Beat the crowds with esoteric scrambles in North Wales!

With so many scrambles in the Uk we often seem to gravitate towards the classics or well known peaks like Tryfan and Crib Goch, but what about the quieter or lesser known scrambles? This list will hopefully give you some inspiration or offer you some quieter options to try during the busy summer months.

Y-Cribyn , Snowdon


Nestled between Lliwedd and Snowdon lies a gem of a scramble that seldom sees traffic, it may be shorter than some of the more popular routes but its a ridge not to be missed. Y Cribyn is grade 1 which means you shouldn’t need a rope and will usually offer an easier way around the difficulties, that being said Y Cribyn does have some tricky steps and the lack of traffic means it can be greasy when wet, extra care should be taken in anything but dry conditions.

Daear Ddu ridge Moel Siabod

Sam and Ben making easy work of Daear Ddu ridge

Moel siabod offers a number of ways to the top but none are as fun as the Daear Ddu ridge. Rising up from Llyn Foel the ridge offers some great sections of scrambling where you can avoid the most difficult sections using the path to the left. In good weather the summit offers panoramic views of Snowdonia

Crib Goch North Ridge

Crib Goch North Ridge
Crib Goch North Ridge

Rising out of Cwm Uchaff you will find the red screes of Crib Goch North Ridge. This alternative start to Crib Goch gets far less traffic than its neighbor and offers some excellent exposed positions, don’t treat it to lightly though, the ridge is no different to Crib Goch and should be treated as a serious undertaking. You can either continue along Crib Goch east ridge to Snowdon summit or drop down and return via the pyg track.

Y Gribin (Glyders) True start

Nikki and her Father Ian making their way to the start of the ridge

Gribin is found in the Glyderau and offers a fun way to get to Glyder Fach or Glyder Fawr. The rock is all good quality and gives plenty of opportunities to escape off or turn up the difficulties. This route also makes a great descent when combined with Bristly Ridge.


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Mountains are dangerous places with the possibility of injury or death, if your unsure of your abilities you should take on the services of a qualified Mountain Leader or Mountaineering Instructor. The author holds no responsibility for any injury, death, limb loss or relationship failures that may occur. You are responsible for your own actions.


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