A walk in the Glyderau
We started the day by parking at Idwal Cottage, and walking up to Llyn Idwal. We crossed the footbridge and followed the path around the north side of the lake. We saw some other people taking the path up to Y Garn, a route I had not previously considered, but may in the future. The cloud was at about 600 metres, denying us a view of the the top of the cliffs ahead of us. The path up Clogwyn y Geifr is quite steep, but absolutely unmissable. There were a couple of large steps where the dog struggled, but a helpful shove was all that was needed.
By the time the path levelled out, we were obviously in the cloud, and the path became boggy and indistinct, as we were close to Llyn y Cwn, although we couldn't see it. A path leads south-east up the slopes of Glyder Fawr, but due to the cloud and lack of path, I simply followed my instinct. (The batteries in the GPS had run out by this time). Luckily we were in the right place, and the the path opened out into a bland, featureless terrain. The ground was stony, making the path indistinct, but thankfully there are small piles of stones every 20 metres or so, so as you reached one pile, the next pile was just about visible. As we approached the top of Glyder Fawr, the terrain became more rocky, and at what appeared to be the summit a lump of rock protruded out of the ground. As we reached it however, there appeared to be another one 20 metres further on. I still don't know where exactly the summit is. That will have to wait for a finer day. We stopped for a snack, and I wiped the mist from my glasses, while the dog begged me to carry on walking.
From Glyder Fawr the now familiar pattern of join the dots/piles of stones continued. There was light smattering of snow on Bwlch y Ddwy Glyder, but nothing to write home about. As we approached Castell Y Gwynt the path became indistinct, and we ended up scrambling over boulders (quite difficult for the dog) for a short distance. As we came to the top of this pile, we looked back and spotted a convenient path going round the boulders! We carried on and somehow ended up just south of the summit of Glyder Fawr, so a little more impromptu scrambling saw us at the top. From here the famous Cantilever stone is a stone's throw away. As the views were none existent I considered whether to climb the Cantilever Stone, but fearing missing an opportunity, I did it anyway. The dog couldn't manage to get up, and she looked quite worried several metres beneath me, wondering where I was going. While on the stone, a brief parting of the clouds presented a slight glimpse down to the valley below, then 30 seconds later it was gone. That was the only view we saw for hours.
From Glyder Fach we followed the path marked on the map down a scree slope to Bwlch Tryfan. This is very steep, and soon becomes quite loose scree.
Once we reached Bwlch Tryfan, which took quite some time, we stopped for lunch, then contined down to Cwm Bochlwyd, where we had been only 2 weeks previous.
From Llyn Bochlwyd we took the path to Llyn Idwal, stopping to take a picture of Tryfan in cloud.
For some unknown reason I then moved about 3 feet and took the same picture again.
From above Gribin Facet we could see up and down the Ogwen valley…
…and over Llyn Idwal to Clogwyn y Geifr and the Devil's Kitchen.
From here the descent to the shore of Llyn Idwal is quite steep, but the path joins the main path round Llyn Idwal, and the car park at Idwal Cottage is just a gentle stroll away, although the cloud lifted just long enough for a view of Tryfan.