Snowdon

Matt Lynch
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Snowdon or “Yr Wyddfa” in Welsh, is the tallest mountain in Wales and England. It stands at 1,085 metres and dominates the surrounding landscape known as the Snowdon massif. No trip to Snowdonia National Park would be complete without attempting to summit this peak. There are numerous paths which can be taken to reach the top. Trails lead to the summit from all directions and there’s even a railway that can be taken for anyone who wishes to see the views but doesn’t feel up to making the full climb. Although, if possible, the climb is recommended to reap the rewards of reaching the summit! Llanberis Path – a 9-mile trail beginning in the village of Llanberis. The trail begins to the north of Snowdon and roughly follows the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the summit. Miners’ Track – 8-mile trail beginning at the Pen-y-Pass car park to the east of Snowdon. Trail loops alongside Llyn Llydaw and some old mining buildings before ascending to the peak. Pyg Track – 7-mile trail also beginning at the Pen-y-Pass car park. Joins with the Miner’s Track above Glaslyn and follows the same trail to the summit. Initially, the path is situated higher on the valley wall than the Miners’ track. Watkin Path – an 8-mile trail from the south of Snowdon. Begins at Nant Gwynant and follows a short section of road before joining a mountain trail. Rhyd-Ddu Path – 8.5-mile trail starting to the west of Snowdon from a car park on the A4085. Snowdon Ranger Path – 8-mile trail starting from the Snowdon Ranger’s Station situated to the west of Snowdon alongside Llyn Cwellyn. Snowdon Mountain Railway – a train that takes you from Llanberis ¾ of the way up Snowdon to Clogwyn Station. A 100-year-old train that creeps up the mountain at about 5 mph. 2 hour 30 minute round trip. Britain’s only rack and pinion railway. Crib Goch – a sensational Grade I scramble up to Snowdon beginning in Pen-y-Pass. This trail initially follows the Pyg Track before diverting up a steep face of rock where you will take a hair-raising ridge-line scramble towards the summit. Not to be attempted for inexperienced hikers or in poor weather.
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