Rock Climbing


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This forthcoming guidebook will be a totally new area; making more geographic sense than the old guides. It will combine the well-known areas of the Moelwyn and what was previously known as Central Wales (Cader Idris & Cwm Cywarch). The area will also include emergent climbing areas such as the Rhinogau (not Rhinogs please!) and the cliffs around Arennig Fawr. This is indeed a vast area, there is no one central point of activity - accesses to various cliffs are quite seperate.

More information will be added to this section in the future.

The main centre is the old slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog; there are numerous areas now, with recent developments. However, for the traditional climbing areas above the road to Llyn Stwlan, the parking is dicey - do not leave valuables in your car and make the car look empty. Numerous break-ins have occurred here.

Dyffryn Lledr (Lledr Valley)
With many small outcrops the area is a hidden treasure trove of esoteric gems.

More info soon

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The climbing on Aran is mainly based upon Gist Ddu. Access has been a problem here - more info soon.

Craig Cwm Cywarch
Beautifully located at the head of Cwm Cywarch, this vast cliff is home to a number of fine routes. Some of the routes have a big feel to them, being exposed and on almost virgin territory; they don't seem like paths. Plenty of parking can be found down at the 'common' but take care not to offend by bloking access tracks or gates - this area has had access problems in the past.

Cader Idris
The northern scarp of Cader Idris is an imposing feature, dominating the skyline when heading south towards Dolgellau. Most of the easier routes are to be found on Cyfrwy and are best accessed along the Fox's path starting from the Gwernan Lake Hotel at OS Ref. 704 159. Mynydd Moel & Twr Du can also be accessed from here.

Craig Cau has changed a great deal in recent years; many modern developments have taken place here - more info soon. The easiest access is from the Idris Gates parking area at OS Ref. 734 115

Maps - Ordnance Survey
Landranger 1:50,000 No. 124 (mainly) and 135
Outdoor Leisiure 1:25,000 No's. 18 &23

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. Eric's caff also has new routes developed in this area.





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