Rockfax Description
A stunning ridge that is a good companion to its harder left-hand neighbour taking in similar ground. The blocky nature of the rock means there can be some loose holds. Start from the base of the right-hand ridge.
1) From the toe of the ridge, avoid the initial steep wall up slippery scree on the right and go back left above it.
2) Once on the ridge follow it upwards as it narrows to a section with some spectacular gendarmes that guard the way.
3) The ridge carries on past a few more exposed pinnacles before arriving at a grassy col.
4) The tower above can be climbed direct which is quite exposed. Alternatively you can step right into the heather gully on its right-hand side.
5) From here, the scrambling is easy enough to follow to the grassy top-out where a small path leads to the main track. Turn left for the summit or right to descend.
Descent - As for Pinnacle Ridge Variation. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Easy climbing and scrambling leads up a pinnacled ridge towards the summit of Mynydd Mawr. Watch out for loose rock.

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Annaproffitt 16 Sep, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: Rockfax has named the summit of foel rudd where Craig cymbychan is, double check with a OS map for the walk off
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βeta: Rockfax has named the summit of foel rudd where Craig cymbychan is, double check with a OS map for the walk off
joemg 18 Jun, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: 10+ ticks on me after this, I think Elgan counted 17 so be warned the place is infested!
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βeta: 10+ ticks on me after this, I think Elgan counted 17 so be warned the place is infested!
micky_b_85 21 Mar, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: The rock was like ice in the rain, luckily there were enough edges to not make it too exciting
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βeta: The rock was like ice in the rain, luckily there were enough edges to not make it too exciting
joemallia 26 Feb, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: I didn't climb Sentries today, though I went to do it with 4 friends. We had three different guidebooks showing two different lines! (In fact none of the three guidebooks we had showed the correct line, though their descriptions were in agreement.) We chose to follow the Rockfax digital guide as it has the clearest photo of the line to take - unfortunately, it's the wrong buttress, to the right of the actual Sentries Ridge! We had a pretty unpleasant climb up steep heather and very loose rock, while it became clear that the line matching the route description was about 50 metres to the left. Reading some of the comments here I suspect that some others have had the same experience. The proper ridge looks brilliant, btw, and I'll definitely go back for it.
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βeta: I didn't climb Sentries today, though I went to do it with 4 friends. We had three different guidebooks showing two different lines! (In fact none of the three guidebooks we had showed the correct line, though their descriptions were in agreement.) We chose to follow the Rockfax digital guide as it has the clearest photo of the line to take - unfortunately, it's the wrong buttress, to the right of the actual Sentries Ridge! We had a pretty unpleasant climb up steep heather and very loose rock, while it became clear that the line matching the route description was about 50 metres to the left. Reading some of the comments here I suspect that some others have had the same experience. The proper ridge looks brilliant, btw, and I'll definitely go back for it.
harryllewis1999 20 Feb, 2022 Show βeta
βeta: quite chossy.
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βeta: quite chossy.
tagscuderia 18 Jun, 2021 Show βeta
βeta: Grade 2+ scramble, with some terrific exposure. Don’t let the heather bash and awful scree at the start put you off, the rock on route is great − as is the route itself, sublime scrambling. Unsure about doing it in the wet though, save it for a sunny day.
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βeta: Grade 2+ scramble, with some terrific exposure. Don’t let the heather bash and awful scree at the start put you off, the rock on route is great − as is the route itself, sublime scrambling. Unsure about doing it in the wet though, save it for a sunny day.
MivecGPX 19 Apr, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: The hardest move is definitely the first proper problem,. Can be protected with a bomber hex but beware this can slip down deep into the crack making it difficult to retrieve, as my knuckles will attest to.
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βeta: The hardest move is definitely the first proper problem,. Can be protected with a bomber hex but beware this can slip down deep into the crack making it difficult to retrieve, as my knuckles will attest to.

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Idwal Staircase/Continuation

Grade: Grade-3 ***
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