Climbing Snowdown: The Most Popular Snowdon Routes

Climbing Snowdown: The Most Popular Snowdon Routes

Standing at 1085 metres , Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales.

Summating this mountain can be easily done in a day and there are a few different Snowdown routes to take to the summit.

The views from the top are beautiful and give you a panoramic of Snowdonia Park. You will also be able to pop to the loo and have a hot drink at the café, which is the highest in the UK open seasonally and weather dependent.

You’re ready for an epic day hike. Not only have you picked out the trail, but you’ve also done your research and know all the important details like distance, conditions, elevation, and logistics. After checking the weather and getting the stoke level high, it’s time to gear up. The only problem is, what day hiking essentials you should bring on your hike to keep you safe and comfortable on the trail?

If you’ve ever wondered this, you’re certainly not alone. There are dozens of hiking gear lists on the internet to answer this exact question. But what we’ve found at Bearfoot Theory is that many of these gear lists have a bunch of items that most hikers never take with them on the trail. So how is our day hiking essentials list different? This is the practical stuff we at Bearfoot Theory actually bring on an average day hike. Nothing more and nothing less.

Check the weather before you go and make sure you have sensible footwear (make sure to take all the necessary trekking essentials).

Most popular Snowdon routes

Mount Snowdon has stunning scenery and whichever way you go up, you will fully appreciate your surroundings in this wild Snowdonia (unless you take the train up to the summit – but that’s sort of cheating)

There are a number of main Snowdon routes to the summit, these are a few of the most popular:

Llanberis Path (9 miles there and back)

This is the longest route and also considered the easiest but perhaps the least scenic. This path was first used to carry tourists up on ponies and mules so the track all the way up is pretty visible.

Pyg Track (7 miles there and back)

Whilst walking on this route, the path will veer up towards what looks like the summit, but it is in fact another route (which is quite tough and on the ridge) called Crib Goch. Try not to wonder up it unless you fancy a bit of a challenge and definitely not in bad weather as it will get steep, narrow and dangerous if you are not prepared. Where the path splits in two look for a stile and the lake down below on the left hand side. This is the Pyg route.

Miners Path (8 miles there and back)

This is a popular route up, fairly easy to begin, walking by the lake then a steep zigzag accent up where you’ll meet walkers from the Pyg Track too. A finger stone marks the two Snowdon routes joining. The two paths start from the same place too, so it maybe a good idea to ascend one and descend on another route. There are a few desolate mine buildings along the way that add to the surroundings and history of the place.

Watkin Path (8 miles there and back)

Considered the Snowdon route with the best views, this path is also the hardest. It starts at the lowest point compared to the other Snowdon routes. Towards the top it becomes quite demanding.