Snowdon is steeped in myth, legend and natural Welsh beauty. It offers fantastic walks for casual walkers as well as some of the most exhilarating scrambles in the UK. Parts of the mountain are so wild that Edmund Hillary used the mountain as a training ground before successfully conquering Mount Everest.
There are 7 main routes to the summit of Snowdon and each one has both its attractions and challenges. Before you set out on your adventure to the top of the highest peak in Wales, take a look at the various routes and see which path you will take to conquer one of the largest mountains in the UK.
Rhyd Ddu path is a one of the quieter and less travelled routes although there is no reason for it. The views along this route are spectacular and it has challenging sections as well as easy foot paths. If you want to see a different side to the mountain, this path is a must.
The Miners Track gets you close to some of Snowdon’s spectacular lakes. The path is nice and broad and flat in the main however, the latter half is a steep and tricky climb with some scrambling up scree. If you want a pleasant stroll with a little challenge, the first part is for you but be careful of the second half where the climb gets tough.
Snowdon Pyg Track
The Pyg Track is one of the most popular routes for a reason. The views are stunning, the walk is challenging and as you make your way from the Pen Y Pass car park along towards the summit there is a magic in the air left from all of the legends of Arthur and his Knights.
The Snowdon Ranger path has been used for centuries and is a good, challenging walk away from the crowds of Pyg and Llanberis. There are parts that require some thought and care but it’s not too difficult and can be accomplished by experienced walkers.
Crib Goch is one of the greatest scrambles in the UK with sheer drops either side of this arête. On clear days the views are second to none and you’ll struggle to find any more enjoyable route. That being said it is very dangerous and should not be attempted unless you have experience of scrambling, bouldering or using hand and foot holds.
The Llanberis path is the most leisurely walk up to the summit of Snowdon – if you can call walking to the top of the highest mountain in Wales leisurely. The path well laid out and in summer months there is a café half way up for you to stop and get refreshments. It is a long walk though and you should ensure that you have the correct equipment before setting off.
The Watkin Path is a tough walk up Snowdon and is second in difficulty only to Crib Goch. The walk is pleasant however there are some scrambling sections in there to make it more exciting. This less travelled route is a must if you want to see the Snowdon horseshoe from a different perspective.