Llanberis, an area at the base of Snowdon, is a magnet for rock climbing enthusiasts. Perhaps the most famous climbing spot here is Llanberis Pass, an opening between two mountain ranges that exposes a plethora of classic single pitch and multi-pitch climbing routes – ideal for those just starting out right through to seasoned pros. Above Llanberis, you’ll also discover an abandoned slate quarry being put to good use for sport climbing activities. The distinctive, quick-drying slate surface here is perfect for those searching for weird and wonderful routes unique to Wales’ history.
Discover the legendary sea cliffs of Gogarth on the island of Anglesey. Its south and west-facing crags trap the sunlight, allowing you to make the most of the weather as you climb the challenging ridges, which experienced climbers will love. Newcomers to Gogarth can become acquainted with the area’s fearsome cliffs, made from hard quartzite rock, by trying their hand at routes along the Upper Tier and Holyhead Mountain before moving on to harder climbs, while the newly-developed Fedw Fawr and Benllech limestone routes offer something for the sport climbers.
Lleyn Peninsula is home to some of North Wales most intrepid sea cliff climbs. The dry weather and exposure to the sun here is certainly a welcome change from the wet weather of Snowdonia, especially in winter, but the varying quality of the rock makes things a little unpredictable at times. That said, experienced climbers and those wanting to test themselves will find plenty of fun challenges at this serene backwater, with popular crags such as Craig Dorys only a short journey from the amenities of Abersoch.
South-west of Snowdon is the village of Tremadog, where the drier climate makes for a more favourable climb. The village is overlooked by an escarpment, a steep slope that features lots of interesting cracks and corners etched into solid dolerite, making it ideal for cragging at all levels. Craig Bwlch y Moch is the most accessible and extensive of the four main crags in the area, with many complex routes along the outcrops to challenge climbers. Well maintained by locals and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), this area is a popular meeting point, and food and refreshments are never far away at the local cafe.
Rock Climbing in North Wales
Whether you want to learn to climb or you’re a seasoned expert looking for a challenge, opportunities to add a climbing expedition to your holiday plans are plentiful. The thrill of climbing and conquering North Wales’ landscape is one not to be missed.