Y Gribin Scramble in the Glyderau

By The Bald Scrambler

Glyderau

Published By: Daniel Woodley. Updated: 7th May 2024. Filed at: Glyderau Scrambles. Disclosure: I may earn a commission from purchases made via links. Disclaimer: Scrambling is a dangerous sport, this route description does not provide step-by-step instructions. Read Disclaimer.

This page refers to Y Gribin in the Glyderau and not Y Gribin near Snowdon. Y Gribin translates to “The Ridge” and well, there are plenty of ridges in Wales!

This is a short grade 1 scramble that can be used to reach Glyder Fawr or Glyder Fach and is often used as a descent option from these peaks.

There’s also interest in scrambling up this ridge, with an option to drift leftwards onto the steepest part of the ridge or rightwards where the ground is less rugged and somewhat safer.

There was a fatality on this ridge in early 2023, I believe the scrambler was on the edge of the ridge, on the leftmost side when a rock he was holding gave way. This may appear to be an easy and straightforward scramble but it can be dangerous, especially on the left side.

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Below you’ll find a map, route description, photos and other helpful information for this grade 1 scramble.

This isn’t a step-by-step guide but a detailed overview of the scramble as I’ve experienced it on the many times I’ve been up there.

Please read my disclaimer as scrambling is a dangerous sport and there are dangers on this route!

Parking For Y Gribin

There are currently over 200 car parking spaces in laybys and car parks next to the A5 road, most are free of charge as of 2024, but this is a popular area on weekends in the summer and bank holidays.

See my car parking map here.

Nearest postcode for parking: LL57 3LZ (Ogwen Cottage).

Approach

The approach to Y Gribin is easy to find and traverse.

Starting on the path behind Ogwen Cottage, head up to Llyn Bochlwyd and at the lake, take the path anti-clockwise and follow the rising path onto the ridge.

From here the path is easy to follow.

Here’s a map from Ogwen Cottage up to the lower ridge, just below Y Gribin proper.

Download file for GPS
Approach to Y Gribin

The lower ridge offers delightful hiking with views down to the lake and up to Y Garn in the background.

The Scramble

The scramble itself is straightforward and well within grade 1 territory.

Here’s a photo I took just below the main scrambling section on the ridge:

The scrambling on Y Gribin

The great thing about this scramble is you can make it more challenging by moving to the edge (left) where there’s more rugged climbing over rocks with a steep drop down the mountain.

Or, you can stay right of the edge where the terrain is less steep.

Top of the Y Gribin scramble

The top of the scramble (stay left for exposure and to the right for the safer line).

Here’s a photo of me looking back at the easier line on this scramble.

I stayed away from the edge on this day because it was icy:

Looking back at Y Gribin

Topping Out and Continuation

The top of the scramble finishes on a grassy plateau that’s about a kilometre or so away from the summits of Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr.

There are several options for a continuation:

  • Over to Bristly Ridge which can be used as a descent, with care.
  • Over to Glyder Fawr and then down the scree slope, then onto Devil’s Kitchen area.
  • Seniors Ridge descent (hard to follow in cloud).
Glyder Fawr

The top of the scramble, a flat plateau with views to Glyder Fawr.

Route Profile and Information

Scrambling Grade: Grade 1 in Steve Ashton’s guide.

Suitability for Beginners: Yes, but be careful near the left edge where dangers are present.

Navigation: I’ve always found it easy to find and the continuation onto the plateau is straightforward. This route is popular in descent.

Dangers: Moss, lichen, loose rocks and a few steep sections on the left edge.

Time: 2-2.5 hours up to Glyder Fawr.

Popularity: More popular in descent.

Fun Rating: 5/10.

My Likes: A short quick route up to Glyder Fawr.

My Dislikes: It’s too short, the good scrambling is over too quickly.

Nearby Routes in Snowdonia:

Both Cneifion Arete and Maybe Tower Rib (both grade 3) exit onto the ridge. Bristly Ridge is a viable descent option at grade 1.

More:

I’ve scrambled up Y Gribin several times and it’s a great descent route down to the Ogwen Valley.

This scramble is also included in Steve Ashton’s “Scrambles in Snowdonia”, which is a bible of sorts for scramblers.

If you’re new to scrambling or want to find new routes, try this compact book that is small enough to fit in your backpack and maybe even your pocket.

Recommended Guide Book:

Scrambles in Snowdonia

Scrambles in Snowdonia by Steve Ashton (#ad)

About Daniel Woodley

These photos and route descriptions were created by Daniel Woodley, aka The Bald Scrambler and this page forms part of the Glyderau Range Scrambles.

From walking along beaches and kayaking down rivers to making his way up mountains and even jumping out of planes, Daniel has a love of the outdoors but scrambling is his real passion.

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Daniel Woodley

Daniel Woodley aka The Bald Scrambler

Have fun, keep safe. Hopefully I’ll see you on the mountains one day

By The Bald Scrambler

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