Best Climbing Spots in North Wales

North Wales boasts a plethora of incredible climbing spots for all abilities –  from novices to experts – and is known as a world-class venue for scrambling, mountaineering and rock climbing. This is mostly down to its vast quantity and quality of rock faces, sea cliffs and caves. The views from these spots are unparalleled and make every experience a true delight. For those of you who are heading off on holiday and are keeping an eye out for the best spots for climbing in the area, we have got some beauties for you to enjoy while visiting our holiday homes for sale North Wales:

Person climbing in North Wales

Plas y Brenin

Plas y Brenin is a perfect spot for climbers of all abilities, as  is the base of The National Mountain Sports Centre which offer a fantastic range of courses from beginners just starting out to professionals looking for some tips to take their hobby to the next level. Plas y Brenin is hidden within the mountains in North Wales, providing picturesque views, and offers plenty of other outdoor adventures such as kayaking and mountain biking, making it the ideal place for adrenaline junkies. There are several day sessions available that combine some sports together so you can make the most of your visit.

Pen Twryn

Pen Twryn is a fantastic location for times of the year when the weather elsewhere is too hot or too wet. With a range of limestone crags and rock climbing areas, the cliff face on the Great Orme has established itself as one of the premier climbing spots in the whole of Wales. Pen Twryn is possibly one of the most varied climbing spots in the UK and is a must-visit for avid climbers who are visiting North Wales. You should be aware the area is often restricted during peak seasons for health and safety reasons and to help preserve the local wildlife and people. The restrictions usually span between March and October.


Routes to the summit of Tryfan range in difficulty, making it a good spot for both beginners and experts, and it is said you can’t reach the top without using your hands. The mountain offers a variety of climbing and scrambling routes based on ability, and it is a popular choice for many, as it is climbable even in wet weather. The most famous route up Tryfan is via the North Ridge, a long grade one scramble which is a great place to start if you want to be introduced to the activity. North Ridge is easy to access from the starting point near the road and boasts incredible views over Ogwen Valley.

Glyder Fach

Glyder Fach boasts a staggering choice of climbs for those who visit, which range in difficulty from moderate to difficult, meaning it is perfect for those seeking a challenge! Glyder Fach is nearby Tryfan, and the views of Snowdonia are breathtaking. Be sure to have a camera with you to capture the stunning landscapes. The variety of climbing routes means Glyder Fach is the sort of climbing spot that will keep you coming back year upon year to test out a new route. You will find there are also plenty of walks in the surrounding area, so it is definitely worth taking a day trip!

Llanberis Pass

Llanberis Pass is known as the ‘heart of rock climbing’ in Snowdonia. The climbs here are quite unique and include a large number of sporting routes that range in difficulty which makes it a good place for novice climbers. Described as a crag-infested mountain, the best cliffs for climbing include Dinas Cromlech and Dinas Mot. Though many of the crags are limited to dry and sunny weather climbing, on the north side, there are parts of the Pass that are good to climb in winter on dry days. The crags can be reached by walking from the A4084, and there is parking available at the Pen y Pass carpark.

Where is your favourite climbing spot in North Wales? Let us know over social media, and take a look at our other blog post for inspiration on the more exciting activities you can do in North Wales:

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Updated August 2018

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