|Collecting summits, whether Munros or Lakeland fells may not be the best reason to climb hills, but many are the hillwalkers who have discovered favourite hills only because they made that first visit just to "tick it off" .For me that was true of the Nantlle ridge. The guide book had given little clue to the quality of the walk and blessed with a February inversion we walked in still air in the sunshine whilst those below endured damp, mist, wind and gloom. Only Snowdon stood head and shoulders above the sea of cloud, a peak of solid rock amongst the phantom mountains swirling below.|
Y Garn 2080
Trum y Ddysgl 2329
Craig Cwm Silyn 2408
be extended to Graig Goch 1999)
a number of options to consider when planning a traverse of the ridge ("Nantlle
ridge" is possibly a misnomer, the walk is better described as a series
of "edges" above Cwm Pennant, perhaps "The Pennant aretes" would have been
a better name?). It is necessary to decide whether you wish to "bag" all
the summits or wish to follow the most interesting rock scenery.
Perhaps the line of the watershed appeals, continuing on to Graig Goch?
What the guide books say:-
High Summits of Wales" Uney (Guide to the Welsh "Hewitts")
British Ridge Walks" Birkett
Ridges of Snowdonia" Ashton
Mountain of England & Wales Volume 1 Nutall (Welsh
hills of 2000 feet)
Welsh Peaks" Poucher (second-hand only)
After crossing a field on a slate path start to climb up across a second field following white painted arrows. Soon the path steepens and climbs up to the start of the ridge proper at the summit of Y Garn which is reached after an area of stones and a stile over a wall. Turning west the ridge rapidly narrows and exposed situations occur as crags and boulders narrow the choices of route available. Just before the summit ofDrws-y-Coedan awkward step appears. Keeping to the crest requires a big step across a gap, while the bypass route is on an exposed ledge. Probably the safest option is to stay on the crest up to the step and then slide down to the end of the bypass path. A few yards on and all difficulties disappear and the route reverts to grass and on to the featureless summit of Drws-y-Coed. Cliffs continue on the right (N) side to Trum y Ddysgl with its strange flat grass summit. A descent path is available (leaving SW onward route S near summit) here returning through the forestry to rejoin the outward route. After the col scramble up to Craig Cwm Silyn. A second descent path starts here but does involve renascent to join descent route 1. Or descend north along the rim of Craig Cwm Silyn towards Nantlle or carry on along the watershed. The latter options will require a second car parked in the Nantlle area.
profile of the watershed as far as Garnedd-Goch
A circular walk descending off the SE of the ridge.