G is for Glyderau

The Glyderau is one of the 4 mounatin ranges that makes up Northern Snowdonia. These include the Moel Hebog range which is divided from the Snowdon Massif by the Nantlle Valley. The Snowdon range is separated from the Glyderau by the Llanberis Pass and the Ogwen Valley splits the Glyderau from the Carneddau range.

The Glyderau Mountains
Glyder Fach and Bristly Ridge

The Glyderau is one of the most popular mountains ranges in Snowdonia, no part due to the easy access to its peaks. The A55 road runs right through the Ogwen Valley, along the length of the Glyderau range, providing walkers with a wealth of routes and car parks.

Looking along the length of the Glyders

The Glyderau stretches from the village of Bethesada in the north to Capel Curig in the south. It consists of 10 individual peaks including 5 of the Welsh 3000s, with Glyder Fawr former the range’s highest point at 3,284ft (1001m).

Gallt yr Ogof, the southern most peak of the Glyderau
The Glyderau on the right side and the Carneddau on the left

In my own experience the Glyderau consists of some of the finest mountain walking that the British Isles has to offer and have be fortunate enough to grace all ten of its peaks. As off 2014 one of the Glyderau peaks, Tryfan, remains Britain’s favourite mountain and summits of Glyder Fawr and Fach contain some of the finest evidence of wind erosion.

Castell y Gwynt near the summit of Glyder Fach
On top of Carnedd y Filiast, the most northern summit of the Glyderau

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