Goat Walk

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 52.64256°N / 4.00941°W
Additional Information Route Type: Trad Climbing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: Moderate (5.1 - 5.2 YDS)
Additional Information Number of Pitches: 2
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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 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 AderynCraig yr Aderyn
(Photo by Nanuls)
Craig yr AderynThe Bastion
(Photo by Nanuls)
Craig yr AderynThe 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)


Open Space Web-Map builder Code
Navigation Maps

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

Ordnance Survey 1:50k Landranger Series 124 Porthmadog & Dolgellau

Harvey Map Services 1:25k Snowdonia Cadiar Idris

Harvey Map Services/BMC 1:40k British Mountain Map Snowdonia South

Road Maps

Ordnance Surbey Tour Series North and Mid Wales


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

Government Bodies and Official Organisations

Snowdonia National Park Authority

Council for National Parks

Association of National Park Authorities

Natural Resources Wales


Royal Commission on Ancient & Historical Monuments in Wales

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust

Snowdonia Society

The National Trust

Hiking, Climbing and Mountaineering Organisations and Companies

British Mountaineering Council

The Climbers’ Club


Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre


Hightreck Snowdonia


Mountain Weather Wales

Weather from the Met Office

BBC Weather

Tourist Information

Visit Wales

North Wales Tourism Partnership

Local Information from Gwynedd.com

Local Information from Snowdonia Wales Net

North Wales Index


Welsh Public Transport Information

UK Train Timetable


Youth Hostel Association in Wales

Pete's Eats

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

Maps and Guidebooks

Ordnance Survey

Harvey Map Services

Cicerone Guidebooks

Climbers’ Club Guidebooks


North Wales Bouldering

Cordee Travel and Adventure Sports Bookshop

Wildlife and Conservation

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Natur Gwynedd

North Wales Wildlife Trust

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



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