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Goat Walk

Page Type: Route

Location: Snowdonia, Wales, Europe

Lat/Lon: 52.64256°N / 4.00941°W

Object Title: Goat Walk

Route Type: Trad Climbing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Moderate (5.1 - 5.2 YDS)

Number of Pitches: 2

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Page By: Nanuls

Created/Edited: Nov 5, 2009 / Apr 15, 2011

Object ID: 570745

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Overview


Even though Snowdonia's feral goats have been known to accomplish feats that would make even the hardened mountaineer think twice about embarking on, with a name like Goat Walk, you probably wouldn't expect this route not to conjure up too many difficulties; and you'd be right. Graded at Moderate, this is the easiest route on Craig yr Aderyn and one of its most accessible too. It takes a more or less direct line up the broken and slightly discontinuous slabs and ribs of the crag's West Face in two neat pitches. It's a great line to warm up on before moving on to harder endevours, or an ideal introduction to pitched climbing for multi-pitch virgins. It goes without saying that its setting is nothing short of sublime, for in Wales, there are fewer valleys more picturesquely immaculate as the Dysynni.

FA: Unknown.

Getting There

Craig yr Aderyn
Craig yr Aderyn
(Photo by Nanuls)
Craig yr Aderyn
The Bastion
(Photo by Nanuls)
Craig yr Aderyn
The hill fort
(Photo by Nanuls)

Goat Walk

Most visitors to Craig yr Aderyn will approach the rock from the east, if you have to approach from the west, then you clearly know the area well enough already, and therefore don’t need a section such as this to help you get there. So, if you are coming from the east, you need to turn off the A470 at the Cross Foxes Inn junction (SH 766 167), and drive south along the A487 for some 6km to the junction for the B4405 near the Minffordd Hotel (SH 732 114). For those familiar with the area, this is the same turning as you would take for the car park on the southern side of Cadair Idris where the Minffordd Path starts. Drive along the B4405 as far as Abergynolwyn (SH 677 069). In the centre of the village there is a crossroads, turn right here and drive north up a narrow unclassified road to another set of crossroads marked by a public phone box (SH 662 079). Turn left here and drive west along another unclassified road. After a around a kilometre and a half the road reaches Craig yr Aderyn and passes along the base of its north face, There are various lay-bys along the road where parking is available.

Park under The Bastion face and walk along the wall a short distance to the crag's West Face. Locate a huge block beneath an obvious rib and start your climb there.

Route Description

Pitch 1 (21m): Ascend the slabby edge of the obvious rib to a grassy ledge on the left. Belay from here harnessing a handy block above you.

Pitch 2 (21m): Climb the wall directly behind the belay to a ledge. Move left and climb the edge of a smooth wall. Above this there is apparently a spike belay, I could not find it. Belay where you can.

Essential Gear

It's an easy route so a moderate rack of nuts and hexes will be more than enough. A singe 50 metre rope will be fine as the route meanders very little and there should be no rope drag. Loose rock may be encountered so a helmet is probably a good idea.

One of the best views in Snowdonia. The mountain in the centre of the photo is Cadair Idris (Photo by Nanuls)

Maps

Open Space Web-Map builder Code
Navigation Maps

OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL 23 Cadair Idris & Bala Lake/Llyn Tegid

OS 1:50k Landranger Series 124 Porthmadog & Dolgellau

Road Maps

OS Travel Map Great Britain 2009

OS Road Map 6 Wales/Cymru & West Midlands

Guidebooks

Snowdonia (Official National Park Guide) Snowdonia (Official National Park Guide) by Merfyn Williams with contributions from Ian Mercer and Jeremy Moore

A handy book full of useful information and interesting facts about the National Park.
Climbers Club Guide Wales: Meirionnydd Climbers Club Guide Wales: Meirionnydd by Martin Crocker, John Sumner, Terry Taylor, Elfyn Jones, with contributions from Mike Rosser, Mike Lewis and Dave Wrennall

The definitive climbing guide to the area. Contains detailed descriptions and excellent diagrams of all known routes on Craig yr Aderyn. An essential purchase if you plan to do a lot of climbing in Mid Wales.
Rock Climbing in Snowdonia Rock Climbing in Snowdonia by Paul Williams

A good general rock climbing guide for North Wales. It describes a few routes on The Bastion and has a handy photo-topo of the face. Ideal for the occasional visitor to the area.

External Links

 
Craig yr Aderyn
Craig yr Aderyn from the opposite hills © Copyright Chris Denny and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
 
Craig yr Aderyn
A great place to spend a day (Photo by Nanuls)

General

Snowdonia National Park Authority
Council for National Parks
Association of National Park Authorities
Conwy County Council
Gwynedd County Council
Powys County Council
Welsh Tourist Board
Mid Wales Tourism Partnership
Snowdonia Society
Local Information from Gwynedd.com
Local Information from Snowdonia Wales Net
North Wales Index
Snowdonia-Active.com
Countryside Council for Wales
Craig yr Aderyn Special Protection Area Core Management Plan and Unit Map
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
The National Trust
CADW
Royal Commission on Ancient & Historical Monuments in Wales
Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
British Mountaineering Council
The Climbers Club
Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre
Hightreck Snowdonia

Weather

Mountain Weather Wales
Weather from the Met Office
Weather Channel UK

Travel

Welsh Public Transport Information
Uk Train Timetable

Accommodation

Youth Hostel Association in Wales
Llanllwyda Campsite
Cae Du Campsite
Accomodation around the Dysynni Valley
Tourist information for Abergynolwyn
Accommodation in and around Tywyn

Maps and Guidebooks

Ordnance Survey
Harvey Map Services
Cicerone Guidebooks
Climbers Club Guidebooks

Welsh Language

Welsh Language Board
Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg Welsh language pressure group
Cymuned Welsh language pressure group
Yr Urdd (Welsh Youth Association)
Welsh-English / English-Welsh online translator
Welsh-English / English-Welsh Online Dictionary
Welsh-English / English-Welsh Online Lexicon

Images

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