Hiking Highlight (Segment)
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November 8, 2018
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 from Pen-y-Pass, the direct approach from Llanberis and the Watkin Path. There are also many visitors arriving by train.
If you want to beat the crowds without losing any of the views, landscape or challenge, this route is the one for you. Taking you along two of the quietest and most historic paths, you can enjoy the serene mountain landscape in as much solitude as is possible.
You ascend Snowdon via the Rhyd Ddu Path (pronounced ‘rheed-thee’). Renowned as being the quietest and least touristic route up Snowdon, it is also one of the best with views to rival any alternative. Once called the Beddgelert Path, this route was used for the first official ascent of Snowdon in 1639.
Before the summit, you are treated to a taster of what is to come on the Llechog ridge and peak. Your climbing efforts are rewarded richly with views north over Cwm Clogwyn and towards the Snowdon Ranger Path, as well as the lakes of Llyn Nadroedd, Llyn Coch and Llyn Glas below.
Just over a mile later you will find yourself on the summit of Snowdon. On a clear day, the views are endless and are absolutely magnificent. The summit is also home to a fantastic summit station, complete with refreshments and facilities.
From here, you will descend on the Snowdon Ranger Path. Also one of the quietest routes on Snowdon, the descent begins on LLanberis Path, before a rocky track takes you down the eastern slope. The Ranger Path boasts magnificent views over mountain lakes and rocky ridges that the national park is famous for.
A mile after passing Llyn Fynnon-y-gwas, you reach a junction of paths. From here you can either descend to the bottom of the path to the Snowdon Ranger Station, where you will be able to catch a bus to Rhyd Ddu, or, if you are lucky, the vintage steam train.
If you want to hike to Rhyd Ddu, take the stile on your left at this junction and follow the path down into the valley. This will add an additional two miles to the route.
For information about the Snowdon Sherpa (the bus that runs around the base of Snowdon), visit: gwynedd.llyw.cymru/en/Residents/Parking-roads-and-travel/Travel-passes/Snowdon-Sherpa.aspx
For information about the trains, visit: festrail.co.uk/timetable-whr.htm