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Yr Wyddfa o Crib Nantlle - Snowdon from Nantlle Ridge © Alun Fôn Williams

Snowdon - 6 Paths to the Summit 

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) is the highest mountain in Wales and England. However you recognise this famous landmark, it is well worth a visit. Standing tall over the village of Llanberis, Snowdon is a part of a close-knit family of jagged peaks and can offer views of Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ireland. Choose from six different paths to conquer this 1085 metre giant: The Llanberis Path, PYG Track, Miners’ Track, Watkin Path, Rhyd-Ddu Path or the Snowdon Ranger Path.

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Planning Your Walk Up Snowdon 

Snowdon’s terrain is challenging at the best of times therefore before heading out please make sure that you have checked all of your equipment. This short video is full of tips for planning the day.


Snowdon Paths and Sherpa Bus Service

Snowdon’s so big and so varied in terrain that it would be a real shame to walk up and down the same path in a day! The Snowdon Sherpa bus network is your passport to total freedom. Why not hike up one path and come down another? Or take the bus from your accommodation and walk back? It’s easy with the Sherpa service. The Snowdon Sherpa shuttles around the base of Snowdon connecting all 6 main footpaths and the surrounding villages. You can view and download the Snowdon Sherpa Timetable from the Gwynedd Council website.


Llanberis Path

Llanberis Path is the longest and most gradual of the six main paths to the summit of Snowdon and offers fantastic views. Originally, tourists were carried up this path on ponies and mules, and to this day it continues to be a pony path.

Distance: 9 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 975m (3,199ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back)
Start and Finish: Far end of Victoria Terrace, Llanberis, off the A4086
Map: OS Explorer OL17
Parking: Numerous car parks in Llanberis (LL55 4TD) 
Sherpa Bus Stop: Llanberis Interchange 

Llwybr Llanberis Path Map © APCE_SNPA

Miners Path

Following the opening of the Llanberis pass in 1832, the Miners Path was built to carry copper from the Britannia Copper Works near Llyn Glaslyn to Pen y Pass, where it was then transported to Caernarfon. The mining came to an end in 1916, remains from the work can still be seen on the path to this day.

Distance: 8 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 723m (2,372 ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back)
Start and Finish: Pen y Pass Car Park (SH 647557 / LL55 4NY)
Map: OS Explorer OL17
Parking: Pay & Display car park at Pen-y-Pass. If the car park is full, you can park in Nant Peris (SH 607582 / LL55 4UF) and catch the Sherpa bus back up to Pen y Pass.
Sherpa Bus Stop: Pen y Pass Car Park

 

Pyg Track

There is some uncertainty about the origin of the word Pyg. It is believed that the path was named after Pen y Gwryd Hostel by climbers who stayed there. Another possible origin is that the path was named after Bwlch y Moch (the pass of pigs) since the path crosses it, as it is sometimes spelled as Pig in English. Or it could have been named Pyg due to the fact that this was a path used to carry pyg (black tar) from the Britannia Copper Works in Cwm Glaslyn. The guessing continues! 

Distance: 7 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 723m (2,372 ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back)
Start and Finish: Pen y Pass Car Park (SH 647557 / LL55 4NY)
Map: OS Explorer OL17 
Parking: Pay & Display car park at Pen-y-Pass. If the car park is full, you can park in Nant Peris (SH 607582 / LL55 4UF) and catch the Sherpa bus back up to Pen y Pass.

Sherpa Bus Stop: Pen y Pass Car Park 

Watkin Path

This path was named after Sir Edward Watkin, Liberal Member of Parliament and a railway entrepreneur. Watkin had a summer house by the start of the path and he was responsible for creating the path from South Snowdon Slate Quarry to Snowdon’s summit. Officially opened in 1892 by William Gladstone, the Prime Minister, on a boulder by the path which has been named after William Gladstone he addressed a crowd of over 2,000 people.

Distance: 8 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 1,015m (3,330 ft)
Time: Approx 6hours (there and back) 
Start an Finish: Pont Bethania Bridge Car Park, Nant Gwynant, off the A498 (SH 627 507/ LL55 4NL)
Map: OS Explorer OL17 
Parking: Pay and Display Pont Bethania Bridge Car Park (SH 627 507/ LL55 4NL)
Sherpa Bus Stop: Nant Gwynant Car Park 

Rhyd Ddu Path

This path used to be known as the Beddgelert Path since it was from this village that walkers started their journey to the summit.

Distance: 8.5 miles (there and back) 
Total Climb: 895m (2,936 ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back) 
Start and Finish: Rhyd Ddu Car Park (SH 571526 / LL54 6TN)
Map: OS Explorer OL17 
Parking: Pay and Display Rhyd Ddu Car Park (SH 571 526 / LL54 6TN)
Sherpa Bus Stop: End of Rhyd Ddu Car Park

Llwybr Rhyd Ddu Path Map © APCE_SNPA

Snowdon Ranger

The path begins near the ‘Snowdon Ranger’ youth hostel, near Llyn Cwellyn. John Morton the self proclaimed 'Snowdon Ranger' used the path to guide Victorian tourists to the summit. He also opened a tavern where the youth hostel site stands today, and called it the ‘Snowdon Ranger Inn’.

Distance: 8 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 936m (3,071ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back) 
Start and Finish: Llyn Cwellyn Car Park (SH 564551 / LL54 7YT) 
Map: OS Explorer OL17 
Parking: Pay and Display Llyn Cwellyn Car Park (SH 564 551 / LL54 7YS)
Sherpa Bus Stop: Llyn Cwellyn Car Park 

Llwybr Cwellyn Snowdon Ranger Path Map © APCE_SNPA

Secrets of Snowdon

1. In 1639 came the first recorded ascent of Snowdon, by Thomas Johnson. 
2. Morris Williams, a miner, was the first to sell refreshments at the summit in 1838.
3. Edmund Hillary trained on Snowdon before conquering Mount Everest. 
4. You can find a rare flower on Snowdon, The Snowdon Lily. The lily can only be found in a handful of location across the world.
5. Snowdon is said to be the tomb of the giant Rhitta Gawr. Rhitta wore a cloak made of men’s beard and was killed by the legend King Arthur.  

Remember that there is a lot more walking on offer in Snowdonia.

Golygfa tua'r Copa / View towards the Summit

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