Nantlle Ridge circular


8 August 2021

No dogs


Do not walk if you are feeling unwell. Carry your own hand sanitiser. In case of an emergency ensure you have with you a face mask and first aid pack.
Inevitably, the route will go through gates and over stiles that other people will have touched. It may have narrow sections that mean you will be passing close to other people.

The Nantlle Ridge is a classic, one of the best ridge walks in the country with its magnificent views, a bit of scrambling and an arête. Starting from Rhyd Ddu we tackle four of the peaks and return via the Beddgelert Forest.

We start the walk from Rhyd Ddu crossing low land before the 1km ascent to Y Garn at 633m. After a break we turn along the ridge heading for the scramble up or around Mynydd Drws y Coed and then along a grassy ridge to Trum y Ddysgl. To reach our next destination, the obelisk at Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd, we cross a 200m arête. From the obelisk we head in a southerly direction dropping down to cross Bwlch Dros-bern before a stiff climb alongside Craig Pennant to reach our highpoint at Craig Cwm Silyn.

Our return path takes us down the steep descent off Craig Cwm Silyn to Bwlch Dros-bern and continues as we descend towards the disused quarry at Cwm Trwsgl. We head uphill from the quarry and into the Beddgelert Forest. Emerging from the forest we cross the lower reaches of Cwm Marchnad before picking up our outward path across the low land to the cars.

Here is the route

This walk will only be undertaken if the wind speed is lower than moderate (safety) AND there is good visibility (views). The alternative walk will be Y Garn and the Glyders

Meeting Time:
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Duration (incl stops):
Highest Point:
734m Craig Cwm Silyn
Steep inclines and descents over rough ground. Some scrambling and arête. Some exposure.
OL17 Snowdon & Conwy Valley
Starting Point:
Rhyd-Ddu railway station pay and display car park. Post code LL54 6TN GR: SH571525


Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment and safety information

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

Print this walk brief. A new tab will open displaying a PDF, which you can print.
The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.