Where is it? Who is it suitable for? What do I need?
Llech Ddu, Crib Lem, is located at the end of the the Cwm Llfar valley in the Carneddau Range of mountains, in the North Western area of the Snowdonia National Park. The mainA5 road travels along the valley floor of the Ogwen Valley, splitting the Carneddau Mountains in the North with the Glyderau Mountains in the South..
Initially our meeting point for onward travel will be the Ogwen Valley Visitor Centre, there’s a map below, please park in the bays on the left side of the parking area, this is short stay, 20 mins. We will then drive to a parking area closer to the start of the days hike. Although this may mean we back track our driving route, the walk start point can be difficult to find parking.
Google map meeting point
Who is this guided scramble for?
Ideally you will have plenty of experience of hiking in the mountains and lowlands of the UK. It would be great if you have already done some steeper mountain hikes, and perhaps some easier short sections of non graded scrambles. This day has a good hike to the start of the scramble, around 1hr 30 minutes, then we start the grade 1 scramble and finish on the top of Carnnedd Dafydd, returning by a long gentle hike back to our start point. The scrambling is steep and exposed, but on good steps and ledges
We do the work so you can enjoy your guided mountain hike and scramble, no need for you to plan routes, no need for expert navigation in poor visibility, leave that to your qualified Mountain Leader.
You do need a good level of fitness and depending on the time of year, be ready for very mixed ground conditions, everything from wet and boggy ground to heath, heather and rocky mountain summits.
Leaders and Ratios
All of our guided mountain hikes and scrambles are led by fully qualified Mountain Leaders or Mountaineering Instructors with excellent local area knowledge. They work and live full time in the mountains of Snowdonia.
Maximum ratios on this hike and grade 1 scramble is 4 clients to 1 Mountain Leader.
What kit do I need?
You will need clothing and footwear suitable for the weather that can be encountered in hills and mountains at the time of your course.
You should also have a packed lunch and drinks in addition to your normal hill kit packed away in a small daypack.
Boots wise we would highly recommend stiffer mountain boots suitable for scrambling, general hiking boots can be far to bendy in the soles and also might not have rubber soles suitable for grip on wet rock, look for stiffer boots with Vibram soles, you can always call or email us for advice on footwear before you buy, but a trip in to Cotwsolds Outdoor should be useful for advice and information.
How long is this guided hike?
Average length of this guided mountain hike is 7hrs.