Y Garn and the Glyders (alternative walk if weather is bad)


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.

One of our favourite walks to stretch our legs with steady ascents and descents over three peaks of Y Garn, Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach; and good views over Snowdonia.

We start the walk from Ogwen Cottage heading towards Llyn Idwal. We bear off from the lake westerly with a steady 540m pull up to the ridge and on to Y Garn. We now lose height as we head down to Llyn y Cwn before starting the climb up to Glyder Fawr at 999m, our high point of the day.


Our route now takes along the ridge passing Castell y Gwynt (Castle of the Wind) to Glyder Fach where we have the opportunity to walk out on to the cantilever. From here we continue heading east down the ridge until we reach The Miner’s Track. We turn north continuing downhill to Bwlch Tryfan on to Llyn Bochlwyd and continue downhill to the cars.

Here is the route https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/9342290/Y-Garn-and-the-Glyders

This walk is an alternative to the Nantlle Ridge circular if that walk has to be cancelled.

Meeting Time:
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Duration (incl stops):
Highest Point:
999m Glyder Fawr
Mountain paths, sometimes indistinct, over grass and rock. Steep in places.
OL17 Snowdon & Conwy Valley
Starting Point:
Car park off A5 at Ogwen Cottage (pay and display). Post Code LL75 3LZ GR: SH649604


Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment https://ohwc.org.uk/kit-list/ and safety information https://ohwc.org.uk/safety/

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.

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The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.