Boasting the highest peaks in England and Wales, wild mountain trails, wetlands, waterfalls, cracking coastline and unique Welsh culture, Snowdonia National Park is unrivalled for its rich variety and stunning beauty.
Outdoors enthusiasts of all descriptions flock to this mountainous Mecca to challenge themselves, push the boundaries and, ultimately, become spellbound by the rugged charm of Snowdonia; the wildly beautiful yet unforgiving landscape will beckon you back time-and-time again.
Snowdon itself, at 3,560 feet (1,085 meters), is the prime destination for most visitors. As such, the sky-scraping mountain—the highest in England and Wales—can get a little crowded. Fear not, though, this Collection offers two approaches to conquering Mount Snowdon that are a little different: the quietest route and the most extreme approach.
However, if you are looking to conquer Snowdon without any hair-raising drops, technical sections and rocky ridges, the Llanberis Path (not included here) is a super-easy option that most people will find manageable. If that still sounds like too much effort, you can get the train to the summit and back from Llanberis as well.
Snowdonia is about much more than Mount Snowdon, though, and this Collection reflects that. You will experience the exhilarating and surprisingly little-visited Carneddau Mountains: the largest area of land over 2,952 feet (900 meters) in England and Wales. This exhilarating route is technical, fun, full of interest, has magnificent views and is packed with exciting ridges, scrambles and heady drops. .
You will also be awe-struck by the Glyder mountains and the ‘Devil’s Kitchen’: a route that captures the rugged charm Snowdonia perfectly and boasts magnificent landscapes at every turn. You will also have the opportunity to visit three magnificent waterfalls: Rhaeadr Ddu, Swallow Falls and Aber Falls.
For the routes in the Collection, Llanberis is a good option to stay. With many hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, as well as plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs to enjoy, the honeypot village is a much-loved destination that is perfect for most. There are good bus links from Llanberis all over the park, too. If you plan to arrive by train, you need to head to Bangor and catch a bus.
For information about Snowdonia National Park, getting there, where to stay, and more, visit: visitsnowdonia.info.
For information about the Snowdon Sherpa (a bus service that travels around all the popular attractions), visit: gwynedd.llyw.cymru/en/Residents/Parking-roads-and-travel/Travel-passes/Snowdon-Sherpa.aspx
For detailed information about Llanberis, visit: llanberis.com.
If you are in Snowdonia there is one mountain climb that is unmissable. The national park’s namesake, Mount Snowdon, dominates the views for miles around. At 3,560 feet (1,085 meters), it is the highest mountain in Wales and England.
Snowdon is definitely a ‘bucket-list’ mountain and the crowds flock accordingly—especially when the weather is good. The most popular paths are …
The imposing razor-back ridge of Crib Goch is, quite simply, the ultimate way to climb Snowdon.
The Grade 1 scramble is a sure-fire thriller that will challenge every aspect of your skill level and personality. If you want to push the boundaries for your Snowdon experience, you will not find a better option than this route.
The Crib Goch scramble …
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If you are looking for a super-leisurely route that packs in magical scenery and a spectacular waterfall, you will be hard-pressed to do better than this glorious circuit.
At just over three miles long, this route follows a well-maintained, easy-going path that all ages and abilities will manage without issue.
With the magnificent Aber Falls ever present in distance, the …
The Carneddau Mountains are the largest area of land over 2,952 feet (900 meters) in England and Wales. Not surprising, then, that serious hikers visiting Snowdonia head here as a matter of urgency—the wild and unforgiving landscape simply begs to be conquered.
This exhilarating route is technical, fun, full of interest, has magnificent views every step of the way and …
Swallow Falls is a popular sight for people visiting Snowdonia National Park.
For good reason, too. Set amid a blissful beauty spot, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and with a mesmerizing ambience, it is a stunning location to visit.
If you want to view the falls—the highest continuous waterfall in Wales—without too much fuss, they can be reached from the …
This route captures the rugged charm Snowdonia perfectly. Boasting magnificent views of the mountainous landscape at every turn, prepare to have your breath taken away many times—and not just from the climbs.
Starting from the A5 road, it is a challenging push past the blue waters of Llyn Bochlwyd and onto the first peak of Glyder Fach: the sixth highest …
This lovely little route packs a lot of punch for its size.
Taking you alongside the choppy waters of the River Gamlan, past the magnificent Rhaeadr Ddu waterfalls and through the stunning Coed Ganllwyd National Nature Reserve, it is a delightful circuit to complete in under one hour.
Rhaeadr Ddu, meaning 'Black Falls', are two waterfalls which cascade over 60 …
Hiking Collection by Dan Hobson