Sitting alongside the Snowdon Massif, the Glyderau attract a lot of attention and visitors…….and justifiably so. Referred to in an anglicised manner of “The Glyders”, they derive their name from two key peaks, namely Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach, where “Glyder” comes from the the welsh word “Cludair” meaning heap of stones.
For those that have visited the lunar, frost shattered landscape that constitutes the summits of the Glyder peaks, it is very obvious why this naming is so appropriate.
Sandwiched between the Llanberis Pass and the Nant Ffrancon Pass, the Glyders comprise a formidable rock barrier. They include five of the Welsh 3000’s. Indeed, in September 2010, the height of Glyder Fawr was reassessed as being 1,000.8m instead of 999m, thus elevating the peak into the “Super Mountain” bracket, along with Snowdon (1,085m), Carnedd Ugain (1,065m), Carnedd Llewellyn (1,062m), and Carnedd Dafydd (1,044m).
The summits also include the strange and impressive rock formation of Castell y Gwynt which measures over 3,000ft but only having a relative height difference of between 15m to 49m with its neighbouring peaks, it is only classified as a “Nuttall” and therefore not included as a distinct peak in the “Welsh 3,000’s”.