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|Aber Falls||4 miles (6.5 km)||Follow a splendid walking trail up to the beautiful Aber Falls on this walk in the Snowdonia National Park. Aber Falls (Rhaeadr Fawr in Welsh) is located near the village of Abergwyngregyn in Gwynedd. The walk starts at the car park at Bont Newydd and follows the North Wales Path along the Afon Rhaeadr Fawr to the 120 ft high falls. You'll pass through the stunning scenery of the Coedydd National Nature Reserve with its wonderful woodland and mountain scenery. There's also a variety of wildlife to look out for including treecreepers, sparrowhawks, woodpeckers, tree pipits, skylarks and buzzards. If you're lucky you may spot polecats, stoat and lizards too. The walk involves a moderate climb but you're rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and mountains from the high points.|
|Aberglaslyn Pass Beddgelert||1 miles (2 km)||This walk takes you through a stunning narrow gorge in the Snowdonia National Park. The path runs along the running waters of the River Glaslyn with waterfalls, interesting vegetation and wonderful views of the surrounding mountainous scenery. The Welsh Highland Railway runs through the pass so look out for their splendid steam trains as you go. |
The walk starts from the National Trust car park in Nantmor village south of Beddgelert. From here it is a short stroll to the the fisherman's path which will take you along the side of the Aberglaslyn gorge and the River Glaslyn. The path runs for just over a mile to Beddgelert with mature oak woodland and old bridges over the river to observe. The village of Beddgelert is very picturesque with a fine bridge crossing the River Colwyn and a number of good pubs for refreshment. You can of course start the walk from here if you wish.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb the imposing Moel Hebog for wonderful views over the area. You could also visit the nearby Beddgelert Forest where you'll find miles of walking paths and mountain bike trails.
|Aran Fawddwy||10 miles (16 km)||Climb to the 905 m (2,969 ft) summit of this mountain in southern Snowdonia and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. The mountain is only (31 ft) short of being a member of the Welsh 3000s. |
The walk starts from the village of Llanuwchllyn near the southern end of Bala Lake. You can park in the village or catch the Bala Lake Railway to Llanuwchllyn and start the walk from there. From the village you head south and pick up the Aran Ridge footpath. You first climb to Aran Benllyn, passing Llyn Lliwbran on the way. You continue to Aran Fawddwy with lovely views down to the lake of Creiglyn Dyfi.
It's a challenging climb but with some wonderful views towards the Rhinog mountains, the Berwyns and the rest of the Arans. The walk can also be attempted from Cwm Cywarch.
To continue your walking in the area you can try the Bala Lake Walk. Footpaths climb into the hills and forests above the lake with wonderful views over the water and surrounding mountains.
|Beddgelert Forest||3 miles (5 km)||This large forest in the Snowdonia National Park has miles of walking paths and great mountain bike trails. There are great views towards Snowdon and a nice path around the lovely Llyn Llewellyn. The Welsh Highland Railway also runs through the forest so look out for the fine steam trains as you go.|
This circular route starts from the car park just off the A4085 but you could also start from the nearby village. You can hire bikes there at Beddgelert Bikes. You can also pick up trail maps. The cycle routes are all waymarked so you can find your way easily.
The forest is also great for walkers with miles of good tracks taking you through the attractive conifer woodland.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb Moel Hebog or visit the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass. Both of these walks can be started from Beddgelert.
|Cadair Idris||5 miles (8 km)||The climb to the 893 m (2,930 ft) summit of Cadair Idris is one of the most popular walks in the Snowdonia National Park. This route follows the Minffordd Path and begins near the car park at Minffordd and the glacial Tal-y-llyn Lake. You begin with a lovely woodland section before ascending towards the stunning Llyn Cau. This beautiful lake is surrounded by huge cliffs and is a breathtaking sight, particularly when viewed from above. You continue around the lake towards Penygadair - the highest point on the mountain. From here there are magnificent views of the Barmouth estuary, the Cambrian Mountains,the Brecon Beacons, the Rhinogs and the rest of Snowdonia National Park. You continue east to Mynydd Moel and descend towards Moelfryn, crossing the Nant Cadair before returning to the car park through the woodland.|
|Carneddau||6 miles (9 km)||This walk explores the Carneddau mountain range in the Snowdonia National Park. You'll visit the peaks of |
Yr Elenwith wonderful views of Tryfan, The Glyders and Llyn Ogwen as you go.
The walk starts from Llyn Ogwen where there is roadside parking. You then follow a track north along the River Lloer to Bryn Mawr and Cwm Loer where you pass around the pretty lake of Ffynnon Lloer. The route then involves a scramble to Pen yr Ole Wen before continuing to the peaks of Carnedd Fach and Carnedd Dafydd. You continue to the 1,064 m (3,491 ft) summit of Carnedd Llewelyn, the second highest peak in Wales after Snowdon. Just to the east of the peak you will find the highest lake in Wales, Llyn Llyffant. From Carnedd Llewelyn you can continue a short distance north west to the 962 m (3,156 ft) peak of Yr Elen. It's a very challenging walk with some scrambling but you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Snowdonia, Bangor, Anglesey and the Irish Sea.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb Tryfan or enjoy an easy walk around Llyn Ogwen.
|Conwy Falls||1 miles (1 km)||Follow the circular Conwy Falls Walk through this beautiful wooded gorge near Betws-y-Coed. The walk starts from the car park and cafe located just off the A5 where it meets the B4406. You then pick up the trail through the woodland to the River Conwy where you will find the lovely falls. Here the river drops 50 feet (15 m) into a deep pool. It's a short, easy walk with a number of good viewpoints. You can refresh yourself in the good sized cafe after your walk. |
To extend your walk you can pick up a footpath along the river to Fairy Glen. Here you will find little waterfalls, rapids and cascades chanelled into a narrow ravine on the River Conwy. It's a delightful place and is only about a mile up river from Conwy Falls.
Also nearby are the wonderful Swallow Falls. These can be reached from Betws-y-Coed by following the Afon Llugwy to the falls. It's a lovely riverside walk, with woodland trails and a series of waterfalls to enjoy.
|Cwm Idwal||2 miles (4 km)||Explore this hanging valley in Snowdonia and enjoy some of the most spectacular mountainous scenery in the country. In a Radio Times poll in 2005, Cwm Idwal was ranked the 7th greatest natural wonder in Britain. |
This circular walk begins at the car park next to the western end of Lllyn Ogwen. You then pick up a footpath which ascends to the beautiful Llyn Idwal. It's a simply wonderful spot with the crystal clear lake and surrounding mountains forming a spectacular natural amphitheatre. The footpath runs along the edge of the lake to the Darwin Idwal Boulders and then to the Idwal Slabs. The slabs were used as a training ground for Mount Everest conqueror Edmund Hillary.
As you pass the lake you close in on the impressive headwall of Cwm Idwal know as 'The Devil's Kitchen'. From here the route descends on the western side of Llyn Idwal to Llyn Ogwen and the finish point.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb the challenging Tryfan mountain. The route starts from the eastern end of Llyn Ogwen.
|Dolgoch Falls||1 miles (2 km)||Travel on the marvellous Talyllyn Railway to Dolgoch and visit the beautiful Dolgoch Falls on this walk in the Snowdonia National Park. You can pick up the steam operated railway from the seaside town of Tywyn on the Cardigan Bay coast. It will then take you on a lovely journey through the Fathew valley to Dolgoch where a short walk will take you to the falls. There are footpaths taking you to the three levels of the falls which are spectacular in wet weather. |
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area you can enjoy waymarked woodland walks in the Nant Gwernol ravine. Alight at Nant Gwernol station to enjoy these walks.
|Dorothea Quarry||3 miles (5 km)||This walk in the Nantlle valley visits the 19th century Dorothea Quarry. The slate quarry is now flooded and is a popular place for scuba divers. It's also good for walking with a footpath taking you from the village of Nantlle to Talysarn via the quarry. You'll pass the old pump house and the old Cornish Beam Engine installed in 1904 to pump the pits. It's an interesting place with nice countryside views to enjoy as well.|
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could stroll down to Nantlle Lake (Llyn Nantlle) from the village. There's a nice footpath along the southern side of the lake with good views across the water to the surrounding hills.
|Fairy Glen Betws y Coed||1 miles (1 km)||Visit this delightful glen in Betws y Coed and enjoy little waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a wooded gorge on the River Conwy. You can pick up the Fairy Glen footpath from the A470 north of the falls. It is located just where the road crosses the river and runs for about half a mile through the glen. There are some steep steps to climb down so please take car when wet as they can be a bit slippery. The glen is a delightfully peaceful area with the rushing water surrounded by interesting vegetation and attractive woodland.|
If you enjoy this walk then you could head to the nearby Swallow Falls. These can be reached from Betws-y-Coed by following the Afon Llugwy to the falls. It's a lovely riverside walk, with woodland trails and a series of waterfalls to enjoy.
Just south of Fairy Glen you will find Conwy Falls. It's about a mile down the river and consists of a short circular trail through the Conwy Forest Park. This takes you to the River Conwy where you will find the lovely 50 ft waterfall.
|Foel Fras||9 miles (15 km)||Climb to the summit of Foel Fras on this challenging climb in the Carneddau mountain range in the Snowdonia National Park. |
The walk starts from the town of LLanfairfechan and climbs towards Garreg Fawr along the North Wales Coast Path. You continue to Pen Bryn Du before reaching the 770 m (2,526 ft) of Drum. From Drum you climb to Foel Fras with wonderful views down towards the pretty Llyn Anafon below. The summit of Foel Fras stands at 942 m (3,091 ft) making it one of the Welsh 3000s (mountains over 3000ft high). From the high pint there are wonderful views over Carneddau and the rest of Snowdonia.
This route descends straight back to LLanfairfechan but you have other options if you'd like to extend your walk. You could continue south and climb to Carneddau Llewellyn, the second highest peak in Wales after Snowdon. This would take you past Garnedd Uchaf and Foel Grach. You could also descend back to Drum and head east to visit Pen Y Castell.
As an alternative you can start the walk from the beautiful Aber Falls by heading left from the car park along the North Wales Coast Path towards Garreg Fawr. Then follow this route from there.
|Four Valleys Path||19 miles (30 km)||Explore the four former slate mining valleys of Nantlle, Gwyrfai, Padarn and Ogwen on this beautiful walk through Gwynedd. The walk runs from Penygroes to Bethesda passing along the edge of the Snowdonia National Park along the way. Highlights on the walk include the 13th century, Dolbadarn Castle which features one of the finest surviving examples of a Welsh round tower. You will also pass between Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia. These glacially formed lakes are overlooked by Elidir Fawr mountain, with the busy village of Llanberis located on the southern shore of Llyn Padarn.|
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc.
|Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach||5 miles (8 km)||Explore the Glyderau mountain range on this spectacular walk in Snowdonia. The challenging walk visits the peaks of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach with incredible views towards Tryfan and over Llyn Ogwen and Llyn Idwal. You will also pass incredible rock formations in the form of the Cantilever Stone and Castell y Gwynt. |
The walk starts at Llyn Ogwen by Idwal Cottage where parking is available. You then climb towards the pretty Llyn Bochlywd and then on to Bwlch Tryfan. You continue to the peak of Glyder Fach, the second highest of the Glyderau range and the sixth highest in Wales. There is a challenging section over the spectacular Bristly Ridge where some scrambling is required. It's a stunning ridge with truly awe inspiring views over Nant Ffrancon and Cwm Idwal. At the summit of Glyder Fach you will find the precariously positioned Cantilever Stone.
The climb then continues to the high point of the Glyderau range at the 1000m high Glyder Fawr. You will pass the magnificent Castell y Gwynt with its series of tall spiky rocks and enjoy views towards Snowdon on this section.
The descent back to Llyn Ogwen passes the two pretty lakes of Llyn y Cwn and Llyn Idwal with wonderful views over the Ogwen Valley.
If you'd like to continue your walking in this area then the Cwm Idwal and Tryfan walks are both nearby.
|Llanberis Waterfall||1 miles (1.5 km)||Visit this spectacular waterfall on this short walk in Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park. Also known as Ceunant Mawr Waterfall these lovely falls drop over a hundred feet into the Afon Arddu. |
It's a short walk to the falls from the centre of Llanberis. A footpath off Church Road leads to the falls where there is an observation point. You can continue your walk by following the riverside path along the Afon Arddu or visiting the woodland of Coed Victoria.
To continue your walking in Llanberis you can visit the beautiful Padarn Country Park. Here you can enjoy a lakeside stroll along Llyn Padarn and catch the Llanberis Lake Railway.
|Llyn Cowlyd||9 miles (14 km)||Visit the deepest lake in north Wales on this walk in the Carneddau range. |
The walk starts from the car park at Capel Curig and follows a footpath north to the reservoir. This section passes along the Afon Llugwy before climbing to the lake which is positioned 1,164 feet (355 m) above sea level. There are great views over the Ogwen Valley.
The trail then runs along the lake with splendid views over the water towards the surrounding mountains of Tryfan, Y Garn, Foel Goch and Pen-Yr-Ole-Wen. It's a good footpath which runs for about 2 miles along the north-western shore of the lake. Other walk highlights include views of the pretty Afon Ddu stream which flows from the lake, and views of the 45ft (14m) high dam at the north-eastern end of the water. The walk can be extended by continuing to the nearby Llyn Eigiau.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then the climb to Moel Siabod starts just a mile south east from the start point of this walk. You could also visit Llynnau Mymbyr for more waterside walking.
|Llyn Cwm Bychan||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a short walk or cycle along this pretty lake in the Rhinogs. The lake is one of the sources of the River Artro which flows south westwards through Llanbedr and onwards to the sea. |
There is a car park at the eastern end of the lake where you can pick up the lakeside trail. It's a good surfaced track, ideal for an easy walk or cycle. The lake is surrounded by hills, rocky outscrops and interesting flora and fauna.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb Rhinog Fawr for great views over Snowdonia.
|Llyn Gwynant||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around this beautiful lake in Snowdonia.|
|Llyn Ogwen||3 miles (5 km)||This circular walk takes you around Llyn Ogwen in the Snowdonia. You'll also visit the beautiful |
Ogwen waterfallat the western end of the lake. There's great views over the lake to the surrounding hills and mountains. The views of Tryfan are particularly good as it is located just to the south of the lake.
You can start the walk from the Tryfan car park on the southern side of the lake. You then follow the lakeside pavement to the waterfall before picking up footpaths above the lake on the northern side.
|Llynnau Mymbyr||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a short walk along this picturesque lake in the Dyffryn Mymbyr valley area of the Snowdonia National Park. |
The walk starts from the car park at Capel Curig and follows a track to the lake. There are footpaths on either side of the lake with the ones on the southern side passing the woodland of Coed Bryn-Engan. There are lovely views across the water to the surrounding mountains. It is a particularly good spot to get a photo of Snowdon across the water.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb to Moel Siabod or visit the nearby Llyn Cowlyd.
|Lon Eifion||11 miles (18 km)||This splendid cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway path from Caernarfon to Bryncir on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. It's a good surfaced traffic free path making it ideal for a safe family cycle or a leisurely walk. There are lovely views of the surrounding Welsh Countryside and mountains such as Yr Eifl (or the Rivals) and Snowdon. The route runs alongside the Welsh Highland Railway so you should also see some wonderful steam trains as you go.|
The route starts at Caernarfon at the impressive Caernarfon Castle, and heads south through the town, crossing the River Seiont on the way. You continue to Llanwnda and Groeslon where you pass the lovely Glynllifon Country Park. It's well worth taking a short detour from the path and visiting the park with its woodland, gardens, parkland and river. There is also a cafe, a maze and exhibits such as steam power pistons restored by Fred Dibnah.
The route continues through Penygroes before the final stretch takes you to the finish point at the little village of Bryncir.
|Mawddach Trail||9 miles (14 km)||This splendid cycling and walking trail takes you along the old Ruabon to Barmouth railway line on excellent paths. The route runs for about 9 miles from the coastal town of Barmouth to Dolgellau, through the Snowdonia National Park. You start by crossing the Barmouth Bridge over the lovely River Mawddach estuary on the coast of Cardigan Bay. The route then runs right alongside the estuary to Penmaenpool Bridge where you can stop for some riverside refreshments. The final stretch continues along the river to the historic town of Dolgellau. It's a beautiful trail with lots of bird watching opportunities around the estuary. The nearby Cadair Idris also makes for a wonderful backdrop for the whole of the route. It's also a very flat trail so it's perfect for people of all abilities.|
|Moel Eilio||8 miles (13 km)||This circular walk climbs to Moel Eilio from Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park. It's a challenging climb with the option of continuing up to the peak of Snowdon Llanberis Path after reaching the Moel Eilio peak.|
Start your walk in Llanberis and head past the quarries to Bwlch y Groes. Here you can ascend to the summit on the north ridge of Moel Eilio, passing Bryn Mawr on the way. From the 726 m (2,382 ft) summit there are splendid views towards Snowdon and the surrounding mountains. After taking in the views you descend to the subsidiary summits of Foel Gron and Foel Goch. The path then descends past Cefn Drum and the Llanberis Waterfall before returning to the town.
An alternative route is to start from the Snowdon Ranger's Path car park and head to the summit via Foel Gron and Foel Groch. See the video below for details of this route and to give you an idea of the scenery you can expect to see on this walk.
To extend your walking in the area you can climb to the Snowdon Peak on the Snowdon Llanberis Path or visit the beautiful Padarn Country Park on the shores of Lake Padarn.
|Moel Hebog||2 miles (3 km)||This challenging walk climbs Moel Hebog from Beddgelert in the Snowdonia National Park. There's great views of the Welsh coastline and several peaks including Snowdon, Moel Siabod and the Nantlle Ridge. Please note that while this is a great walk the path is not always well defined and there is a degree of scrambling involved.|
The walk starts from the picturesque village of Beddgelert with its fine bridge crossing the River Colwyn and a number of good pubs for refreshment. You then follow footpaths out of the village and through a woodland section before ascending the mountain path. At the 783 m (2,569 ft) summit you will find a trig point where you can enjoy some stunning views of the surrounding peaks. The walk can be extended by continuing to the peaks of Moel yr Ogof and Moel Lefn .
The area is great for wildlife spotting. Look out for Buzzards, Red Kites and Perigrine Falcons as you make your way up the mountain.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could follow the footpath along the Aberglaslyn Pass. You could also visit the nearby Beddgelert Forest where you'll find miles of walking paths and mountain bike trails.
|Moel Siabod||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the summit of Moel Siabod on this challenging walk in Snowdonia. The mountain reaches a peak of 872m making it the highest peak in the Moelwynion mountain range. The views from the summit are particularly special. On a clear day the you can see Snowdonia, Glyderrau and the Carneddau ranges. |
The start point at the village of Pont Cyfyng is delightful, with views of the Afon (river) Llugwy and the Llugwy waterfalls. You then ascend to the summit passing a small lake, a quarry and the lovely Llyn-y-Foel on the way. There's also the spectacular Deaer Ddu south east ridge which requires some scrambling before you reach the summit.
This is a challenging walk with some scrambling required. You are rewarded with wonderful views throughout.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then the walk to Llyn Cowlyd starts from the nearby Capel Curig car park.
|Mynydd Mawr||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the 698 m (2,290 ft) summit Mynydd Mawr on this challenging climb in the Snowdonia National Park. On the walk you will enjoy stunning views of Llyn Cwellyn and the surrounding mountains. The walk starts from the village of Rhyd Ddu and follows woodland trails through Beddgelert Forest before climbing above Llyn Cwellyn to Foel Rudd and then on to the Mynydd Mawr summit. There are interesting geological formations, rocky outcrops and breathtakingly beautiful views to enjoy. It's also a fairly quiet walk with most people heading to Snowdon from Rhyd Ddu.|
If you'd like to continue your climbing in the area then the Snowdon Rhyd Ddu Path starts from the village too. You could also head along the wonderful Nantlle Ridge.
|Nantlle Ridge||9 miles (14 km)||This popular circular walk explores the Nantlle Ridge range of mountains in the Snowdonia National Park. You'll visit a series of imposing peaks with magnificent views over Snowdonia.|
The walk starts from the village of Rhyd Ddu and heads to the first peak of Y Garn which is only about a mile away. At the 633 m (2,077 ft) Y Garn summit you will find a rocky plateau, steep cliffs and cairns.
The route continues to the next peak on the ridge - Mynydd Drws-y-Coed. This exposed peak requires a degree of scrambling to reach the 695 m (2,280 ft) summit.
From here you climb to the second highest peak on the ridge, Trum y Ddysgl. From the 709 m (2,326 ft) summit you can enjoy wonderful views of Mynydd Mawr, Yr Wyddfa and Moel Hebog.
The route then descends to the next peak of Mynydd Tal-y-Mignedd, a subsidiary summit of Trum y Ddysgl. Here you will find a large stone obelisk, put up to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
Continuing south west you come to the highest point on the Nantlle Ridge, Craig Cwm Silyn. From the 734 m (2,408 ft) summit there are wonderful 360 panoramic views of the area. The other peaks on the ridge are Garnedd Goch Mynydd Graig Goch. They are a few miles west of Craig Cwm Silyn and not visited on this walk.
From Craig Cwm Silyn you descend to Cwm Trwsgl, passing a small reservoir and a quarry. The final section then takes you through the attractive woodland of Beddgelert Forest before returning to Rhyd Ddu.
|Padarn Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||This country park in Snowdonia has a number of splendid way-marked walking trails to follow. There are 800 acres to explore through oak woodland and along lakeside paths. |
The beautiful Llyn Padarn is the centrepiece of the park. You can stroll along the lakeside or catch the Llanberis Lake Railway which runs along the easten edge of the lake. It's a splendid 1 hour ride with views of the 13th century Dolbadarn Castle and the twin lakes of Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris. Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales makes a wonderful backdrop.
To continue your walking in the area you could visit the spectacular Llanberis Waterfall. It is located just to the south of the country park and has a nice footpath running to the 100ft high falls.
For splendid views of the area you could try the climb to Moel Eilio from Llanberis.
|Rhinog Fawr||4 miles (7 km)||Visit the Rhinogs range of mountains in the Snowdonia National Park and climb Rhinog Fawr on this challenging walk. You'll pass heathery slopes, little streams, rocky outcrops and two small lakes on your way to the top.|
The walk begins from the Lake Cwm Bychan car park a couple of miles north of Rhinog Fawr. You then follow the footpaths through a woodland area before climbing the Roman Steps. You'll pass the two pretty lakes of Llyn Morwynion and Llyn Du before coming to the 720 m (2,360 ft) summit of Rhinog Fawr. From here there are fabulous views over the surrounding peaks and lakes. The area is also a National Nature Reserve so look out for interesting flora and fauna including purple heather and wild goats.
|Snowdon Llanberis Path||9 miles (14.5 km)||Climb to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales on this challenging walk. The Llanberis Path is the longest of the six routes to the top of Snowdon but because of it's gradual elevation it is generally considered the easiest route to the summit. It's very popular with leisure walkers as it runs parallel with the Snowdon Mountain railway which starts at Llanberis. As such you can use the railway to take you up (or down) part of the route.|
The path starts in Llanberis near to the Royal Victoria Hotel and climbs towards Hebron Station with great views back towards Dinorwig Slate Quarry and Elidir Fawr. You continue to Halfway House, with wonderful views of Moel Cynghorion, Foel Goch, Foel Gron, Moel Eilio and the Cwm Brwynog valley. At Halfway House you can purchase refreshments in the summer months. The next stage ascends towards Cwm Glas Bach with views of the Llyn Du'r Arddu lake. The final section takes you from Bwlch Glas to the summit where there are magnificent views over Snowdonia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Peak District and the Lake District.
If you're looking for more challenging climbs to the summit you could try the Snowdon Miners Track or the Snowdon Pyg Track. The peak can also be reached by following a longer trail to Moel Eilio Foel Gron and Foel Goch.
|Snowdon Miners Track||8 miles (13 km)||This route follows the Miners Track to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales. It is a slightly longer route than the alternative Pyg Track but has the advantage of waterside sections alongside the mountain's three beautiful lakes of Llyn Teyrn, Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn.|
The walk begins in the Pen y Pass car park and ascends to the pretty Llyn Teyrn before coming to the much larger Llyn Llydaw. The path crosses the lake and then runs right along it's northern edge, making for a lovely waterside section. At the lake you'll also pass the ruins of the old Britannia Copper Mine crushing mill.
You continue along a steep section to Llyn Glaslyn and then Bwlch Glas where you can see the tracks of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The final section takes you from Bwlch Glas to the Snowdon summit where there are magnificent views over Snowdonia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Peak District and the Lake District.
The Pyg Track starts from the same car park. It is a shorter route but has more challenging rocky sections.
|Snowdon Pyg Track||7 miles (11 km)||Climb to the summit of Snowdon on this challenging walk in the Snowdonia National Park. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, and the third highest in Britain, standing at a height of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft). The Pyg Track is one of six paths to the Snowdon summit. It is generally regarded as the most challenging as it crosses some rough and rocky terrain. |
The walk begins in the Pen y Pass car park and ascends to Bwlch y Moch. You continue past the beautiful glacial lakes of Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn on your way to Bwlch Glas where you can see the tracks of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The final section takes you from Bwlch Glas to the summit where there are magnificent views over Snowdonia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Peak District and the Lake District.
The Snowdon Miners Track also starts from the same car park and has the advantage of waterside sections along the mountain's three beautiful lakes of Llyn Teyrn, Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn.
|Snowdon Rhyd Ddu Path||7 miles (12 km)||The Rhyd Ddu Path is one of the six main routes to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales. It is considered to be one of the quietest and most beautiful, though there are some challenging sections where care should be taken.|
The path begins in the car park in the village of Rhyd Ddu and ascends to Pen ar Lon, Rhos Boeth and Llechog, before reaching the 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) summit. On the asent you will enjoy magnificent views of Llyn y Gadair and Llyn Cwellyn lakes, and the summits of Moel Hebog, Moel yr Ogof, Moel Lefn, Mynydd Drws y Coed and Mynydd Mawr. From the Snowdon summit there are views over Snowdonia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Peak District and the Lake District.
|Swallow Falls||2 miles (4 km)||This walk follows the Afon Llugwy from Betws-y-Coed to the beautiful Swallow Falls in the Snowdonia National Park. This is a popular riverside walk, passing along woodland trails with a series of waterfalls to enjoy. |
The walk starts in the delightful village of Betws-y-Coed in the Conwy valley. The area is popular with walkers as it is surrounded by some wonderful woodland trails, the Clogwyn Cyrrau Nature Reserve, the Llyn Elsi, and the rivers Conwy, Llugwy and Lledr. This walk takes you along the Llugwy passing the wooden Miner's Bridge and several smaller waterfalls before coming to Swallow Falls. The falls are charming and are best enjoyed after wet weather. You can enjoy refreshments at the nearby Swallow Falls Hotel.
If you enjoy this walk then you could head to the nearby Conwy Falls. Here you will find a short circular trail through the Conwy Forest Park. This takes you to the River Conwy where you will find the lovely 50 ft waterfall.
Also nearby is the delightful Fairy Glen where you can enjoy little waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a magical wooded gorge on the River Conwy.
|Tal-y-llyn Lake||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk around this stunning glacial lake in the Snowdonia National Park. The lake is situated at the foot of the imposing Cadair Idris the second highest mountain in Wales. There is a lovely walking trail along the northern end of the lake which will take you from Tal-y-llyn to Dol-ffanog. At the south western end of the lake you will find a lakeside hotel where you can get a Welsh cream tea and other refreshments.|
|Tryfan||2 miles (3.6 km)||This is a very popular and very challenging climb to the top of Tryfan in Snowdonia. Tryfan has a distinctive pointed shape with rugged crags making it stand it out amongst the other peaks in the area. This route takes you to the 917.5 m (3,010 ft) summit via the north ridge. The path is difficult in many places so scrambling with both hands is required.|
The walk starts from the parking area next to Lllyn Ogwen and ascends to Milestone Buttress and then onto the eye catching Canon Stone. This splinter of rock protrudes from the mountain at a 45 degree angle. The route continues to the north ridge where you will scramble over several boulders before reaching the summit. At the summit you will see the striking boulders of Adam and Eve. It is said that if you jump between the rocks on the 'Leap of Faith' you will be rewarded the Freedom of Tryfan.
The descent takes you to Bwlch Tryfan and then onto the pretty Llyn Bochlwyd. You continue with lovely views of the lake to Bochlwyd Buttress and then back to the shores of Lyn Ogwen.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Cwm Idwal for more stunning mountainous scenery. The route starts from the eastern end of Llyn Ogwen.
You could also tackle the nearby Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach or the slightly quieter Carneddau Range.
|Y Garn||4 miles (7 km)||Enjoy breathtaking views over the Snowdonia National Park on this challenging climb to the 947 m (3,107 ft) summit of Y Garn. |
The walk starts at the car park at the western end of Llyn Ogwen and climbs to the wonderful natural amphitheatre of Cwm Idwal. In a Radio Times poll in 2005, Cwm Idwal was ranked the 7th greatest natural wonder in Britain. You pass along the beautiful clear waters of Llyn Idwal before climbing towards Pinnacle Crag. You continue to the summit with views Llyn Clyd and the Ogwen Valley. The route then descends towards the Devil's Kitchen and Cwm Idwal before returning to the car park.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could try the challenging Tryfan mountain.