A leg stretch on Y-Garn (947m)

Despite the weather remaining extremely wet and blustery, we just had to get out and about and up into the mountains of Snowdonia. We decided that today’s walk should take in the summit of Y Garn above Llyn Idwal in the Ogwen valley.

Elaine on summit of Y Garn in Snowdonia

We waited until mid morning to see if the weather abated a bit: but no such luck. So at around 11:00 we took the path adjacent to the Llyn Ogwen Youth Hostel and headed up towards Llyn Idwal and then round the Llyn (lake) to reach the “Devils Kitchen”: an imposing headwall of cliffs that is breached via a small ravine right in the centre.

Even though the weather was really poor there was a two-man team climbing “Faith” route on the Idwal Slabs – pretty hardcore due of the awful conditions.

Descending from Y Garn in Snowdonia

From the top of Devils Kitchen it was a straightforward walk to the summit of Y Garn (947m or 3,107’). By this stage the wind was picking up to the forecasted 60mph gusts, with driving rain. We stopped only briefly for a spot of lunch before hurrying down via the north-east ridge for a cup of tea and currant slice at the kiosk café by the Youth Hostel.

Here’s hoping that the winter weather improves :-).

About Cameron Speirs

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Cameron, has been interested in outdoor pursuits since he was a wee lad. Over the last few decades he has climbed extensively in the Italian Dolomites as well as summiting the Matterhorn and several other 4000m alpine peaks. Closer to home he has spent many wonderful weekends mountaineering and biking in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Skye and Lochaber.
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