Snowdon Walking Times

On average, it can take between 5-7 hours to walk to the summit of Snowdon and back down again but there are 7 main routes up Snowdon and each one has its own challenges, whether that’s the nerve wracking arête of Crib Goch or the distance involved in Llanberis Path. Coupled with this, individual fitness, weather and stopping times, it can be difficult to say exactly long each walk will take. For example, a fit walker who’s got a lot of experience on Snowdon can complete the Pyg Track in as little as 3 hours but where’s the pleasure in that when you can take your time and enjoy the scenery. On the other hand, the first time I ever completed Crib Goch took me over 8 hours because I was unfamiliar with the route and wanted to take my time and enjoy the day.
These timings are a good guide though and I would suggest taking as long as you feel necessary so as to make your walk as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Below are some guides as to how long you can expect to take to do each route up Snowdon – the greatest natural attraction in Wales

Chart of approximate maximum times per route*

*these times are approximate maximum times and how long it takes to climb Snowdon depends on lots of factors including weather, fitness, stopping times etc. They offer a good guide though to each individual route.

How long does it take to climb the Rhyd Ddu path?

You can expect to complete Rhyd Ddu in roughly 5-6 hours. It is a long and winding path which starts off as a leisurely incline through fields but has some difficult sections towards the end. With a steady pace, this time is realistic.

How long does it take to climb Miners track?

Miners Track is a beautiful route up Snowdon and takes you around the old lakes steeped in legend and history. It is achievable in 6-7 hours but be wary of the final section which is a gruelling ascent up to Pyg and then onto Bwlch Glas to join the Llanberis Path. If you want a good, walk without having to tackle the steep ascent to the summit of Snowdon, a walk from Pen Y Pass car park to Glaslyn (the lake at the end of Miners Track) and back still has amazing views and should take between 3-4 hours.

How long does it take to climb the Ranger path?

The Snowdon Ranger Path will take approximately 5-7 hours. The path is steady but becomes more difficult toward the end so if you’re not as confident, expect to take towards the longer end of this time.

How long does it take to climb Snowdon Pyg Track?

The Pyg Track is a rewarding walk up Snowdon and is doable in 5-7 hours. If you’ve never climbed Snowdon via the Pyg Track before, you can imagine it in 3 parts. The first part is a relatively steep ascent starting at Pen Y Pass car park. In comparison to the first part, the second is a relatively flat walk overlooking Miners Track and the wonderful ancient lakes. The third part is the final ascent to Snowdon summit and it’s easy to spot because you will go past the final lake below you and see a zig zag path leading upto a ridge (known as Bwlch Glas) where the path then joins the Llanberis path for the final walk to the summit.

How long does it take to climb Crib Goch?

Although I’m reluctant to put a time in for Crib Goch, it should take between 6-8 hours. The walk starts at Pen Y Pass car park and follows the Pyg Track before splitting off and onto the famous scramble. This is not a route to be taken with any time pressures though so, before you set off, make sure you have the right equipment and plenty of time so as not put yourself under any pressure – the mountain will do that for you.

How long does it take to climb Llanberis Path?

Although the Llanberis Path is unfairly known as the easiest route, it will still take between 6-7 hours. I say unfairly because it is still 9 mile walk ascending the highest mountain in the British Isles outside of Scotland. As with all mountain walks, care should be taken and the correct equipment should be carried before setting off on this walk. If you’re an inexperienced walker or if you want to get to the summit without having to do any climing or scrambling, Llanberis Path is an amazing walk and as the path follows a similar route to the railway track, during the summer, you get the added advantage of seeing the trains ascend.

How long does it take to climb the Watkin path?

The Watkin Path is a tough walk but achievable in 5-7 hours. Passing by the famous Gladstone Rock, there are amazing views of rivers and waterfalls at the start of this walk to the summit of Snowdon but the steep scree towards the end of this walk makes it difficult so you should not be rushing the final section and care should be taken to avoid injury.

Whichever route you take to the summit of Snowdon, if you prepare well by checking the weather before you set off and take plenty of water and food as well as the correct equipment, you’ll have an amazing day. Although Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, it’s one of the most popular attractions because of the accessibility, the variety of paths and the most spectacular views over Snowdonia.