Nantlle Ridge

Posted by Brian Sayle on 6 June 2017 | Comments

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This was a great walk that started in the small village of Rhyd Ddu. The first time I did Snowdon it was on the Rhyd Ddu path, this time from pretty much the same spot I headed west on a route I was seeing for the first time. Spoilt for choice in this part of Snowdonia on where to go, was I making the right call? These photos are in the order I took them.

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The start of this walk is a bit of a slog, through a small section of farmland on a well marked path, over a few styles, then up a steep well trodden path. Apart from the view back east towards Yr Aran there isnt much to see ahead

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On the other side of this style is the peak of Y Garn, not to be confused with the Glyderau summit of the same name. This one is on a rocky plateau with wonderful views of Mynydd Mawr

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This is the easterly end of the ridge and the summit has two large shelter cairns (633 m or 2,077 ft)

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Mynydd Drws-y-Coed, this is a great scramble. The west side on the right of the picture, is very steep, and a good head for heights will be needed on this exposed area of the ridge.

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Just beyond the summit, 695 m (2,280 ft), is this style although the fence has long gone, I crossed the style anyway :) Great view of Mount Snowdon today.

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Heading now towards Trum y Ddysgl, the second highest summit on the ridge. 

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Looking back towards Mynydd Drws-y-Coed

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This is Mynydd Tal-y-Mignedd 653 m (2,142 ft). The forth peak on the ridge for me and I decided to make this my final one. Even thou it was very clear and the weather was great  I decide to make this my last stop and head back to Mynydd Drws-y-Coed for the sunset. I started the walk at 3.45pm, planning on staying out for about 6 hours. Maybe a bit late in the day to begin but it was such a glorious evening it was worth it

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This large stone obelisk was erected to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee circa 1897. Craig Cwm Silyn in the distance is the highest point of the ridge at 734 m (2,408 ft), good excuse to go back!

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On my way back now you can see the obelisk. This part of the ridge is a good example of an Arete, a sharp mountain ridge formed when two glaciers erode headwards towards one another

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Looking northeast from Trum y Ddysgl, Snowdonia looks amazing from this location

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I took this next shot from the lowest part of the ridge as seen above, stunning view! Good example of why I love the mountains so much

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Last shot, this was a few seconds exposure, in reality it was a bit darker then it looks and shows why I didn't want to hang around the other end of the ridge, doing this in the dark for the first time might not off been so sensible. In all a stunning day and a great introduction for me to the celebrated Nantlle Ridge

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There should be about 45 images on Facebook from this trip, thanks.

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