Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass

Snowdon's famous ridge walk - not for the faint hearted!


Route outline for walk gw153:

Pen y Pass  -  Pyg Track  -  Bwlch y Moch  -  Craig Fach  -  Crib Goch  -  Bwlch Cove  -  Pyg Track  -  Pen y Pass.



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

There is a Snowdon Sherpa bus service that links all the main car parks and starting points for the main routes up Snowdon - including Pen y Pass - and the fare is cheaper than parking for the day at Pen y Pass- if you can find a space that is. You can buy tickets from the driver (Pen y Pass is pronounced 'Pen-uh-pass'). See The Snowdon Sherpa for details.

The final push onto the summit ridge is very steep and often has a large snow cornice quite late into Spring. It can be extremely dangerous for the ill equipped.

The Crib Goch ridge is not for the faint hearted. It is very exposed and airy in places and can be extremely dangerous - particularly in adverse weather conditions.

'Pyg' (as in Pyg Track) is and abbreviation for Pen y Gwryd - the hotel at the bottom of the pass.


Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on this walk:

hewitt
1
Welsh
Mountain
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 Welsh Nuttall
1
Welsh
Nuttall
Dewey
1
Welsh
Dewey
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
0
Welsh
Marilyns
Bridget
0
Bridgets

Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is Crib Goch at 923m (3029ft). Crib Goch is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (14th highest in Wales, 20th highest in England & Wales) Crib Goch is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (15th highest in Wales, 23rd highest in England & Wales). Crib Goch means 'Red Ridge' in Welsh and is pronounced 'kreeb g-och'. The summit of Crib Goch is marked by a rocky outcrop.

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Craig Fach at 609m (1999ft). Craig Fach is also known as a Welsh Dewey (2nd highest in Wales, 3rd in England & Wales) Craig Fach means 'Small Crag' in Welsh and is pronounced 'cry-g vacht'.


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Some Photos and Pictures from Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass

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Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Mount Snowdon (left in distance) and Crib Goch from Craig Fach

Mount Snowdon (left in distance) and Crib Goch from Craig Fach

Photo: Leslie Williams (6)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Vince Wetton on the PYG Track en-route to Snowdon<br>via Crib Goch in 2010

Vince Wetton on the PYG Track en-route to Snowdon
via Crib Goch in 2010

Photo: Robert Taylor-Marriott (1)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Helicopter rescue on Crib Goch

Helicopter rescue on Crib Goch

Photo: Dave Blanchard (3)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Climbing Snowdon via the Pyg track

Climbing Snowdon via the Pyg track

Photo: David Cartwright (11)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - On the Pyg Track

On the Pyg Track

Photo: Ian Lilley (7)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Lynn Llydaw with Y Lliwedd beyond from Crib Goch

Lynn Llydaw with Y Lliwedd beyond from Crib Goch

Photo: George White (2)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Me on Crib Goch (en-route to Snowdon)

Me on Crib Goch (en-route to Snowdon)

Photo: Andrew Batchelder (1)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Crib Goch in the snow

Crib Goch in the snow

Photo: Charles Brown (8)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Crib Goch

Crib Goch

Photo: David Hands (1)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Wild goats on the PYG Track

Wild goats on the PYG Track

Photo: Gemma Bason (2)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Roman standing in the summit of Craig Fach with Glyder Fawr forming the horizon

Roman standing in the summit of Craig Fach with Glyder Fawr forming the horizon

Photo: Leslie Williams (7)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Crib Goch in the snow

Crib Goch in the snow

Photo: Charles Brown (9)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Alix and Molly on Crib Goch

Alix and Molly on Crib Goch

Photo: Paul Gasson (1)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Scrambling on Crib Goch

Scrambling on Crib Goch

Photo: George White (4)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Crib Goch in all its glory with Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) (right) and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) (left) beyond from the start of Crib Goch

Crib Goch in all its glory with Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) (right) and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) (left) beyond from the start of Crib Goch

Photo: Richard Poole (1)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Llechog (Llanberis Path) and the lesser known Tryfan (Snowdon) from The Pass of Llanberis

Llechog (Llanberis Path) and the lesser known Tryfan (Snowdon) from The Pass of Llanberis

Photo: Mike Griffiths (20)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Looking back to Pen-y-Pass from the PYG Track up Mount Snowdon

Looking back to Pen-y-Pass from the PYG Track up Mount Snowdon

Photo: Leslie Williams (5)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - On Crib Goch

On Crib Goch

Photo: Kurt Elliott (1)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Crib Goch

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Crib Goch

Photo: Liz Halpin (4)

Walk gw153 Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - On the Pyg Track

On the Pyg Track

Photo: Ian Lilley (9)


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