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The Glyderau is a group of 11 mountains in the Ogwen Valley, part of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales and formed by the last ice age.

Starting in Llandegai and ending in Capel Curig, the Glyderau’s mountains are Elidir Fawr, Carnedd Y Filiast, Mynydd Perfydd, Foel Goch, Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach, Tryfan, Y Foel Goch, Gallt Yr Ogof and finally Cefn Y Capel.

To many people the word Glyderau specifically refers to the highest peaks in the range, namely Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach. Bridged by Castell Y Gwant and Y Gribin ridge, these two mountains dominate the landscape for miles around – their name derives from the Welsh word “Cludair”, aptly translated as “a heap of stones”.

Most commonly accessed from Ogwen Valley car park, both Glyder Fawr & Fach are enormously popular with walkers, runners and climbers.

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Free Glyderau Trail Routes

This website contains free trail routes for a number of our favourite ways to wander around the Glyderau. These route guides are primarily a record of places we’ve visited often and know extremely well. We advise all site visitors to conduct significant further research before following in our footsteps.

Bristly Ridge & Y Gribin

A monster "up and down" route, only gets better with time and repeat visits.

Devils Kitchen & Y Garn

A true classic Snowdonia short walk, this magical path snakes through the boulders of Glyder Fawr alongside a waterfall before the crowning glory of Y Garn's 360 degree views.

Gallt Yr Ogof

Wet and boggy hillwalking, not the most impressive mountain summit... but possibly the best view of Tryfan one could imagine.

Llyn Idwal Loop

Nice and easy wander, great with family and friends on a nice hot summer's day.

West Side Summits

Monster 11 mile hike taking in all the Glyderau peaks along the Nant Ffrancon valley.

The Best Tryfan Route

As it says on the tin, after literally hundreds of times summiting Tryfan this is what we believe is the best way up and down this legendary mountain.

Glyderau Photo Gallery

Pics from hundreds of visits to the Ogwen Valley and the Glyderau mountains.

How To Find The Glyderau

It’s most common to access the Glyderau from either Ogwen Valley or Capel Curig.

Ogwen Sat Nav postcode: LL57 3LZ (Ogwen Cottage)

Capel Curig car park postcode: LL24 0EN (behind Joe Browns outdoor shop)

Glyderau Videos