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One of the most majestic and inspiring routes in Snowdonia

The ridge of The Glyders is one of the most majestic and inspiring in Snowdonia. The route to these airy heights is equally stimulating, commencing on the shore of Llyn Ogwen where its waters are lost over a series of foaming falls. High above is Llyn Idwal, nestling beneath the buttresses of Glyder Fawr; it is a National Nature Reserve with unusual sub-alpine, sub-arctic flora. A steep scramble up the renowned Bristly Ridge sees the walk emerge into a rocky wilderness, a faint path taking off for Glyder Fach and, a little further, Glyder Fawr and the remarkable shattered pinnacles of Castell y Gwynt. Needless to say there are marvelous views all round, none more so than to neighbouring Tryfan, a huge, frost-shattered buttress of volcanic rocks towering above Ogwen. Adventurous paths tumble past Llyn Idwal back to Idwal Cottage .

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DISTANCE : c. 5 miles (8 km)
TIME: Allow 4 - 5 hours
TERRAIN: Steep, rocky paths, some easy scrambling - boots essential. There are very steep drops along the route, which is for confident and experienced walkers only.
PARKING: Ogwen Car park, or lakeside lay-byes if full.
LOCATION: Ogwen is beside the A5 road about 10 miles north west of Betws-y-Coed.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: "Snowdon Sherpa" seasonal services from Bangor and Betws-y-Coed pass Ogwen.
O.S. DETAILS: OS Map Explorer Sheet OL17
GRID REF: SH 649604

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