Rock Climbing

 

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Rock Climbing on Lliwedd and Clogwyn Du'r Arddu

Introduction
Although quite different to each other in their climbing characteristics, these two cliffs have been lumped together here, as they are both high on the flanks of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) - the highest mountain in Eryri.

Getting to the Cliffs
Since the changes in access, the means of getting to Clogwyn Du'r Arddu has actually simplified. The best method to many is parking in one of the Llanberis car parks and walking up the road from the Victoria Hotel to reach the foot of the Llanberis path up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). About 1 kilometer above Halfway Station on the Snowdon Railway the path leaves the summit track to the right, going over a slight shoulder before contouring round to the base of the cliffs. One can also get to the cliff by walking up Cwm Glas Bach from Nant Peris and getting to just below Clogwyn Station and contouring in - a little more strenuous but shorter.
Getting to Lliwedd is a bit trickier, but this is mainly due to the mountain's popularity, as the Pen y Pass car park soon fills up with just itching to get their feet blistered. The parking is also quite expensive even if you can get in; the best option is to park ones car in either one of the car parks in Llanberis or the car park in Nant Peris and taking a Sherpa Bus up. These don't run in winter, but you wouldn't want to rock climb here then anyway. Unless that is, you had a hankering to behave like the Victorian middle class and go climbing even in the worst of the weather fortified only by your tweeds, a pipe for smoking and an inane sense of trust in your rotting hemp rope.

Access
There is not that much of a problem with access, now that the parking area up by Hafoty has been put out of bounds. You'll just have to walk a little further.

Guidebooks
Clogwyn Du'r Arddu - Published by The Climbers Club. Written by Paul Williams.
Lliwedd - Published by The Climbers Club. Written by Kel Neal.

Maps - Ordnance Survey
Landranger 1:50,000 No. 115
Outdoor Leisiure 1:25,000 No. 17

Remember
New routes information is available on this website, for more detailed information on developments, ask around the shops in Llanberis; or, look through a copy of the new routes books in Pete's Eats.

 

 

 

 


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