Snowdon/
Yr Wyddfa

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is no pushover but I believe anyone with the right amount of determination and a reasonable level of fitness will be able to make it to the top 

Below is some information on each of the 7 main walking routes up Snowdon.

Miner's Track

Miners track Snowdon
Miners track from Lliwedd

One of the most popular routes up Snowdon, it derives its name from the fact that the Copper Miners used it to commute and ferry copper ore out to Pen-y-Pass where it begins. It gradually winds its way through the the valley and past two lakes created by the glacier that once occupied it.From here, it steeply crawls up to join the PYG track before joining the other paths leading to the summit. Ideal for first-timers, families and Charity Fundrasiers 

Total time taken 6-7hrs
Total distance 13km (8 miles)
Height gain: Approx 700m

Pyg Track

Pen y Pass YHA

Named after the Pen Y Gwryd hotel down the road, is the shortest route up Snowdon but that doesn’t mean it’s a pushover! Starting at Pen y Pass, it gradually rises up towards Crib Goch before branching off, running parallel to, but higher than, the Miners track until it joins it before rising steeply to Bwlch Glas and where it joins the main path to the summit.

Total time taken: 5-6hrs
Total distance: 11km (7 miles)
Height gain: Approx 700m

The Watkin Path

Snowdonia feral goat Lliwedd
A feral Goat looking down on his territory on the Watkin Path

Named after Sir Edward Watkin MP and opened by former Prime Minister William Gladstone in 1892, the path starts at Pont Bethania just outside of Beddgelert and gradually makes its way up cwm Llan before steeply rising to Bwlch y Saethau and finishing off with the tricky and loose final ascent to join the Rhyd Ddu path to the summit. It’s one of the more difficult routes and not ideal as a first ascent unless you’re fit!

Total time taken: 6-7hrs
Total distance: 13km (8 miles)
Height gain: Approx 1000m

Rhyd Ddu Path

Snowdon South Ridge Rhyd ddu
South ridge of Snowdon

Beginning from the quiet village of Rhyd Ddu at the station for the Welsh Highland Railway, it starts off quite gentle and on good paths before heading up onto the western flank of Snowdon. Here it joins the Llechog ridge and across Bwlch Main to the summit. It’s one of our favourite ways up due to it’s quietness and dramatic alpine-esque scenery. A highly recommended alternative to the honeypot paths above.


Total time taken: 5-6hrs
Total distance: 12km (8 miles)
Height gain: Approx 900m

The Watkin Path