Climbs 140
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 898m a.s.l
Faces N

Lliwedd from Crib Goch © Sean Kelly

Crag features

The highest cliff in England & Wales was also one of the first to be explored by the 19th Century pioneers training for the greater ranges, the Climber's Club published their first guidebook for Lliwedd and many famous names have left their mark on the mountain.

The decision was made by the Lliwedd guidebook author to ommit *stars* from the latest edition so do not be put off by starless routes, routes that have been given stars in select and winter guidebooks have been shown here. Lliwedd is a serious cliff with a reputation for difficult route-finding, poor protection and being hopelessly difficult when wet.

Must do routes include: Slanting Buttress Ridge Route (D), Horned Crag Route (VD), Avalanche, Red Wall and Longland's Continuation (S), The Sword (VS) and Terminator (E1).

Approach notes

The usual approach is by following the Miner's Track from Pen-y-Pass to Llyn Llydaw before contouring above the South shore and striking directly up to the required area of the cliff base.

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Guidebooks

North Wales Climbs

North Wales Climbs covers the best climbing from the whole of this huge and varied area. The book is modelled on the very popular West Country Climbs which set a new standard for selected climb guidebooks back in 2010. It contains all the routes from the 2010 publication North Wales Classics and many more routes and areas, with expanded descriptions and much bigger photo-topos. The book covers all the major mountain crags from Llanberis Pass, to Cloggy; and from Ogwen to the Carneddau. It also includes the Llanberis Slate quarries, Tremadog, the Moelwyns, the Gwynant Valley, Mid-Wales, Gogarth and the North Coast Limestone.
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North Wales Classics

A significant addition to the Rockfax stable; North Wales Classics is a pocket-sized guide packs in hundreds of superb routes throughout the mountains of Snowdonia. From Tremadog to Tryfan, and everywhere in between, the book covers mid-grade routes on the best crags and features top-notch photo-topos and inspirational action shots taking you where you want to go.
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More Guidebooks:
North Wales Rock (2006)
Lliwedd (1998)

Out of print:
Climbed on a fine day in September- were the only climbers on the crag-(not counting the 8 ravens) 10 great pitches/800 foot of lovely easy climbing-must rank as my best multi pitch experience.
bobpilgrem - 16/Sep/10
Lliwedd has arguably the best (certainly the longest)mountaineering routes in England and Wales. Plenty of holds on the classic routes, but can be awkward in the wet. Old-fashioned and uncrowded - great!
Mac B - 05/Aug/06
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Climbs at this crag

99Rocker Route
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D 2
100Rocker Ridge
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VS 4c  
101Siren Crack
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E3 6a  
102Old Friends
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E3 6a  
103Closing the Hatches
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E3 6b  
104Elliptical Route
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S  
105Elliptical FaceVS 4c 4
106Cave GrooveS  
107Central West Rib
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S  
108Ellipsis
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E1 5b  
109The Clam
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HS 4c  
110East Ridge of Bracket Gully
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VD  
111Bracket Gully
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D  
112West Ridge of Bracket Gully
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S  
113Parallel Grooves
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S  
114Bracketside Spout
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VS 4c  
115Slantside Spout
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S  
116A Twisted Cage
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E1 5b  
117Slanting Wall Cracks
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S  
118Slanting Gully and Slanting Wall
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M  
119A Friend in Deed
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VS 4c  
120Keep Left
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HVS 5b  
121Slanting Gully
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S  
 Slanting Buttress 
123Slanting Gully Rib
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S  
124Needle Traverse Climb
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VD  
125Llid
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VS 4c  
126Slanting Buttress Ridge Route
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D **314
127Westerner
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S  
128Far West String Climb
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S  
129Soule's Groove
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VS 4b  
 Winter Routes 
131Chute de NiegeVI 6 *** 
132East Gully
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IV *2
133East Peak via the Horned CragIV * 
134East Peak Direct
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V * 
135White Dove
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V * 
136Shallow GullyIV * 
137Shallow Gully DirectVI 5 *** 
138Central Gully
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V ***1
139Central Gully DirectVI ***3
140Central Gully Arete
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IV * 
141The West PeakIV *2
142Bracket GullyV 4/5 *** 
143Slanting Gully
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V 4/6 **7
144Cool Water Sandwich
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IV * 
145Freshwater Baguette
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IV 5 * 
146Skiver's Gully
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III  
147Western Gully
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II  

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