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Snowdon & Crib Goch Walks

Snowdon (Welsh: Yr Wyddfa) at 1085 metres above sea level is the highest mountain in Wales. Located in the Snowdonia National Park it is a very busy mountain especially on the paths from Pen-y-Pass and Llanberis. The view from the summit is superb in good weather with Ireland, Scotland, England and the Isle of Man in the extensive panorama.

There are eight main routes to Snowdon's summit.

The Llanberis Path - the longest route and the least steep which mainly follows the Snowdon Mountain Railway. For many this is the least interesting and easiest way to the top.

Snowdon Ranger Path - climbs from the western side of the mountain and is generally much less trodden than the routes from the east. Path starts with easy zig-zags before climbing to follow the ridge above Clogwyn Du'r Arddu towards the summit.

Rhyd Ddu Path - another quieter route from the west that is one of the easiest walks to the summit eventually joining the South Ridge for the final section to the top.

Watkin Path - seen by many as the most demanding route the walk starts from Bethania and offers a scenically interesting way up the mountain.

Over Y Lliwedd - is part of the Snowdon Horseshoe walk and is usually done as a means of descent from Snowdon.

Miners' Track - starting from Pen-y-Pass it is the most popular route up the mountain sharing the latter stages of the ascent with the Pyg Track.

Pyg Track - taking a higher route than the Miners' Path this route also provides the initial part of the Crib Goch Route.

Crib Goch route - a head for heights and some scrambling skills are needed to traverse one of the finest ridge walks in Britain. It is also the first stage of the Snowdon Horseshoe Walk and includes the summit of Crib y Ddysgl.
 

List of walks

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2122Cwm Glas from Pen-y-passmod/hard4.00
1136Yr Aran from Bethania (Route B)moderate5.50
1192Yr Aran from Bethania (Route A)mod/hard6.50
3073Crib Goch, Garnedd Ugain and Snowdon hard6.50
3057Moel Eilio from Llanberismoderate7.00
2729Snowdon by Rhyd-Ddu and Snowdon Ranger Pathsmod/hard7.50
1418Snowdon and Y Lliwedd from Pen-y-passmod/hard7.50
1958The Snowdon Horseshoehard7.50
1216Y Lliwedd & Snowdon from Pen-y-passmod/hard7.50
1089Snowdon by the Pyg and Miner's Tracks from Pen-y-passmoderate7.50
3198Snowdon via the South Ridge & Rhyd-ddu Pathmod/hard7.50
2692Snowdon via Dinas Mot & Crib Goch from Pen-y-passhard8.00
2290Snowdon via the Watkin Path & South Ridgemod/hard8.00
3036Snowdon via Crib Goch from Pen-y-passvery hard8.50
2797Yr Aran and Snowdon from Rhyd-Ddumod/hard8.50
1003Snowdon by the Llanberis Pathmoderate9.00
2626Snowdon & Garnedd Ugain from Llanberismoderate9.30
1681Moel Eilio & Moel Cynghorion from Llanberis mod/hard10.00
1103Snowdon & Cwm Llan horseshoevery hard13.00
3059Moel Cynghorion & Snowdonvery hard13.50
3002The Welsh Three-Thousanderssevere31.50

 
Table of summits in the Snowdon Group

RankMountainMetresGroupLocation
1Snowdon1085SnowdonSnowdonia
2Garnedd Ugain1065SnowdonSnowdonia
17Crib Goch923SnowdonSnowdonia
23Y Lliwedd898SnowdonSnowdonia
98Yr Aran747SnowdonSnowdonia
111Moel Eilio726SnowdonSnowdonia
169Moel Cynghorion674SnowdonSnowdonia

 
Map showing main paths and starting points.

Map of Snowdon walks

 

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