The Western Glyders around Cwm Idwal are justifiably famous for their impressive cliffs and steep rocky scrambles, but the ridge from Glyder Fawr continues east over the subsidiary peaks of Y Foel Goch and Gallt Yr Ogof until finally petering out at Capel Curig. Whilst lacking the dramatic situations of the larger peaks to the west, a traverse of these summits provides a quiet days walking, with fine views of the larger mountains on a clear day. The one drawback is that on descending from the ridge after Y Foel Goch, the walker is faced with a 3.5 mile walk along the Ogwen Valley to return to Capel Curig.
There is a small car park behind the shops in Capel Curig. From here, follow the track that leads north towards the hills. Immediately after a farm-house, turn left off the track and follow a path up the hillside. This is sketchy in places, but if followed eventually leads onto the grassy ridge of Cefn Y Capel. After just over 1 mile along this ridge, a broken wall is passed and there is a short steep climb to the col between Y Foel Goch and Gallt Yr Ogof where the views open up. Although the latter rises only a little above the col, it is worth a visit as there are numerous rocky outcrops which add depth to pictures of the Carnedau and Glyders. From Gallt Yr Ogof, continue to the summit of Y Foel Goch.
From here, the choice is either to return to Capel Curig by the outward route, or descend to Llyn Caseg-raith on the col with Glyder Fach. The lake makes a fine foreground for views of Glyder Fach and Tryfan. From the lake, we descended the valley of Nant Yr Ogof, occasionally on a path, but mostly over pathless and slightly boggy ground, until we reached the Outdoor Centre at Gwern Gof Isaf. From here, it is a 3.5 mile walk back to Capel Curig, following the track which leads directly back to the car park. The total walk is just under 8 miles and about 2050 feet of ascent.
Postcode: LL24 0EN
The walk starts in the village of Capel Curig, where there is a small car park at the back of the shops.