Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
At a height of 1,085 metres (3,560 feet), Snowdon presents the highest point in the British Isles, outside Scotland. The combined effect of Ordovician volcanic rock and extensive glacial erosion has created a mountain in Snowdon that meets everyones image of what a mountain should be. It’s pyramidal peak within the Snowdonian Horseshoe is one of the UK’s most impressive natural sights.
There are eight recognised routes to the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wydda).
1. Miners Track
Starting from Pen y Pass at the head of the Llanberis Pass, the Miners track leads off in a south-west direction. It leads up to Llyn Llydaw. It is a relatively easy, well maintained path that offers tremendous views of the eastern cwm of Snowdon. Further up it leads to Llyn Glaslyn, again a very pretty position. Then the path leads up steeply to join the upper reaches of the Pyg Track which leads up to Bwlch Glas and onto the summit.
2. Pyg Track
Also starting at Pen y Pass, the Pyg Track leads off in a westerly direction from the rear of the car park and soon encounters a rocky climb towards Bwlch y Moch. This opens out into the vista of the full Snowdon Horseshoe. It progresses west to be joined by the Miners Track and then up to Bwlch Glas.
3. Via Crib Goch
Follow the Pyg Track route as far as Bwlch y Moch but then turn right to head steeply up to the Crib Goch summit. This is a steep climb but for those with a head for heights, the Crib Goch traverse is an excellent scramble. A must for everyone!.
4. Via Y Lliwedd
Follow the Miners Track route as far as the Llyn Llydaw causeway, but instead of heading straight-on, bear left up the well marked path to the Y Lliwedd ridge. Quite steep in parts but this route offers excellent views of the Snowdon Horseshoe. It is also quieter than the Miners Track and the Pyg Track. The traverse over Y Lliwedd is an excellent scramble.
5. Watkin Path
Possibly the most picturesque route, this route heads from Nant Gwynant car park to the south of Snowdon. It leads into the Cwm Llan valley. The path follows as steady well marked ascent, saving the steepest climb until the final slopes below the Snowdon summit.
6. Rhyd Ddu Path
Also called the “Beddgellert Path”, from the west, the Rhyd Ddu path offers a gradual climb, eventually merging with the southern ridge of Snowdon at Bwlch Main.
7. Snowdon Ranger Path
Also approaching from the west, starting at the Youth Hostal beside Llyn Cwellyn, the Snowdon Rangers path offers a scenic route to the summit with good views og the Clogwyn Du’r Arddu ridge.
8. Llanberis Path
The Llanberis Path offers probably the easiest, but longest, route to the Snowdon summit. It follows the general route of the Snowdon Railway and offers a easily achievable gradual climb for most people.