Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Bristly Ridge

  • Walked: 16th September 06

  • Distance: 5m

  • Terrain: hilly!

  • Summary: Approach Glyder Fach by Llyn Bochlwyd (lake Australia!) and Bristly Ridge. Walk the ridge between Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr, then down via the Devil's Kitchen

  • Time: 7 hours start to finish

  • Notable views: All of it!!

  • Note to self; coming down 3000 ft is a lot harder than climbing the same. Next time exercise beforehand by finding some hills to walk down.

Bristly Ridge is approached via this gulley. This is a scramble which involves using all four limbs. Carvers' Rocks didn't prepare me for this! Bits of it are a bit scary. This day I learned the word 'cragfast'. Click the picture for a little 360 degree movie. The peak directly behind the gulley is Tryfan.

This is the obligatory photo of Rog and I standing on the Cantilever stone:

Lunch by the peak of Glyder Fach, in gorgeous sunshine:

Castel-y-Gwynt means Castle of the Wind, I'm told. It's a quite remarkable rock formation:

Despite being a sunny day, some cloud engulfed us briefly. After it cleared, some cloud got stuck below the ridge, creating an eerie 'end of the world' effect:

The Devil's Kitchen is, despite its name, a very pleasant descent. It's paved with large rock steps, and in parts you find yourself beside imposing black, dripping rock faces which make the name seem appropriate. I'm told that rare medicinal plants grow here too...

The route above was generated using Meander.

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.


dive said...

Awesome walk.
Love the movie; and the pic of Rog and you on the cantilever stone is just scary!
Nice to see you've got OS at last.

dive said...

At long last, Blogger have fixed the bug and I can post from Blogger Beta back to Blogger.
I've been wanting to tell you how awesome this post is.
I love the movie and the pic of Rog and you on the cantilever rock.
Also, big kudos for getting OS maps on site.