Walking Routes Up Snowdon
At an impressive 1085m, Mount Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa, is one of the highest peaks in the UK and a hugely rewarding climb.
Snowdon is a complex mass of radial ridges leading up to the peak. With a cafe at the top for refreshments and the option of the Snowdonia Mountain Railway, there are options for most people to get up and down. Booking for the train is essential, the cafe is open when the train runs, normally May to October.
6 Top Walking Routes to the Summit of Snowdon
Details and maps of these top routes can be found at the Snowdonia National Park
- Llanberis Track- 5 miles long, easier walkThe easiest and busiest route - park in Llanberis and follow the road up beyond the mountain railway station, the route follows the Snowdon Mountain Railway line. The Halfway House cafe provides a welcome break.
- Watkin Path 3 1/2 miles long, hardest walkNamed after Sir Edward Watkin, with steep drops and loose scree, less popular than other routes, though this means it is usually quieter. Park at Pont Bethania LL55 4NL.
- Pyg Track - 3.25 miles & Miners’ Track - 3.75 miles, easy to start with then get hardThe Pig and the Miners’ tracks starting from Pen-y-Pass car-park LL55 4NY at the head of the Llanberis Pass, arrive first thing in the morning to get a parking place. These popular walks involve the least amount of climbing. Their joint final section ‘the Zig-Zags’ is steep and difficult loose scree. A popular combination for amazing views is to take Pyg Track up and Miners’ Track down - a glorious mountain spectacle.
- Snowdon Ranger Track - 3.75 miles, easier routeThe path is fairly easy, and has very good views. Named after the mountain guide John Morton who built the Snowdon Ranger Inn in the early 1800s, the inn is now a Youth Hostel and the path starts at the Llyn Cwellyn Car Park LL54 7YS.
- Beddgelert Path/ Rhyd Ddu Path - 3.75 miles, easier routeThis is one of the easiest and the least used routes. It starts at the site of the South Snowdon Station of the Welsh Highland Railway. The path is easy to follow and climbs gradually to the summit. The climb gets harder as you near the summit and the last section is along a steep narrow path with sheer drops. Start at the car park adjacent to the Rhyd Ddu West Highland Railway Station, LL54 6TN.
- Snowdon Horseshoe, Crib Goch - only for serious climbersThis knife edge ridge should only be undertaken by experienced mountaineers and in good weather. Best described as a scramble, it has a steep drop on both sides and is a hot spot for accidents.
Although thousands of people climb Snowdon each year it is still a mountain with steep cliffs in places and can be very dangerous.
The weather can change dramatically at any time of year.
Make sure you:
- have good boots with ankle support that you have previously worn in
- carry weatherproofs and supplies of food and water
- carry a good map and compass (and know how to use them)
- as you go up make sure you make sure you look out for markers which to show you the way down - it is easy to take a wrong path
- all walks will take cross farmland and sheep roam freely on the mountain, so if you take your dog it must be on a lead.
See full safety advice from Snowdonia National Park.