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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Nov 3, 2007
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Highest mountain in England and Wales, Yr Wyddfa F...

Description 

Deep, dark, and steeped in history, from King Arthur, to Mallory, Edwards, Kirkus, Brown, Whillans, Boysen, Livesey, Fawcett and onwards. Snowdonia has every kind of rock climbing imaginable; cragging and high mountain routes, mostly traditional, and some of them bloody hard and terrifying!

This is one of the World meccas for climbing - go there.

Getting There 

Landing at London Heathrow, rent a car and drive up the M25 north to the M40 (Oxford) then the M42 to the M5, which joins the M6, when you see the M54 go west to Shrewsbury (my home town). The M54 becomes the A5, an old Roman Road (quite driveable though!), through Llangollen, and eventually to Snowdonia. Get reservations for a B&B in Llanberis. It'll take all afternoon to get there if you land at LHR mid-day. You might want to split the drive somewhere nice and touristy, like Stratford-Upon-Avon, or better yet Shrewsbury.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.4 miles from here

39 Total Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',9],['5.7',3],['5.8',6],['5.9',4],['5.10',16],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Snowdonia:
Flying Buttress   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 5 pitches, 275'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
Creagh Dhu Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   Craig y Castell - Crag of t... : Main Wall
Cemetery Gates   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
Cenotaph Corner   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
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Featured Route For Snowdonia
The pinnacle on Pitch 4 (c) Marc Chrysanthou

Main Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Cyrn Las
One of Britain's best severes - a long and exposed expedition which although technically easy goes through some pretty steep and spectacular terrain. Simply wonderful.1) 70ft 5.6. Left up a slab to a grassy ledge. Up a short corner across another slab then step around an edge on the right and go up to a pulpit ledge.2) 80ft 5.7. Traverse right and up along a gangway to a chimney, a few moves up this lead to a left traverse along a ledge to a piton belay in a corner on the edge of th...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Snowdonia Slideshow Add Photo
Spiderman making a rare slack-roping appearance at...
Spiderman making a rare slack-roping appearance at...
Chris Bonington on the summit of Snowdon with the ...
Chris Bonington on the summit of Snowdon with the ...
A closer view of Yr Wyddfa.
A closer view of Yr Wyddfa.
Llanberis Quarry
Llanberis Quarry

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By Nick Russell
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From: Bristol, UK
Mar 20, 2013
Good to see Shrewsbury (also my hometown) get a mention on here! Did you ever climb at Nesscliffe, Chris?
By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Apr 24, 2013
Hi Nick - oh yes, I don't think there was a guidebook back when I was there, I'm assuming there's one now, I remember climbing some huge dihedral....
By Nick Russell
Administrator
From: Bristol, UK
May 22, 2013
There is indeed a guidebook now, which I just got my hands on. The huge dihedral could have been Red Square? (E1/2 or 5.9/10- ish) Hopefully I'll get to climb there some time this summer and post some routes here.