Arenig Fach From Llyn Celyn

This is one of the wildest and pathless terrains in Snowdonia. Even the notorious Rhinogydd have paths.

Here you’ll find very few traces of previous footsteps. It’s well worth getting a few walks in over the Arenig if you like your walks quiet and remote, even if you’re never that far from the road.

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Distance, Ascent and Time 13km, 600m and 5 hours

OS Map Required Explorer 017 & Explorer 018BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties Pathless

Start / End  Llyn Celyn

Facilities None

Public Transport None

The Full Route is on Mud and Routes

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Moel y Dyniewyd

Nestling between the popular peaks of Yr Wyddfa, Moel Hebog and Cnicht is an area of rough, lower ground that other than a few choice paths, is rarely visited.

Directly below Cnicht there’s  Yr Arddu, a wild rocky terrain with the twin rocky lakes of Llynnoedd Cerrig y Myllt and Llyn yr Arddu being among some of the more beautiful in the park.

To the north is Moel y Dyniewyd, a marilyn at 382 m, but even if it is half the height of all the surrounding mountains, it’s easily as tough to get to the top!

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Distance, Ascent and Time 10.5km, 500m, 3 hours

OS Map Required Explorer 017BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties Final stretch to summit is challenging.

Start / End Beddgelert

Facilities Pubs, shops and cafes in Beddgelert.

Public Transport Sherpa Buses to Beddgelert.

The Full Route is on Mud and Routes

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Llyn Crafnant and Geirionydd from Capel Curig

This is a straightforward circuit that you can do at almost any time of the year. Starting from Capel Curig, the route travels over moorland, into two beautiful valleys containing lakes, and finally some forestry (there’s got to be a down side!. Its highest point is only about 340m, and the distance about 15km.

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Distance, Ascent and Time 15km, 600m, 5 hours

OS Map Required Explorer 017BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties None.

Start / End  Capel Curig

Facilities cafe, shop, gear shops and 3 pubs in Capel

Public Transport Sherpa Buses to Llanberis and Betws y Coed.

The Route In Full on Mud and Routes

Snowdon South Ridge from Rhyd Ddu

The South Ridge path usually elicits a blank expression on most walkers when you mention routes up Snowdon. Those in the know however, realise that this is an absolute gem of a route that stands modestly in the shadows, shunning the limelight. In comparison, the PYG, Miners and Watkin are cheap, talentless reality TV z-listers desperately seeking endless attention. The South Ridge knows it’s good, and is happy to stand back a little until

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Distance, Ascent and Time  6.4KM, 850m,  2.75 hrs

OS Map Required Explorer 017BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties Some exposure on Bwlch Main

Start / End Rhyd Ddu

Facilities Pub with excellent ales in Rhyd Ddu.

Public Transport Sherpa Buses and WHR to Rhyd Ddu.

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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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The Pyg Track

The PYG track is both the shortest way up Snowdon, and the one that involves the least amount of ascent. Despite this, it’s not the easiest path up as it can be steep and rocky in places but the paths are generally very good all the way and reasonably straightforward to follow.  It is 5.5km in length and involves around 800m of ascent. If you’re reasonably fit, you should make it up in three hours. Remember to allow time for breaks and stopping to take in the sights, of which there are plenty.

The views of Snowdon are among the best of any route up. The PYG is also one of the busiest routes up, so consider setting off very early morning or mid-afternoon to avoid the crowds. If you do set off later in the day, make sure you’ve got enough hours of daylight left to descend safely. In winter conditions, the upper section of the path becomes very treacherous and in common with all the other routes up, should not be attempted in snow unless you’re properly equipped and experienced.Download the GPX File for your GPS device here 

Distance, Ascent and Time  5KM, 730m, 2.5 hrs

OS Map Required Explorer 017BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties Zig Zags are an accident blackspot when iced.

Start / End  Pen y Pass – Snowdon Summit

Facilities Cafe and Toilets

Public Transport Sherpa buses plentiful. Parking extortionate – £10 a day

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Yr Aran From Rhyd Ddu

There’s always something special when you manage to fit a decent walk in on a weekeday. It’s almost like stolen time as we aren’t meant to do fun things on a weekday. It’s all work, work, work. So you have to work around that, and make the most of things. Well, I live so close to the hills that a bit of organisation means we can be treading the footpaths by half five (and this was later than i’d anticipated). What for? To bag a peak that’s been like a stone in my shoe for years. I’d been to Bwlch Cwm Llan somany times, and on all but one occasion gone straight over or turned left for the South Ridge. On the one occasion i turned right, i found my boots had no grip and had to turn back. So I was finally going to go up Yr Aran.

Yr Aran is an ideal easier winter summit, especially if you’re building up your winter skills. There’s a couple of sections that are steep enough to need care without being overly easy.

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Distance, Ascent and Time  9.5KM, 720m,  3 hrs

OS Map Required Explorer 017BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties Navigation. Terrain is rough and pathless

Start / End Rhyd Ddu

Facilities Pub with excellent ales in Rhyd Ddu.

Public Transport Sherpa Buses and WHR to Rhyd Ddu.

The Route In Full on Walk up Snowdon

 

 

Mynydd Mawr from Rhyd Ddu

This is a nice, quiet walk. So close to Snowdon, you can almost hear the crowds. Indeed, you can’t fail to miss them in Rhyd Ddu where they tend to gather to climb the highest peak in Wales and England. Fortunately for us, they don’t know any better and will leave today’s destination well alone.

Mynydd Mawr is a solitary summit, perfect for a quick morning or afternoon bimble, with a walk up a pleasant grassy ridge and an alternative return via Llyn y Dywarchen and Clogwynygarreg adding interest to the end of the walk.

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Distance, Ascent and Time  10km, 550m,  3 hrs

OS Map Required Explorer 017BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties Path vanishes near summit.

Start / End Rhyd Ddu

Facilities Pub with excellent ales in Rhyd Ddu.

Public Transport Sherpa Buses and WHR to Rhyd Ddu.

The Route in Full on Mud and Routes

Garn, Glyderau and Tryfan from Ogwen

There’s only one way to enjoy a walk on a Bank Holiday. Well, ok, there’s 2 if you count don’t bother, but getting up just after dawn and being on the hill for 7am is the one i’d choose. Even the car park at Ogwen was empty!

So this weekend, why not try and miss the crowds by getting out of bed before them, if not you’ll just have to put up with the crowds on the tops and the queues to get past almost any obstacle! You may even get back to Ogwen when there are still some sausage rolls left.

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Distance, Ascent and Time 12km, 1200m, 7 hours

OS Map Required Explorer 017BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties Navigation in mist on Glyderau.

Start/ End Ogwen (or Glan Denau if parking is unavailable)

Facilities WC, Snack cabin, Parking.

Public Transport Infrequent Sherpa services to Ogwen.

Full Route on Mud and Routes

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