A great aspect of living in London is that my friendship circle consists of people from all over the world; people with different upbringings, different backgrounds and different experiences. This diverse friendship group has opened my eyes to many things in life that I would not have experienced otherwise and, given their experiences of the UK consist almost exclusively of London, It also allows me to open theirs.
Over the past few months I’ve had a lot of requests from people who spend 90% of their time in central London to help them get into the British countryside. London is a beautiful city in its own right, however it moves at its own speed, and a number of my close friends have been quite taken with the idea of getting outdoors. Indeed, over the past few months I’ve had a number of requests to take people out of London to go hiking. This past weekend I decided to take a good friend of mine to the Ogwen Valley to one of my favourite scrambles.
As I wrote previously the scrambles in the Glyderau are some of my favourite. They aren’t overly technical and have routes to suit most abilities, however provide more than enough opportunities to get your heart racing slightly. Plus with the Cannon Stone and Adam and Eve on Tryfan and the Cantilever on Glyder Fach, there are many opportunities to get social-media-worthy photographs.
The horseshoe broadly involves scrambles up and down Tryfan, before taking the Bristly Ridge route up to Glyder Fach and finally descending via Y Gribin.
Tryfan itself can, broadly, be as straight-forward as you want. As mentioned in my previous post, if you go do not fall into the trap into thinking there is only one way to the summit and do not blindly follow those in front of you. Pick a route that you think is safest and do not feel pressured into going a certain route.
Bristly ridge is a little less straight forward and there are sections that are definitely a little more exposed and hair-raising. The harder bits can mostly be avoided, but there are sections that are quite vertical and the experience of the group should definitely be taken into consideration.
Finally, after the initial scrambly descent, Y Gribin can either continue to be a slight scramble downhill or a relatively straight-forward walk.
For all of those with a bit of scrambling experience, the region is definitely a must!