The Watkin Path

Opened in 1892 as a donkey track, the Watkin Path was never truly finished.  Of all the official ascents it starts nearest to sea level and so has more ascent than any other direct route, but the Llanberis Path starts off only 50m higher and involves a little more distance. Swings and roundabouts really.

One of the most scenic of all the routes up, starting off through some ancient woodland before passing a spectacular waterfall and ultimately ascending to Bwlch Ciliau and Yr Wyddfa. A pleasure to walk for most of it’s distance, the final eroded scree chute up to the summit rather detracts from the path’s overall appeal. However, no other path can boast a Prime Minister, commandos and a Carry on Film among it’s myriad claims to fame.

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Distance, Ascent and Time 6km, 1000m and 3hours

OS Map Required Explorer 017BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties Scree at top is an accident blackspot..

Start / End – Nant Gwynant – Snowdon Summit

Facilities Cafe, parking WC.

Public Transport Sherpa Buses.

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One reply on “The Watkin Path”

  1. I walked the Watkin path this week, visibility from the ridge was very poor and the path wasn’t visible on the ground. The rain has made numerous false trails. I got to the top by walking/climbing a compass bearing. A scary experience with a thousand foot drop to my right. Don’t believe the guide books, this path is dangerous in anything less than perfect weather!

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