This was the only ‘Hard’ walk of the year and we were well led by Brian on a circular route from Ogwen, following the path almost south and up the ridge of Y Gribbin, out onto the shattered tops of the Glyderau, Castell y Gwynt, Glyder Fach, Llyn Caseg-fraith, Miners Track, Bwlch Tryfan, Llyn Bochlwyd and back to Ogwen. Easy enough to write, but a route that is very tough under foot and with one or two exposed scrambly bits making it a challenging day.
Six of us left Ogwen in good weather at about 9.30 and set about Y Gribin. This starts as a steady climb up onto a broad grassy ridge with good views down on both sides: Llyn Idwal to the right and Llyn Bochlwyd to the left. But in front the view was of a very steep and rocky skyline with no obvious route visible and this was where the ‘Hard’ bit started. It was all ‘hands and feet stuff’ with some exposure on both sides and I think we were all glad when we emerged stirred, shaken and exhilarated onto the rocky top at Bwlch y Ddwy-glyder. This is very different world – a world of pale grey rocks of gigantic size in higgledy -piggledy piles with Castell y Gwynt being the most awe inspiring. We clambered to the summit of Glyder Fach – 994m / 3261ft – but only Brian actually stood on the top stone – and then off to play on the Cantilever Stone. This stone is pretty famous and well photographed (look it up on Google Images) and Annie did her “Christ the Redeemer in Rio” imitation to the sound of clicking cameras.
From the Cantilever we scrambled east down towards Llyn Caseg-fraith to pick up the top of the Miner’s Track that led us across to Bwlch Tryfan. It was here that we saw large numbers of the famous Glyder Goats grazing in groups by the path and up on the cliffs. Getting onto Bwlch Tryfan from this side always seems to mark the beginning of the walk out – the end of the day – but it is still a long tough walk down to Llyn Bochlwyd then over the edge on down towards Ogwen and the cars.
Thank you Brian for a hard day for all of us: you booked the good weather and a great route. Thanks to all who came and all who drove. Pics in Gallery