About this walk
The Glyders (or Glyderau in Welsh) are mountain range in the mid-north part of Snowdonia, containing four of the Welsh 3000 summits. They nestle between the Carneddau and Snowdon massifs, separating the Ogwen Valley from the better-known Llanberis Pass. The Glyders are home to the famous cantilever stone, a massive overhanging stone that is capable of supporting a whole group, even though it doesn't look like it!
This walk aims to take in the two main summits of Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr, and the minor summit of Castell y Gwynt. We aim to return you back to the main A5 before dark and in time for a well-earned tea and cake at a local cafe.
How fit will I need to be?
This is a long day with lots of steep ascent on uneven paths, so a good level of mountain fitness is required.
What will the ground be like?
The ground on the Glyders is on well-worn and solid rocky ground, with only short sections of soft, boggy areas to be covered near the road. Once we have ascended the steep ground onto the main plateau, the walk meanders past the famous cantilever stone, and the jagged beauty of Castell y Gwynt. Be sure to pack waterproof walking boots with good ankle support, as well as waterproof coat and overtrousers. See our kit list for details.
What will we see?
If the weather permits, the Glyders afford views across all of Snowdonia: Snowdon itself, the Carneddau, Tryfan and the Nant Ffrancon Valley. Views south cover Moel Siabod, the Moelwyns, as well as most of Cardigan Bay on a good day.
Where will we start from?
We will meet at the Siabod Cafe, in Capel Curig, where your experience, fitness, and the terrain and the day's weather conditions will be discussed. We will then choose a route that is relevant to the day's conditions, your aspirations and the overall ability of the group. Then take a short drive to start from the long layby on the A5 near to Glan Dena, just west of Capel Curig. .