Whether walking Mount Snowdon or taking a leisurely train journey up to the top, the views going both up and at the top are breath-taking. The mountain top stands at 1085metres above sea level.
There is a beautiful glass sided café at the top of Snowdon for you to stop have a coffee, a bite to eat and take in the stunning views. This café is only open during the summer.
3 main walking routes are used to get to the top, these are;
This is the closest starting point from Ty’n Rhos and the most popular route. This route is also the one taken by the railway. It is said to be the longest route at approximately 9 miles up and down, however the Llanberis path is generally considered to be the easiest in good walking conditions and the better route for those who have slight ‘vertigo’. The Llanberis path is generally walked in approximately 5-6 hours (up and down).
This route starts at Pen y Pass (12 miles from Ty’n Rhos) and is approximately 8 miles up and down and takes around 6 hours to complete. This path is graded as a hard mountain walk. It is called the Miners track as it was built to serve Britannia Copper Mine. Towards the end of the path near the summit, the path gets steeper to climb and gets loose underfoot.
This is the shortest of the three routes at approximately 7 miles up and down. Again this path starts from Pen y Pass and takes around 6 hours to complete. Nobody knows for sure why it is called the ‘Pyg Track’. It could possibly be after the pass it leads through – Bwlch y Moch – which translates to ‘pigs pass’. Or it could be because the path was used to carry ‘pyg’ (black tar) up to the Copper Mines on Snowdon. This path is also graded as a hard mountain walk, it is the most rugged and challenging of the six footpaths up Snowdon. It is instantly steep and over rough and rocky terrain from the very beginning. For very experienced mountaineers you could bear right at Bwlch y Moch which takes you up to Crib Goch (red comb). Crib Goch is a 500 meter knife edge ridge that has no escape route. Even in perfect weather conditions it is a difficult undertaking. It is extremely dangerous and Crib Goch should not be attempted by novices. Towards the end of the Pyg Track the path will meet the Miners Track and from this point the path climbs steeply, before getting to Bwlch Glas which is the meeting point for all paths, which then leads a short walk to the summit.
This is a majestic day out and a truly memorable one.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway takes you up to the summit of Snowdon. Views from the top are simply breath-taking and is known as the roof-top of Wales. The journey begins from the village of Llanberis and goes to the top of Snowdon giving you 30 minutes at the top to simply enjoy the scenery or have a coffee and cake in the glass fronted café.
The railway does have facilities for the disabled (please refer to their website direct), this is an experience that all can enjoy.
This activity is very weather permitting and closes usually from November (last day of Autumn half term usually) and re-opens around Easter time – however it may not go to the summit until early May.
This activity is by far one of the most popular attractions here in North Wales, and we would advise anybody to book this in advance of their stay here.
If you have not booked a ticket we recommend you are at the box office in Llanberis for 9am to see if there are any tickets left for the day.
An extra note, Snowdon is a Mountain and can at times be very cold and misty, views can therefore be limited.