Here’s how you can conquer Mount Snowdon  February 14th, 2019

 

Mount Snowdon may well be the third highest peak in the UK; however numerous avid wanderers, hiking enthusiasts and adventurers can’t get enough of the 3,560-foot summit. Mount Snowdon towers over its neighbours and encircled by broad, glacial valleys providing jaw-dropping views in all directions all the way to Anglesey. It’s not hard to see why a climb to the peak makes its way on many bucket lists yet how does one go about conquering the mountain, especially if you’re a beginner? Here’s how!

 

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If you’re reasonably fit, summiting Snowdon isn’t going to be hard plus you can make use of the less challenging routes to the top. Overall there are eight recognised paths to the top of Snowdon of which the nine-mile Llanberis Path is said to be the least taxing however don’t envision a relaxed walk to the top. Described as the tourist path, Llanberis Path is a demanding mountain walk. It’s best to pack in plenty of warm clothing and food as the weather conditions tend to be changeable and proceed with caution, especially if you’re making your hike during the wet, foggy winter months. If you’d like to avoid the summer bustle head to Snowdonia National Park mid-week, outside school holidays’ and begin your ascent early in the morning. Pete’s Eats in Llanberis is where both bright-eyed and weary hikers wolf down a full English before and after the hike.

 

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Hiking attire

 

Mount Snowdon is renowned for its unpredictable the weather and exacting hiking paths, so it’s best to pack in suitable layers including a waterproof jacket and trouser plus a layer of insulating material.

 

Show me the path!

 

Llanberis Path
Difficulty – Easy
Distance – 9 miles return

 

Starting at Llanberis and proceeding alongside the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the Llanberis Path is the easiest route to the peak of Snowdon and sadly, not the most scenic. This path is excellent for new hikers who, after a gruelling climb, may prefer to descend the summit in the train.

 

Miners Track

 

Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
Distance – 8 miles return

 

Miners Track begins at the car park at Pen Y Pass another route to the summit – Pyg Track. Despite being longer than Pyg Track, Miners Track is an easy climb and gives way to striking views along the way including that of the glittering Llyn Llydaw Lake. The final section of the rise is strenuous; however, those of reasonable fitness can easily navigate the path.

 

Pyg Track
Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
Distance – 7 miles return

 

As mentioned before, Pyg Track and Miners Track initially follow the path, bypassing Llyn Llydaw. On your hike, you’ll follow the route up Crib Goch and conclude your climb on the same uphill stretch to the peak. Many hikers chose to hike up Snowdon along the more rough Pyg Track and descend using the less taxing Miners’ Track.

 

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Snowdon Ranger Track

 

Difficulty – Easy
Distance – 8 miles return

 

Favoured for its ease and stunning vistas, Snowdon Ranger Track gets its name after the Snowdon Ranger, John Morton, who guided Victorian hikers to the peak. Many hikers opt for this path over the more severe Llanberis path.

 

Beddgelert Path / Rhyd Ddu Path

 

Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
Distanced – 7.5 miles return

 

This route is for those who prize quiet and seclusion. The path cuts across the opposite side of the mountain, away from the Pyg and Miners’ Track route. While Rhyd Ddu Path may not offer the same views as the north portion of the mountain, however, you’ll drink in fantastic sights over Moel Hebog plus the Hills of Nantlle. The gradual climb of the path is best for first-time hikers and blending in the Snowdon Ranger Track makes it a great horseshoe hike!

 

The Watkin Path

 

Difficulty – Difficult
Distance – 8 miles return

 

Watkin path is closest to sea level and contains the most elevation of all Snowdon hike routes. For the challenging climbing, your award is tranquillity, striking views plus a thundering waterfall along the way. The road gets its name from Sir Edward Watkin who constructed his summer house at the beginning of the path and cleared a pathway during the 19th- century. Watch out for sheer drops and keep in mind that the highest portion of The Watkin Path follows screes which may test the seasoned hikers.

 

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Crib Goch

 

Difficulty – Extremely Difficult
Distanced – 4 miles one way

 

The Crib Goch path follows a sharp mountain ridge with sheer drops on both sides. Hikers are deterred against attempting to cross the trail during unfavourable weather, owing to high exposure. We dissuade novice hikers and those afraid of heights from using the Crib Goch trail. Despite the strenuous climb, this pathway provides the most gratifying views across the range.

 

The Snowdon Horseshoe

 

Difficulty – Extremely Difficult
Distanced – 4 miles one way

 

The Snowdon Horseshoe is one of the most testing mountain hiking trails in the UK. If the climb up Crib Goch hasn’t left you completely exhausted, descend along the path through Y Lliwedd which is similarly exposed unprotected and tricky. Leave 7 – 10 hours to complete the entire route, and at the end, you’ll feel a sense of real triumph!

 

If you enjoyed this article, take a look at our guide to the best views in Snowdonia National Park.

 

 

 

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