I have to say I was thoroughly enjoying the challenge.


Snowdon Horseshoe To extend your day ceib with some more walking, you can complete the famous Snowdon Horseshoe route, which follows the ridge to Y Lliweddand then down Lliwedd Crih to join the miners path at Llyn Llydaw. The approach to the start of the Crib Goch scramble usually follows the Pyg track, which can be reached from either the Pen y pas car park, or by ascending the hillside up the road from Pont y Gromlech see map above.

High winds and slippery conditions underfoot can easily add a grade to this sneaky gochh of a ridge. The best guidebook for this route is the excellent Scrambles in Snowdonia Cicerone book by Steve Ashton, available on Amazon in paperback or ebook here. After a laugh by completely circling the cafe building on the top of the mountain we found the Watkin Path, our means of progress off the mountain, and started our descent.

Discover the gocn known mountain of Snowdonia, the Carneddau, where you will enjoy spectacular mountains views, high ridges, magical landscapes Almost alone on Crib Goch. I followed Adam’s course of ascent for ten minutes and then decided to set off on my own. The dog must be well behaved, have a harness, and a long gich.

Crib Goch – In Pictures

Adam begins crossing the top ridge of Crib Goch. Got hooked on scrambling over summer? Instead, head down to the south-west for a short distance and pick up the top section of the Watkin Path to head down to Bwlch Ciliau, and then carry straight gocn to Y Lliwedd. Join us on or Send us an email.


The most revered ridge in Snowdonia.

Crib Goch – Wikipedia

Like this comment 16 Report abuse. Like this comment 9 Report abuse. Important notes for attempting Crib Goch This is not a route which should be taken without good experience of walking in the mountains and scrambling, as some parts will need both hands and feet. Crib Goch can be pretty scary when the cloud comes in.

Cloud crosses over Crib Goch as we reach the top ridge. At Bwlch Glas, the point where a number of paths meet, we came across other walkers for the first time since leaving Pen Y Pass which was remarkable as Crib Goch can get very busy. The intrepid Great Gallymo carries on regardless.

Finding the way down to the Watkin Path. After about metres of descent we were out of the cloud. Post a comment Print this article. How difficult would it really be?

UK Scrambles is dedicated to introducing people to the activity of scrambling. Here the path meets the Pyg Gich which descends to Pen-y-Pass at Bwlch Glas marked by a large standing stonebefore the final climb to Snowdon summit.

Some piles of slate were still neatly standing and the eerie shells of the quarry buildings still in place too. Do it at night if you want a thrill ride.