Snowdon


Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and the UK's busiest mountain with around 500,000 visitors. There are a number of routes to the top and its no coincidence that the better routes are the ones that are quieter.
Whether you are looking to walk up Snowdon for charity, fun or as a personal goal, hiring us to guide you can make your ascent safer and more enjoyable through our experience and knowledge of Snowdon and it's many routes. Below is a brief description of each of the routes up and over Snowdon


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The Miners Track

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 alike.

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

The Llanberis Path

Possibly the easiest route up with its wide track and mostly gentle gradient but it is the longest route at 7km each way. It slowly ascends the mountain, closely following the tracks of the Snowdon Mountain Railway from the old slate quarry town of Llanberis to where it joins three other tracks to the summit.

Total time taken: 6-7hrs
Total distance: 14km (8.6 miles)
Height gain: Approx 1000m


The PYG track


Mamed 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 Rhyd Ddu path


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


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


The Snowdon Ranger Path


Thought to be the first of the main routes up Snowdon and named after the English guide, John Morton who called himself the Snowdon Ranger. It starts from the YHA on the shore of Llyn Cwellyn where it zig-zags up towards Moel Cynghorion before steeply rising up and over the top of Clogwyn Du'r Arddu, crossing the mountain railway before joining the path to the summit at Bwlch Glas.


Total time taken: 6-7hrs
Total distance: 13km (8 miles)
Height gain: Approx 930m