Travelling East on the A55, I’ve always looked at the curving arete of ‘Penmaen Ridge’, and wanted to scramble/climb it. Below and around the line, there is lots of scree which has always put me off thinking it would be chossy and loose. I checked it out on ukclimbing, as the route is not in any of the guidebooks I own, and many people recommend it, saying the rock is solid.
Well, on my way to Oxford yesterday, Jacqui and I did the route, and it was fantastic. Here is a bunch of photos showing the way and the ridge itself. Enjoy. T
There are a couple of tricky steps along the way. You definitely need 3 points of contact for these, and it’s worth checking each of the important holds to see if they’re loose before committing all of your weight to them. I didn’t find anything too loose, but I’m sure there is if you search around, or are just very unlucky.
From the top of the scramble, you can continue up grass, heather and gorse until on the top plateau, heading South-West there is a stone walled area that forms part of the farm… Travelling South along this wall, you will find yourself on the North Wales Path, which leads back to Dwygyfylchi.
If you’re interested in guided grade 1 Scrambles, or want to get involved and learn the ropes for higher graded ones, then check out my website at Terry James Walker