Snowdon Ranger Path Guide to the Summit

The Snowdon Ranger Path was once used to carry copper ore from the Britannia Copper Mine down to Llyn Cwellyn before being shipped off for sale at Caernarfon. It is named after an English man who built an inn next to Llyn Cwellyn in the early 19th Century and who would take visitors to the summit.

The Snowdon Ranger route

  1. The starting point for the Snowdon Ranger route is the car park opposite the Snowdon Ranger Youth Hostel.
  2. On the right hand side of the car park entrance there is a standing stone and a bridleway sign. Go along the path to the right of the entrance to Cae’r Orsaf. Carry on along this path and through the gate turning right over the train tracks. Now go through the gate next to the cattle grid and head towards Llwyn Onn farmhouse – the waterwheel at the end of the farmhouse was once powered by water from a reservoir and used to grind corn on the farm.
  3. After the farmhouse, take the right fork through the gate and following this path, you will shortly reach another gate. From here, the path starts to wind up the mountain. As you climb the path, make sure to look behind you where you will see Llyn Cwellyn.
  4. When you reach the top of the zig zag, there is a gate. Follow the path through the gate until you reach a stream and the path will go through another gate and move to the left around Moel Cynghorion.
  5. Carry on around, keeping Llyn Ffynnon y Gwas on your right until you reach Bwlch Cwm Brwynog at the northern end. From here the walking gets trickier becoming steeper with more scree underfoot up until the summit.
  6. In a while, the path will start to zig zag again and at this point the path is not as well marked so you will need to take care until you reach a standing stone that crosses the railway line.
  7. From this standing stone, walk straight ahead until you reach the next standing stone signalling the junction of Snowdon Ranger with Llanberis path. Continue up the Llanberis path and you will see another standing stone marking out Bwlch Glas and the junction where Llanberis Path meets the Pyg Track.
  8. Carry on up the Llanberis path now to the summit where you will have wonderful views on a clear day.

How long does it take to walk the Snowdon Ranger path?

Completing the Snowdon Ranger Path is achievable in between 5-7 hours. Of course, this will vary depending on your level of fitness, the weather and how often you stop to take in the fantastic views.

How far is the Snowdon Ranger path?

From start to summit to finish, the Snowdon Ranger path is roughly 8 miles with a total ascent of just under 950 meters.

How difficult is the Snowdon Ranger Path?

The Snowdon Ranger path is arguably one of the easiest, if not the easiest route up Snowdon but it is still somewhat challenging and is not to be taken underprepared. Before you set out on this route, make sure you have the correct equipment as well as checking the weather.