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Craig Pant Ifan


Historically famous crag with many fantastic, technical routes.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Wales Rock Type: Igneous
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 134
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1954
Grid Reference: SH569406

The BMC has formed a management partnership with the owners of Craig Pant Ifan, permitting a continuation of access for climbers and protecting conservation interests. Previously, the 16.8 ha broadleaved woodland of Crag Pant Ifan had been managed by the Countryside Council of Wales under a 59 year lease. The BMC have also been working closely with the CCW to ensure the access paths remain in good condition, and this will contribute towards conserving the valuable ecological features of the site. committing to protecting the sensitive environments in which they take place. Although no longer a National Nature Reserve the whole area remains a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has considerable conservation value. No new route cleaning or vegetation clearance should be undertaken without prior approval. The CCW will continue to own the remaining part of the National Nature Reserve – Craig y Dre. No climbing activity is authorised at the Craig y Dre site.

Restrictions apply from 1 February - 31 May.

Reason: Nesting Birds

A pair of ravens have occasionally nesting half way up Gothic Grooves. Note these are big birds and not friendly, so avoid that route  and the aptly name Raven's Nest Wall between Feb 1st. - and the end of May.

CRoW Information

The landowners and The BMC are exploring the possibility of dedicating the crag as Open Access land.

Area information

A wide range of cliffs - mainly traditional and multi pitch inc. the popular Llanberis Pass, Idwal Slabs, Clogwyn du'r Arddu and Cwm Silyn cliffs, but also outlying outcrops such as Carreg Alltrem. Many crags are on CROW access land - but not all especially some of the outcrops which lie on private enclosed land. Most of central Snowdonia is both designated an SSSI and also is an European Special Area of Conservation on account of the upland habitat and associated geology and plants found here.

Weather Information

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