"Elidir Fawr, Deiniolen Path" Snowdonia Things to Do Tip by Evenith666
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At 3,031 ft (924 metres), Elidi Fawr is the highest mountain in the Glyderau range, and the 14th highest mountain in Wales. The walk can be split into two stages. From Deiniolen to the Marchlyn Mawr resevoir and from here to the summit.
The first stage of the walk is quite shallow and the road zig-zags along the last stretch to the resevoir. Experienced climbers can cut a good hour of the overall time by not following the road and climbing up the steep slopes.
The second stage of the walk is much more difficult. The climb to the top of the mountain is a scramble over piles and piles of slate, and the decent can be even more daunting.
Climbers must have some good experience or scrambles before attempting to climb to the summit of Elidir Fawr, as falls from near the top will almost certainly result in death or very serious injury.
I would deffinately reccomend the mountain to climbers however, as the views of the North Wales coastline and Anglesey are breathtaking. At one point you can see all four coasts of Anglesey. The views of Llanberris and Snowdon which are offered to those who reach the summit are also breathtaking.
As Elidir is not as well climbed as other mountains such as Snowdon, there is no real distinct path to the summit which means climbers must use their own instincts as to what is the best way up. We found that by climbing up a little after the resevoir and then circling the summit untill you reach the other side (where there is a fence and views of Llanberris lake) gave us a shallower asscent. If you had walking poles you could probably carry on straight up from the resevoir. We opted for this route on our decent and allthough fine to go down, would have been much more difficult to go up.
Unlike Snowdon, which is usually bustling with people, Elidir is very quiet. You should always go up with someone else, and make sure you have some adequate signalling equipment such as a torch or whistle to attract attention.
The OS Explorer map for snowdon is a must for this (OL17)
Address: Deiniolen, Gwynedd
Directions: Deiniolen is accessible by bus from Bangor and Caernarfon. The 85 Llanberris service from Bangor takes around ten minutes to get to Deiniolen.
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