Llyn Llydaw seen from the base of Lliwedd (photo b...
This thousand foot crag on the southern part of Snowdon Horseshoe is the traditional home of Welsh rock climbing. It was developed extensively in the early part of the 20th Century and the first Welsh guidebook was written for this crag, by Archer Thompson.
There are two buttresses (East and West) and the climbs have a distinct mountaineering feel to them, broken by many heather terraces. Route finding can be bewildering, and the rock is vertically layered, so a certain style is required that does not necessarily involve jugs. Quite a bit harder when wet.
King Arthur and his knights are said to be sleeping in a cave (Ogof Arthur or The Cave of Enchanted Warriors) located somewhere on Lliwedd, there with a great bell to be rung when Britain is in mortal peril - DO NOT RING THE BELL unless things get really serious.
Trailhead at Pen-Y-Pass, take left trail to Llyn Llydaw, then before the crag, break off right on a use trail to the East Buttress.
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Weather station 4.4 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Lliwedd
The Sword 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
: United Kingdom
: ... : East Buttress
An exposed, blunt rib with good climbing on sound rock, only lacking gear. Start from the ledge at the top of the rightwards-trending quartz ramp, the rib should be to your left.Climb the corner to the right of the rib for about 20 feet to an overlap, stick some protection in then traverse left under the overlap to gain the rib itself. This move is quite tricky but well protected. From here move easily up the rib, with no gear until a ledge with a large block of quartz ("the quartz babe"). A few...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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