Eastern Terrace of Cloggy Scramble

By The Bald Scrambler

Cloggy

Published By: Daniel Woodley. Updated: 1st May 2024. Filed at: Snowdon 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.

I’ve scrambled up the Eastern Terrace of Cloggy several times and while it’s not the most technical scramble, I love it enough to keep coming back. The views from the terrace are worth the effort alone and the scrambling is fun.

Below you’ll find photos, maps, video and a route description for this scramble which is graded by some as a 1+ and others as a 2.

Haven’t seen my video yet? Here it is:

Please read my disclaimer before reading further as scrambling is a dangerous sport and there are plenty of wet, slimy, slippery and steep sections on this route!

I suggest attempting this route in the summer after a period of dry weather as the lower part of the terrace holds water and slime.

Approach

I’ve always come up the Llanberis Path and taken a right at the fork after the halfway house and before Clogwyn Station.

The path under the imposing cliffs is easy to follow and ends at the start of the scramble.

Not sure where to go? Here’s a map to the starting point:

Download file for GPS

Start of the Scramble

The first part of the scramble starts below the cliff and is over a mixture of grass, moss and rocks.

You may be tempted to enter the short gully (with a boulder jammed at the top) but this is hopelessly steep and often very wet. Instead, I took a right over an exposed step and onto the grassy zigzag path, as shown in my photo below:

Eastern terrace of cloggy scramble - start
The zigzag path

The Scramble Proper

At the top of the grassy zigzag path, the scramble proper begins:

The start of the Eastern Terrace scramble

As you can see, this route is often wet and slippery, especially at the start (best attempted in summer):

Wet rocks on the Eastern Terrace of Cloggy

There’s plenty of exposure on the Eastern Terrace but the route is essentially a series of steps over terrain that is sometimes loose. Careful foot placement is essential here to avoid slipping or knocking loose rocks onto climbers below.

Needless to say, this is a serious scrambling route with very little to stop you from falling off the cliff should you slip:

The mid section on the Eastern Terrace of Cloggy

Topping out of the Eastern Terrace

The upper section of the Eastern Terrace is much looser with plenty of smaller rocks and stones to be wary of.

Finally, the route ends near the Snowdon Ranger Path:

The top of the Eastern Terrace

My Rating

On the UKC website, the general consensus is that this route is a grade 2 but I’m in the minority as I rate it 1+ which is the same rating as in Steve Ashton’s Scrambles in Snowdonia book.

While there’s plenty of exposure, the only two sections I found challenging were the exposed step onto the grassy zigzag path and the first slippery section of the terrace proper, neither felt as difficult as Bristly Ridge, which is a grade 1 scramble.

I believe the exposure and the fact this is an underused route make it feel more challenging than it is. Nevertheless, this is still a potentially dangerous route and no place for beginners and novices!

You may want to bring a helmet, especially if there will be people ahead of you.

Also, in the summer, this route is used as a descent by climbers so it may be busy.

Please be careful and avoid dislodging rocks onto climbers and scramblers below.

Continuation

From the Snowdon Ranger path, you can ascend to the Llanberis path and go up Snowdon or down to the town.

There are other scrambles a reasonable distance away, such as Crib Goch.

You can also descend the Snowdon Ranger path and take the connecting circular path back into the town of Llanberis.

Route Profile and Information

Scrambling Grade: Grade 1+ in Steve Ashton’s guide but with grade inflation, some folks online now suggest it’s a grade 2. I rate this a 1+ but with plenty of exposure.

Suitability for Beginners: In my opinion, it’s not suitable for complete beginners who should gain experience with other lower-grade routes first.

Navigation: Avoid the short gully with steep walls and a boulder jammed at the top, it’s hopelessly steep for the unroped scrambler.

Dangers: Moss, lichen, wet slimy rocks, loose rocks, exposure and a steep drop with few places to break your fall should you slip.

Approach Time: 1hr 15mins.

Height Gain: 150 metres or so.

Popularity: Not very popular, but plenty of climbers use it as a descent in the summer.

Fun Rating: 7/10.

My Likes: I love the views and enjoy the exposed terrace. It certainly makes for a spicy detour from the somewhat drab Llanberis Path.

My Dislikes: Wet and slippery in places and loose underfoot in places. Best attempted after a period of dry weather.

More:

I’ve scrambled up the Eastern Terrace of Cloggy several times and it’s an unusual route but well worth the detour from the Llanberis Path.

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 Snowdon 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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