27th April, 2017
Snowdonia’s biggies are crammed into a small corner of the National Park, along with most of the crowds. In contrast the adjacent Nantlle hills feel like a neglected backwater - in a good way. A grassy stride along elegant curved arêtes, the traverse of the main ridge linking all the summits in the range is a classic Welsh walk, with a rare sense of peace and spacious seaward views. Mildly scrambly moments are spread out along the way, and they're unlikely to tax even the most nervous hillwalker. This Route Card accompanies a UKH article: http://www.ukhillwalking.com/articles/pa...
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Distance: 8.62 miles (13.88 km)
Total ascent: 1,300m
Steepest Gradient: 45% (1 in 2)
Time: 6 – 7 hours (Walking)
SummitsY Garn 633 m
Mynydd Drws-y-coed 695 m
Trum y Ddysgl 709 m
Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd 653 m
Craig Cwm Silyn 734 m
Rhyd-Ddu station or the pay-and-display car park next door on the A4085, SH570526
Clear hill paths along the main crest with occasional very light scrambling (grade 1, mostly avoidable). If descending in poor visibility, finding the drop-off point on Trum y Ddysgl's southeast ridge needs some attention.
A brilliant winter hillwalk with a teensy bit of grade I ground.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Snowdonia – Met Office: Snowdonia
Regular buses from Caernarfon and Beddgelert to Rhyd-Ddu, including a Snowdon Sherpa service. If doing the ridge as a linear walk rather than returning to the start as described here, consider booking the Nantlle Ridge Taxi Service, which connects Talysarn at the western end with Rhyd-Ddu (7am-7pm) 01286 676767
The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland, Dan Bailey, pb. Cicerone http://www.cicerone.co.uk/product/detail...
OS Explorer 254 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL17 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL18 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Snowdonia (1:40,000), OS Landranger 115 (1:50,000)
Snowdon Ranger Youth Hostel 0845 3719659 Campsite in Dyffryn Nantlle
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com