Crimpiau & Capel Curig
Date/Time: 27/07/2020 - 31/12/2021, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Location: Moel Siabod Cafe, Betws-y-Coed
Crimpiau stands at a mere 475m but what it lacks in height more than makes up for in adventure, where the feeling of total isolation comes quickly amongst the intimidating high peaks of Snowdonia National Park, but without venturing to far from civilisation.
The ascent is fun, offers a great introduction to a bit of hands on for the younger members of the family, along with a superb walk back along the ridge to then summit Clogwyn Mawr at 347m.
Don’t be fooled by the lack of height of these two peaks nestled in the quiet surroundings of Capel Curig.
On a clear day the summits affords mind blowing views of Moel Siabod, the Snowdon Horseshoe, The Glyderau, the spectacular and grisly Tryfan along with the Carneddau mountain range in the Ogwen Valley.
We head out from Moel Siabod Cafe heading north along a gravel track, we pass though a small forest where we step into another world, the feeling of isolation comes very quickly on this walk.
The going is relatively easy for the first 2km as we now follow a footpath north west following the Nant y Geuallt all the while looking up at the crags of the Crimpiau range. We will stop many times to look back at views of Moel Siabod, with the twin lakes of Llynnau Mymbyr in Dyffryn Mymbyr, running from the village of Capel Curig.
We arrive at a junction of paths, just as we enter Cwm Glas Crafnant National Nature Reserve, we pause to take in our surroundings before the next part of our journey.
From this point the going gets a little harder for a while as we ascend steeply up hill on an obvious but rocky path to then pop out onto the summit of Crimpiau at 475m in height.
The views of Moel Siabod, the Snowdon Horseshoe, The Glyderau, the spectacular and grisly Tryfan along with the Carneddau mountain range in the Ogwen Valley will simply take your breath away on a clear day.
From the summit we will head south west over a wide ridge, descending slowly as the terrain can be slightly tricky in places to reach the beautifully isolated Llyn y Coryn. It can be wet underfoot as we traverse around the lake but much fun will be had picking the best route!
We continue downhill, steeply in a couple of places as we past Clogwyn Cigfran before we arrive at the base of Clogwyn Mawr. We have many options to get to the top of this peak and we can choose whatever route suits you. Again the views from the 347m summit are fantastic.
Our final descent is steep downhill and we will make our way carefully down to the footpath below just above Capel Curig. The final walk back to our start point is easy and we can look forward to Coffee/Tea and the legendary cakes in Moel Siabod Cafe!
6.7 Km / 4 Miles
We want everyone to enjoy their challenge and reach the summit in their own time so will walk at a pace suitable for the whole group. It is important that the group stays together with the leader/s. Depending on numbers taking part groups may be split into smaller groups of similar pace and ability.
Please note that, although we would love to, we can’t promise clear skies on this day!
Registration fee – £25 per person
You can secure your place with a £10 deposit. The balance will be due 8 weeks before the date of the event.
Qualified, experienced mountain leader with you all the way (ratio 1:8 or less)
Kit and Training advice
Friendly support on the end of the phone/email to answer any questions running up to your event
Information Pack 2-4 weeks before
This is an example itinerary, exact details will be sent to you in your event information pack 2 weeks before the event.
8.30am – Meet your Breese Adventures leader for your briefing at Moel Siabod Cafe, Capel Curig, LL24 0E.
9am – Start walking
11.30am – Reach the summit
12pm – Start the descent (turnaround may be quicker depending on the weather)
2pm – Arrive back at Moel Siabod Cafe for a well deserved Coffee and Cake!
If you are 14 or over, of a reasonable fitness and can walk 3-4 hours comfortably with some hill walking experience then this challenge is for you.
A reasonable head for heights would be good.
If you are not sure about fitness levels but are committed to put in some training over the next few months we have specially designed training plans to help you along the way. We recommend the ‘Challenging’ training plan for this event.
All walkers should be 14 and over and any under 18’s should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Sorry, no dogs.
Various dates are available.
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