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Glyder Fach
990m (3249ft)

The Glyders (or Glyderau), Snowdonia, Conwy, Wales

Glyder Fach means 'Small Heap or Small Pile of Stones' in Welsh and is pronounced 'g-lid-der vach'.


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6th highest in Wales,
6th in England & Wales

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Welsh Nuttall
6th highest in Wales,
6th in England & Wales

Walk Glyder Fach walking UK Mountains in The Glyders (or Glyderau) Snowdonia National Park Conwy, Wales

Glyder Fach Summit

Photo: Colin White

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OL17 Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa and Conwy Valley/Dyffryn Conwy


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115 Snowdon & Caernarfon


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Walk gw115 Glyder Fach, Castell y Gwynt and Glyder Fawr from Ogwen Cottage, Llyn Ogwen

A very steep ascent and descent

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 5.5ml (9km)
Ascent:2,854ft (870m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk gw187 Y Garn (Glyderau), Glyder Fawr, Castell y Gwynt and Glyder Fach from Ogwen Cottage, Llyn Ogwen

A strenuous walk to dramatic views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7ml (11km)
Ascent:3,308ft (1,008m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk gw102 The Welsh 3000's (Glyderau) from Llanberis

5 of the 15 Welsh 3000's

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12.5ml (18.5km)
Ascent:5,327ft (1,624m)
Time:9½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Glyder Fach Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Glyder Fach

Daniel Moran walked up Glyder Fach on March 5th, 2021 [from/via/route] Lake below [with] Solo [weather] Sun & snow on the ground - Devils kitchen

Adrian Haywood climbed Glyder Fach on April 9th, 2022 [from/via/route] Devil's Kitchen [with] Mike, Celia and Darryl [weather] mixed

Stephanie Doyle bagged Glyder Fach on August 6th, 2022 [from/via/route] Devil's Kitchen [with] Solo [weather] Nice

Donovan Suddell hiked Glyder Fach on July 13th, 2022 [from/via/route] llyn Ogwen & Tryfan North Ridge [with] Wife [weather] Lots of sunny intervals

Andrew Cotter summited Glyder Fach on April 4th, 2015 [weather] Sunny

Melfyn Parry conquered Glyder Fach on September 1st, 2019 [from/via/route] Oggy 4, Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach & Tryfan. Start point SH655602, car park after brew shack at Ogwen Lake. Ascent of Y Garn, steep path with upper slopes of scree. Descent to Llyn y Cwn for a short coffee break before making ascent of Glyder Fawr. This path was mainly scree, quite steep with poor visibility. Summit in low cloud, difficult to make out path, use of Satmap confirmed needed to be further to the right, spotted cairn which confirmed correct path, were able to follow line of cairns to toward Glyder Fach. Weather cleared briefly to show views down over Llyn Cwm Ffynnon to Pen y Gwryd Hotel. Circumnavigated Castell y Gwynt to Glyder Fach before descending Brisly scree path to Bwlch Tryfan. Stopped for lunch before ascending Tryfan south ridge. Weather was much better here & Tryfan was clear & quite busy. Descent via western gulley was tough on the knees & thighs & we were subjected to heavy showers for last half mile to car park. [with] PRC [weather] Poor most of the time occasional sunny spells but cold.

Neall Garrad scaled Glyder Fach on June 22nd, 2007 [from/via/route] 15 peaks route from Nant Peris to Llanfairfechan [with] Andy, Chris, John and Warren [weather] Mixed

Mark Smith walked up Glyder Fach on July 9th, 2021 [with] Alstom group [weather] thick cloud

Andy Buxton climbed Glyder Fach on June 22nd, 1968 [from/via/route] 14 Peaks (but done before & since) [with] BVGS

Angela Moroney bagged Glyder Fach during 2011 - 2017 3PEAKS

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Glyder Fach

Temperature Inversion - Glyder Fach and Glyder Fach poking out of a sea of clouds from Carnedd Moel Siabod

Temperature Inversion - Glyder Fach and Glyder Fach poking out of a sea of clouds from Carnedd Moel Siabod

Photo: Mike Knipe (210)

Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Photo: Gerard Molloy (4)

Glyder Fawr from Glyder Fach

Glyder Fawr from Glyder Fach

Photo: Alan Butterworth (3)

Tryfan from Glyder Fach

Tryfan from Glyder Fach

Photo: Geoff Smithson (65)

360 degree view from Moel Penamnen summit featuring (from left to right): The Moelwyns - Moelwyn Bach, Craigysgafn & Moelwyn Mawr, Allt-fawr, Moel Druman & Ysgafell Wen, Moel Farlwyd (foreground above/left of blue lake), Yr Aran (pointed peak above Moel Farlwyd), Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) & Y Lliwedd, The Glyderau - Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr & Tryfan, Carnedd Moel Siabod, Y Ro Wen, Foel-fras (Moelwyns), Manod Mawr (above two light blue lakes) and The Arenigs - Arenig Fawr & Arenig Fach.

360 degree view from Moel Penamnen summit featuring (from left to right): The Moelwyns - Moelwyn Bach, Craigysgafn & Moelwyn Mawr, Allt-fawr, Moel Druman & Ysgafell Wen, Moel Farlwyd (foreground above/left of blue lake), Yr Aran (pointed peak above Moel Farlwyd), Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) & Y Lliwedd, The Glyderau - Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr & Tryfan, Carnedd Moel Siabod, Y Ro Wen, Foel-fras (Moelwyns), Manod Mawr (above two light blue lakes) and The Arenigs - Arenig Fawr & Arenig Fach.

Photo: Dafydd Morgan (43)

Andy, Ste, Coxy and Guy on Glyder Fach

Andy, Ste, Coxy and Guy on Glyder Fach

Photo: Andrew Dixon (1)

Mount Snowdon from Glyder Fach

Mount Snowdon from Glyder Fach

Photo: Alan Butterworth (1)

Bristly Ridge and Glyder Fach from Llyn Ogwen

Bristly Ridge and Glyder Fach from Llyn Ogwen

Photo: Chris Player (2)

Glyder Fach and Y Garn (Glyderau) from Foel-goch summit

Glyder Fach and Y Garn (Glyderau) from Foel-goch summit

Photo: Peter Scholes (7)

The famous cantilever stone on Glyder Fach

The famous cantilever stone on Glyder Fach

Photo: Don Williams (4)

Nant Ffrancon from Glyder Fach

Nant Ffrancon from Glyder Fach

Photo: Alan Butterworth (2)

Glyder Fach, Tryfan and Glyder Fawr from Creigiau Gleision (North Top)

Glyder Fach, Tryfan and Glyder Fawr from Creigiau Gleision (North Top)

Photo: Mike Griffiths (3)

Sunset over Llyn Lockwood (centre bottom), Llyn Gywant, Y Lliwedd and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from the Miner's Track near Glyder Fach

Sunset over Llyn Lockwood (centre bottom), Llyn Gywant, Y Lliwedd and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from the Miner's Track near Glyder Fach

Photo: Gemma Bason (3)

Castell y Gwynt from Glyder Fach

Castell y Gwynt from Glyder Fach

Photo: Geoff Smithson (64)

Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr from Foel-goch summit cairn

Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr from Foel-goch summit cairn

Photo: Peter Scholes (11)

Llyn Bochlywd from Glyder Fach

Llyn Bochlywd from Glyder Fach

Photo: Colin White (6)

Tryfan & Glyder Fach (in cloud) from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Tryfan & Glyder Fach (in cloud) from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Photo: Ade Campbell (2)

On the  Cantilever Stone, Glyder Fach

On the  Cantilever Stone, Glyder Fach

Photo: Damien Baker (1)

Y Gribin (Glyderau) and Glyder Fach from Glyder Fawr

Y Gribin (Glyderau) and Glyder Fach from Glyder Fawr

Photo: Geoff Smithson (69)

My best friend on top of the cantilever on Glyder Fach

My best friend on top of the cantilever on Glyder Fach

Photo: Andrew Spicer (1)


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