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The Welsh 3000s in Snowdonia National Park

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7

Tours

38:53 h

64.3 mi

18,825 ft

The "Welsh 3,000s" is one of the most famous mountaineering tours in Great Britain. It covers three mountain ranges and a total of 15 peaks, all located in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. All of the summits, the so-called "15 peaks", are over 3,000 feet high. And while this may seem like a relatively easy feat for Alpine hikers, most of the valleys separating the peaks are only a few meters above sea level.

To complete the Welsh 3,000s challenge, you'll have to hike a total distance 35 miles (57 kilometers) and conquer over 10,500 feet (3,300 meters) of elevation gain. Your effort will be swiftly rewarded, however, as you'll enjoy some spectacular views while you go. And even though the total hike is relatively short, the three different mountain ranges you'll cross will deliver noticeably different challenges thanks to their noticeably different characters—so get ready for a real adventure.

The Welsh 3000s is traditionally tackled within 24 hours. So that you can make the most of your visit, however, we've divided the full route into 3 day-stages. To complete the full hike, you'll still need to be in peak physical condition, possess Alpine experience and hike with extreme sure-footedness.

For less ambitious hikers who want to enjoy the scenery without any time pressure, we have also put together four fantastic day-hikes that will reveal to you the fantastic mountain world of Snowdonia National Park. All you have to do is choose your favorite hike and get outside.

The National Park is easily accessible by train or long-distance bus from Liverpool, Manchester or Cardiff. Within the park, in addition to the Sherpa busses that provide drop-off/pick-up services to and from numerous trailheads, there are also various narrow-gauge railways that rattle through the valleys on the former tracks of the mines and slate quarries.

Incidentally, the record for the Welsh 3,000s is 4 hours (!) and 19 minutes. Scotsman Colin Donnelly ran the route in this record time was back in in 1988. While that's one mighty feat we have incredible respect for, we doubt that he'd have had the time to enjoy the best thing about this mountaineering Tour: The view.

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    Difficult
    05:29
    8.20 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,425 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The first stage brings you to the highest summit in Wales. Different to the traditional Welsh 3000s route, your hike starts in Pen-y-Pass, a small village between the Snowdon Massif and the Glyder group. For the first mile, you follow the Pyg Trail up to Snowdon before turning right to ascend Crib Goch. The trail is fairly well defined to …

  • Difficult
    09:01
    12.4 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,775 ft
    4,150 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 2 leads you up into the Glyderau Group. On this stage, you will ascend five of the Welsh 3000s — five mountains whose rocky summits and steep cliffs are considered some the most beautiful in Wales.

    Leaving Llanberis, you’ll walk along Lake Llyn Peris until you arrive in the small village of Nant Peris. From here, you’ll start your …

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  • Difficult
    08:17
    15.1 mi
    1.8 mph
    3,825 ft
    4,175 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your third stage starts at the youth hostel at the western shore of the lake Llyn Ogwen. Compared to the first and second stage, this hike is much easier. The distance is still quite demanding, however, so if you’re tired, consider skipping the first mile or so by taking a ride up to the Glan Dena Hut. From here, a …

  • Difficult
    07:15
    12.8 mi
    1.8 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,350 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage will take you on a beautiful and fairly quiet hike to Snowdon’s summit. The hike starts and ends at the bus stop in front of Nant Gwynant car park, which can be reached by the Snowdon Sherpa bus service. This route up to Snowdon is considered one of the toughest ascents, as the elevation gain is quite intense, …

  • Intermediate
    03:05
    6.36 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you up into the quiet valley Cwm Bychan and reveals to you the industrial heritage of North Wales.

    Your hike starts in the tiny village of Beddgelert, which can be reached by steam train, a special service run by the Welsh Highland Railways. Once you’re underway, you’ll follow the path along the river Afon Glaslyn until you …

  • Intermediate
    02:13
    3.62 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The beautiful glacial valley Cwm Idwal, with it's green meadows, dark lakes and vast slopes, is one of the most beautiful places in Snowdonia. This stage starts at the bus stop in front of the Llyn Ogwen car park. From here, you’ll follow the path through the distinctive iron gate as you begin your hike up to Llyn Idwal. As …

  • Intermediate
    03:33
    5.73 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,250 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Cadair Idris ridge is one of the most famous mountains in Wales. The ridge, with the steep cliffs and undisturbed lakes on both sides, offers truly extraordinary views over an epic landscape.

    To get to the summit, you can choose from one of several trails. This one will take you along the Pony Path, which is considered the safest …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    64.3 mi
  • Duration
    38:53 h
  • Elevation
    18,825 ft

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