Mountains in England & Wales starting with G
|Glasgwm (2500ft+) , in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales), is a domed mountain standing NW of Cwm Cywarch. Its SE slopes facing the Cwm form an impressive craggy face (Craig Cywarch); but above and beyond this lies a wide expanse of gently-sloping moor with a small tarn, Llyn y Fign, just 100m S of the summit.
Its ascent from Cywarch makes a pleasant afternoon round walk; or it may be coupled with its loftier neighbour Aran Fawddwy (2500ft+) in a longer full day excursion.
|Glyder Fawr (3000ft+) is the highest top of the mountain group lying S of the A5 Llyn Ogwen/Nant Ffrancon road and N of the A4086 Capel Curig to Llanberis road in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales). Its northern flanks are craggy with several cwms (corries) two of which have llyns (lakes).
The summit of Glyder Fawr is a broad stony dome, from which an undulating ridge runs E over Bwlch y Ddwy Glyder (919m) to Glyder Fach (994m), a substantial subsidiary top characterised by curious formations of slabs of rock lying on edge with a few erratic blocks resting loosely on top. The ridge then continues E to Y Foel Goch (805m) and Gallt yr Ogof (763m) before descending to the Afon Llugwy near Capel Curig, a total distance of 8km.
Approaches from Llyn Ogwen show the topography to best advantage, and enable the traverse to be combined with Tryfan (qv), Y Garn (qv) or both of these.
|Grasmoor (2500ft+) rises boldly above the E side of Crummock Water, in the Lake District (England), presenting to the W a continuously steep slope of scree and crags from valley almost to summit. In contrast, the mountain top is a broad grassy plateau.
To the E a grassy slope leads to the wide col with Crag Hill (839m), which stands at the hub of the local range. Crag Hill connects to Grisedale Pike (qv) by a N ridge which crosses Coledale Hause, an easily-graded pass between Braithwaite to the NE and Crummock Water to the W. There are also ridges from Crag Hill to the E (to Sail 773m, Scar Crags 672m and Causey Pike 637m) and to the SW (to Wandope 772m and Whiteless Pike 660m), which make pleasant longer routes to Grasmoor.
The direct ascent from the W is unattractively steep and relentless; however, a ridge from the SE side of the summit plateau (Lad Hows) runs S turning SW and provides a more attractive direct approach route from Crummock Water.
|Great Gable (2500ft+) stands boldly at the hub of Wasdale, Ennerdale and Borrowdale, in the Lake District (England), and commands excellent views all round.
Great Gable has a domed stony summit which is surrounded by steeper rock, and some simple scrambling is required to reach the summit by all routes. It dominates upper Wasdale, its SW slopes rising 800m in unbroken steep scree surmounted by the Napes Crags. Likewise its N face, with Gable Crag, dominates upper Eskdale. It connects with Kirk Fell (qv) via a steep broad NW ridge down to Beck Head, and similarly to its subsidiary top Green Gable (801m) by a NE ridge. From Green Gable the ridge divides, with a branch running NE to Base Brown (646m) whilst the main watershed ridge between Ennerdale and Borrowdale continues N over Brandreth (715m) and Grey Knotts (697m) to the Honister Pass.
The least steep and most popular tourist route to the summit (the Breast Track) ascends the SE flanks from the Sty Head Pass, but there are some seriously eroded and slippery sections, and routes via Green Gable or Kirk Fell will be preferred by regular mountain walkers.
|Grisedale Pike (2500ft+) , in the Lake District (England), is a shapely peak with a pointed top at the meeting of 3 ridges.
The E ridge (Sleet How) turns gently NNE and descends into Whinlatter Forest; but before entering the forest it gives off a lower-level ridge (Kinn) running NE towards Braithwaite village. The Kinn and Sleet How ridges give an excellent and popular route of ascent.
The N ridge, rarely used by walkers, divides 400m N of the summit into NNE and NNW ridges, the latter running to Hobcarton End (634m), and both finishing in forestry above Whinlatter Pass. The SW ridge runs 1km to a nameless subsidiary top at 739m. From this top a good track descends SW to Coledale Hause, from whence Coledale may be followed back NE to Braithwaite.
The SW ridge then turns W and descends to a col (673m) with Hopegill Head (770m), a top worthy of the short detour whose small summit sits at the edge of the precipitous N-facing Hobcarton Crag.