Nantlle Ridge Walk
This popular circular walk explores the Nantlle Ridge range of mountains in the Snowdonia National Park. You'll visit a series of imposing peaks with magnificent views over Snowdonia. The scenery is breathtaking as you make your way along one of the finest ridge walks in Britain.
The walk starts from the village of Rhyd Ddu and heads to the first peak of Y Garn which is only about a mile away. At the 633 m (2,077 ft) Y Garn summit you will find a rocky plateau, steep cliffs and cairns.
The route continues to the next peak on the ridge - Mynydd Drws-y-Coed. This exposed peak requires a degree of scrambling to reach the 695 m (2,280 ft) summit.
From here you climb to the second highest peak on the ridge, Trum y Ddysgl. From the 709 m (2,326 ft) summit you can enjoy wonderful views of Mynydd Mawr, Yr Wyddfa and Moel Hebog.
The route then descends to the next peak of Mynydd Tal-y-Mignedd, a subsidiary summit of Trum y Ddysgl. Here you will find a large stone obelisk, put up to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
Continuing south west you come to the highest point on the Nantlle Ridge, Craig Cwm Silyn. From the 734 m (2,408 ft) summit there are wonderful 360 panoramic views of the area. The other peaks on the ridge are Garnedd Goch Mynydd Graig Goch. They are a few miles west of Craig Cwm Silyn and not visited on this walk.
From Craig Cwm Silyn you descend to Cwm Trwsgl, passing a small reservoir and a quarry. The final section then takes you through the attractive woodland of Beddgelert Forest before returning to Rhyd Ddu.
Nantlle Ridge Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Nantlle Ridge Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Nantlle Ridge OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Nantlle Ridge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Cwellyn Arms in Rhyd Ddu is the ideal place to enjoy a rest and a meal after your exercise. There are two cosy lounge areas with “real fires”, which are dog friendly. You can also relax and enjoy homemade food in the 40 seater restaurant with underfloor heating and log burning stove. The inn provides accommodation so is a good choice if you would like to stay over too. You can find it in the village at postcode LL54 6TL for your sat navs.
The ridge is also located near to the popular village of Beddgelert where there are a number of good options for some post walk refreshments. We recommend heading to the Hebog Cafe & Bistro in the village centre next to the river. The food is excellent and there's also a lovely river terrace to sit out and enjoy the surrounding mountainous scenery in the summer months. You can find it in the centre of Beddgelert on Caernarfon Road, with postcode LL55 4UY for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles to the north east there's another popular climb to Y Garn. The route includes a pretty lake and the wonderful Cwm Idwal. In a Radio Times poll in 2005, Cwm Idwal was ranked the 7th greatest natural wonder in Britain.
Just a few miles to the south there's the splendid Cwm Pennant to explore. This stunning valley has a number of walking trails with fine views of the Afon Dwyfor and the surrounding mountains to enjoy.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Beddgelert Walks and the Snowdonia Walks pages.