Snowdon

At 1,085m (3,560ft) Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England. The most popular peak in Snowdonia National Park, Snowdon welcomes over half a million visitors a year and has six straightforward routes to the summit.

For those not able or willing, there is also a railway service to the summit during peak season. This traditional rack and pinion railway is the only public service train of it’s kind in the UK and services over 130,000 visitors per annum.

Similarly to the neighbouring Ogwen Valley, the Snowdon Horseshoe was formed by glacial erosion in the last ice age, leaving a number of beautiful mountain lakes including Llyn Llydaw.

Open Arms To Closed Fists | Snowdon Canvas Print | thefrozendivide

How To Find Snowdon

Snowdon is located in the north west of Snowdonia National Park.

Here are the car park postcodes for the six main paths to Snowdon:

Llanberis Path – LL55 4TY
Ranger Path – LL54 7YS
Rhyd Ddu Path – LL54 6TN
Watkin Path – LL55 4NR
Miners Path – LL55 4NU
Pyg Track – LL55 4NU

Snowdon Trail Routes

Snowdon has six main trail routes available to the summit. Click open the tabs for FREE route information.

Snowdon via Pyg Track & Miners Path is an incredibly popular way to summit the highest mountain in Wales & England. Parking at Pen Y Pass costs a disgusting £10 and this trail route is usually full of people…

BUT, if (and it’s a big IF) we catch this route on a rare quiet day it genuinely is one of the most picturesque trails in Snowdonia National Park.

Distance 7.3 miles

Time 4 hours (walking) 1 hour 10 mins (running)

Total Ascent 3,084ft

OS Maps click to open this route on the OS Maps website

Summits Snowdon

Lakes (views of) Llyn Llydaw, Llyn Glaslyn, Crib Goch, Yr Aran, Y Lliwedd

Snowdon via Pyg Track & Miners Path 3D Map

1. Pen Y Pass car park is very well maintained (and so it should be charging people £10), with public toilets and facilities. The Pyg Track starts at a gap in the higher level section of the car park and wanders up towards Crib Goch. After approximately 1 mile the path reaches a double stile and the first view of lake Llyn Llydaw. The path to Crib Goch veers sharply up to the right at this point, but for this Snowdon via Pyg Track & Miners Path trail route we continue along the clear track alongside the lake.

2. Due to the amount of footfall each year, this path is very well looked after and easy to navigate in any weather. On reaching Llyn Glaslyn the view of Snowdon summit is absolutely spectacular. At this point the Miners Track joins the Pyg Track from the left and both merge into one path that zig zags up to the ridgeline. This is the only part of the route that can become unpassable in full winter conditions, without taking specialist equipment.

3. From the ridgeline it’s a short wander up alongside the railway line to the summit to enjoy the view, praying for as few other people as possible. On this trail route we head back the way we came, descending the zig zag path until we reach the split between the Pyg and Miners. This is the only section that can become a little unclear in poor weather conditions, but it’s usually fairly easy to follow the many previous footsteps through the short rocky scree line and again meet up with a well maintained path next to Llyn Llydaw.

4. This path wanders lakeside until reaching the causeway to cross over, then another wonderful landscape view opens up as the path wraps around the smaller lake Llyn Teyrn. The final mile is a well kept track that’s pretty much impossible to get lost on in any weather.

Snowdon via Pyg Track & Miners Path is an incredibly popular way to summit the highest mountain in Wales & England. Parking at Pen Y Pass costs a disgusting £10 and this trail route is usually full of people…

BUT, if (and it’s a big IF) we catch this route on a rare quiet day it genuinely is one of the most picturesque trails in Snowdonia National Park.

Distance 7.3 miles

Time 4 hours (walking) 1 hour 10 mins (running)

Total Ascent 3,084ft

OS Maps click to open this route on the OS Maps website

Summits Snowdon

Lakes (views of) Llyn Llydaw, Llyn Glaslyn, Crib Goch, Yr Aran, Y Lliwedd

Snowdon via Pyg Track & Miners Path 3D Map

1. Pen Y Pass car park is very well maintained (and so it should be charging people £10), with public toilets and facilities. The Pyg Track starts at a gap in the higher level section of the car park and wanders up towards Crib Goch. After approximately 1 mile the path reaches a double stile and the first view of lake Llyn Llydaw. The path to Crib Goch veers sharply up to the right at this point, but for this Snowdon via Pyg Track & Miners Path trail route we continue along the clear track alongside the lake.

2. Due to the amount of footfall each year, this path is very well looked after and easy to navigate in any weather. On reaching Llyn Glaslyn the view of Snowdon summit is absolutely spectacular. At this point the Miners Track joins the Pyg Track from the left and both merge into one path that zig zags up to the ridgeline. This is the only part of the route that can become unpassable in full winter conditions, without taking specialist equipment.

3. From the ridgeline it’s a short wander up alongside the railway line to the summit to enjoy the view, praying for as few other people as possible. On this trail route we head back the way we came, descending the zig zag path until we reach the split between the Pyg and Miners. This is the only section that can become a little unclear in poor weather conditions, but it’s usually fairly easy to follow the many previous footsteps through the short rocky scree line and again meet up with a well maintained path next to Llyn Llydaw.

4. This path wanders lakeside until reaching the causeway to cross over, then another wonderful landscape view opens up as the path wraps around the smaller lake Llyn Teyrn. The final mile is a well kept track that’s pretty much impossible to get lost on in any weather.

We find the best way to enjoy the Watkin is to use it for the ascent and then come back down via the top of the Rhyd Ddu path. One of the best all round ways to summit, our Watkin Path & Rhyd Ddu Snowdon Loop is great way to see the highest mountain in England and Wales.

Good car parking, beautiful forest to start, huge waterfalls, old quarries, insane views and a great ridge line descent make this a winner for doing Snowdon. Not to mention missing the hordes of people on Crib Goch and the Pen Y Pass/Llanberis side.

Distance 7.9 miles

Time 4 hours 30 minutes (walking) 2 hours (running)

Total Ascent 3,828ft

OS Maps click to open this route on the OS Maps website

Summits Snowdon

Lakes (views of) Llyn Llydaw, Llyn Glaslyn, Crib Goch, Yr Aran, Y Lliwedd

Watkin Path & Rhyd Ddu Snowdon Loop 3D Map | thefrozendivide

1. The Bethania car park is a really handy place to start off, plenty of space and a reasonably clean toilet block. From there we cross the road and immediately take the forest trail up. Some beautiful woodland streams and wonderful light on sunny days here.

2. The path clearly snakes its way up past a huge waterfall and into the old quarries. Snowdon summit becomes visible and the steepest part of the Watkin Path meanders up, levelling out briefly between Snowdon and Y Lliwedd before a calf busting last push to the top.

3. From the summit we initially head back in the direction we came from, but ignore the Watkin turn off and continue straight down the Rhyd Ddu ridge. This is a beautiful part of Snowdon, overshadowed by Crib Goch, it’s incredible fun to run down in any weather – the drops less vertical than Crib with a nicely worn narrow trail.

4. At the Yr Aran crossroads we choose between heading up and over Yr Aran, or turning left back down into the valley to meet the Watkin Path near the top of the big waterfall. Crossing over the waterfall at the top gives a much nicer descent (keeping the waterfall on our right hand side till crossing back on a small footbridge lower down). Then it’s retrace steps back through the forest to the car park.

The bottom of the Rhyd Ddu path isn’t that much fun so we love combining it with the Watkin path for an incredible circular walk to Snowdon’s summit.

Good car parking, beautiful forest to start, huge waterfalls, old quarries, insane views and a great ridge line descent make this a winner for doing Snowdon. Not to mention missing the hordes of people on Crib Goch and the Pen Y Pass/Llanberis side.

Distance 7.9 miles

Time 4 hours 30 minutes (walking) 2 hours (running)

Total Ascent 3,828ft

OS Maps click to open this route on the OS Maps website

Summits Snowdon

Lakes (views of) Llyn Llydaw, Llyn Glaslyn, Crib Goch, Yr Aran, Y Lliwedd

Watkin Path & Rhyd Ddu Snowdon Loop 3D Map | thefrozendivide

1. The Bethania car park is a really handy place to start off, plenty of space and a reasonably clean toilet block. From there we cross the road and immediately take the forest trail up. Some beautiful woodland streams and wonderful light on sunny days here.

2. The path clearly snakes its way up past a huge waterfall and into the old quarries. Snowdon summit becomes visible and the steepest part of the Watkin Path meanders up, levelling out briefly between Snowdon and Y Lliwedd before a calf busting last push to the top.

3. From the summit we initially head back in the direction we came from, but ignore the Watkin turn off and continue straight down the Rhyd Ddu ridge. This is a beautiful part of Snowdon, overshadowed by Crib Goch, it’s incredible fun to run down in any weather – the drops less vertical than Crib with a nicely worn narrow trail.

4. At the Yr Aran crossroads we choose between heading up and over Yr Aran, or turning left back down into the valley to meet the Watkin Path near the top of the big waterfall. Crossing over the waterfall at the top gives a much nicer descent (keeping the waterfall on our right hand side till crossing back on a small footbridge lower down). Then it’s retrace steps back through the forest to the car park.

COMING SOON

The shallowest gradient and most straightforward route to the summit, the Llanberis Path is the safest path to the top as it follows the railway line the entire way from Llanberis town to the top of the highest mountain in Wales (and England).

If you need a Trail Route to do this you really shouldn’t be wandering around on mountains.

Snowdon Memories

Keep scrolling for videos and photos from our own trips to Snowdon.

Snow Running at Snowdon

Blessed on this day with amazing end of winter/start of spring sunshine, it seemed a perfect time for snow running Snowdon.

We first wandered up the Watkin path to Snowdon summit, it was a bit hairy on the steepest top section but nothing too horrendous.

After smiling at the many people with snow suits, axes & crampons at the Snowdon summit, we ran down the snow covered Rhyd Ddu path in our LaSportiva Mutant trainers.

The views were great, we ran quick and had lots of smiles. Job Done.

Summer Solstice at Snowdon

We summited the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon, on the longest day of 2019, summer solstice. 

Expecting big crowds, we were pleasantly surprised to find very few people on the mountain and enjoyed some breathtaking sunshine and cloudscapes.

We ascended via the Pyg Track and descended via the Miners Path to take in the last of the light over the big lakes.

Elidir Fawr Timelapse

Timelapse video of the Snowdon horseshoe and beyond, viewed from the summit of Elidir Fawr mountain, just down the Nant Peris valley.

Llyn Gwynant Sunset

Looking towards Llyn Gwynant where the sun cascades in beams through the valley is a stunning place to view sunset next to Snowdon.

Park in the main Gwynant road Snowdon viewpoint car park and walk a short way up the hill to find this spot.

Snowdon Photo Gallery