Mountains in England & Wales starting with Y
|Y Garn (3000ft+) lies N of the Pass of Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales). To the SW it rises from Nant Peris in an almost continuous dull grassy slope; whereas on the NE side it rises with bold crags above Idwal Cottage and encloses a fine hanging valley containing a tarn (Llyn Clyd). Its short and steep NE ridge encloses Cwm Clyd (corrie) and provides the best ascent route from Idwal.
A second short ridge runs SE turning E to form the headwall of Cwm Clyd then terminates in crags, but it is the broad SSE slope of the mountain, rather than a ridge, which must be descended in order to continue past Llyn y Cwn and on to Glyder Fawr (3000ft+) .
A third ridge descends 0.5km NW to the 750m-contour col with Foel Goch (831m); and from that col there is a path which contours below both Foel Goch and Mynydd Perfedd (812m) right around the head of Cwm Dudodyn, leading after about 2.8km to Elidir Fawr (qv) with minimal extra ascent.
|Y Llewedd (2500ft+) is a splendid peak in its own right, narrowly qualifing as a separate mountain with 505 feet of ascent above the Bwlch Ciliau col with its lofty neighbour Yr Wyddfa (3000ft+) in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales).
Y Llewedd has twin rocky summits, the W Peak (898m) being 5m higher than the E Peak (893m); and both are poised sensationally at the edge of the N face, a near-vertical cliff of rock which is a favourite with rock-climbers. The S slopes are steep with scree and rocky outcrops.
Y Llewedd forms a single ridge which from Bwlch Ciliau rises steeply SE (with scrambling) to the peaks then E to Llewedd Bach (818m), thence NE to an unnamed top at 694m and finally E down to the Glaslyn valley. The traverse of its fine summit crest is an integral part of the ‘Snowdon Horseshoe’ walk.
Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)
|Yr Wyddfa ( Snowdon) (3000ft+) is the highest peak in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales) and the highest British summit outwith Scotland. This is a massive craggy mountain with ridges running to most points of the compass.
The summit of Yr Wyddfa lies at the confluence of three ridges; the NE slopes are craggy, falling steeply to the Glaslyn, and the other slopes are scree-covered with rocky outcrops. The SE ridge falls steeply to Bwlch y Saethau, then a broad rise is followed by a further fall to Bwlch Ciliau (744m, the col with Y Llewedd (2500ft+) ). The more gently graded SW ridge forms a narrow arête over Bwlch Main then divides into a S ridge above the E-facing Clogwyn Du crags falling to Bwlch Cwm Llan (the col with Yr Aran), and a W ridge (Llechog) above a N-facing cliff. The gently-inclined N ridge falls to Bwlch Glas (998m) then turns NE to subsidiary top Garnedd Ugain (1065m).
From Garnedd Ugain, a further three ridges arise. NW slopes fall gently to 880m where they are broken by the Clogwyn crags, and here the W ridge (Clogwyn Du’r Arddhu) carries the ‘Snowdon Ranger’ path from Llyn Cwellyn. The N ridge carries Snowdon Mountain Railway plus the ‘Llanberis Path’, a gently-graded descent route. Finally, the rocky E ridge falls to Bwlch Coch (858m) then rises over narrow and exposed pinnacles to Crib Goch (923m) before descending to Pen-y-pass.
Lovers of solitude should save this excellent peak for a good off-season day.