Y Lliwedd

Posted by Brian Sayle on 8 June 2018 | Comments

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Y Lliwedd, one of the few peaks I still wanted to do on the Snowdon Massif and the only one I hadn't done on the Snowdon Horseshoe ridge walk. Starting the day at the Pen-y-Pass car park, I was a bit worried I might not get a space in the car park on such a nice day, Friday afternoon at 3pm I arrived but luckily there was a few spots, maybe now that the £5 ticket has been done away and its a flat rate of £10 to park I'm guessing it might be easier to park, either way I was in and it was onto the Miners Path to get the route started.

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Heading along the very busy but also easy to follow path, prior to reaching the causeway across Llyn Llydaw we reach this fork in the path around SH635545, taking the left hand path will take us along to a much quieter route and off the motorway!!

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Nice view across Llyn Llydaw towards Crib Goch. Not the best day for photography, strong sun, im heading towards it and the walk was far too long for messing about with tripods

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Looking back across the small bridge that crosses the ford clearly marked on the map, on the left there we can see the spot on the PYG track where you get the first view of the summit of Snowdon on that route

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View from around SH632542 that shows the profile of the ridge ahead

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There is a slight amount of scrambling along this route, its starts off heading up on a stoned path but there are several short areas where hands will be required, nothing more strenuous then the Devils Kitchen

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Ships passing in the night, in the distance Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach on the Glyderau

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Lliwedd Bach, my first noted peak on the day at 818m/2683ft

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Crib Goch looks great from this side of the lake, Miners Path down below heading up towards Llyn Glaslyn

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Leaving Lliwedd Bach SH628532 we pass this small cairn and a view south east

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Another scramble up to the Y Lliwedd East Peak 893m (2,930ft) SH623532 and a few hikers came into view, which was nice for some scale

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Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) 1,065m/3,494ft on the left and Llyn Llydaw below, the strong shadow is a sign the sun is getting low

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Finally Y Lliwedd West Peak at 898m (2,946ft) only 5 meters extra height from its sister peak

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Heading down from the West Peak 898m, rather be coming down then going up perhaps but I still have to make the summit of Snowon and its still a few hours before reaching the car!!

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A very hard walk for sure, which is great however the route now joins the Watkin Path for a further 200m ascent to the summit, and IMO its one of the hardest assents in Snowdonia on the legs, its mostly scree and after all the effort needed to get just to this spot its a hard slog, but when the skies are clear and i knew there might be a decent sunset the clock was ticking. Friday night about 8.30pm, the summit was as busy as I have ever seen it, about 20 people came and went but that included several people who were camping out for the weekend.
On this night it was great walking back to the car solo in the dark, once on the Miners Track I did bump into quite a few star gazers who had come out to take advantage of the lack of light pollution in Snowdonia

This set of images on Facebook has a lot more images from the trip that shows much more of the route Facebook Album from Y Lliwedd

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