A challenging hike to one of Snowdonia’s smaller and lesser-known peaks
Crimpiau is a small peak at the southern edge of the Carneddau. The village of Capel Curig lies at its foothills.
The route crosses various landscapes as it climbs to the summit, including native woodland, heathland and open moorland—an ideal habitat for a variety of vegetation and wildlife.
Why this path?
While Crimpiau is by no means the tallest of Snowdonia’s mighty peaks, the route to the summit is still a challenging hike across a mixture of landscapes.
For experienced walkers, Crimpiau can offer striking views of the National Park’s peaks and valleys, including the Snowdon Horseshoe, Mymbyr valley, Ogwen valley, Tryfan and Conwy valley.
Snowdonia National Park Authority has categorised this route as a hard/strenuous route. It is only suitable for experienced country walkers with a good level of fitness. Navigation skills are essential. The terrain will include steep hills and rough country. It may also include some sections of scrambling. Full hill walking gear is essential. Specialist equipment may be required under winter conditions.
Snowdonia National Park Car Park, Capel Curig (SH 720 582)
Relevant OS Map
OS Ordanance Exp OL17 (Snowdon & the Conwy Valley)
The village of Capel Curig, where the Crimpiau route begins, was the home of Welsh botanist and conservationist Evan Roberts.
Evan Roberts was an internationally-recognised botanist who compiled an almost unparalleled knowledge of north Wales’ plant life. He worked as a quarryman for the first 40 years of his life. In 1956, he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Wales. Such was his contribution to his field, a portrait of Evan Roberts was painted by Sir Kyffin Williams in 1990.