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.
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.