Visiting Snowdonia

Cader Idris from Foel Caerynwch

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Hard Strenuous Walks

Whether you want to ascend one of the six paths up Snowdon or tackle Cader Idris in southern Snowdonia, on a clear day, the panoramic views seen from the summits are unbeatable!

These paths can be very demanding in places. The mountainous terrain can become challenging with steep gradients, rocky paths and some scrambling required. Exceptional care should be taken when attempting these paths in winter conditions as the ground underfoot can become treacherous and should not be attempted by novice walkers. You should look out for loose scree and steep slopes if undertaking these walks. Always remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear before venturing out into the mountains and check the weather forecast before you set off. Please read our Mountain Safety Advice before venturing out on the mountain

Llanberis Path, Snowdon

Llanberis Path, Snowdon - Hard Strenuous Walk

Llanberis Path is the longest and most gradual of the six main paths to the summit of Snowdon, and offers fantastic views of Cwm Brwynog, Llanberis and over the Menai straights towards Anglesey.

Distance: 9 miles - 14.5Km (there & back)

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Miners' Track, Snowdon

Miners' Track, Snowdon - Hard Strenuous Walk

The Miners’ Track was built to serve the Britannia Copper Mine on Snowdon but it is not the route originally used to serve the mine.

Distance: 8 miles - 13 Km (there & back)

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PYG Track, Snowdon

PYG Track, Snowdon - Hard Strenuous Walk

This is the most rugged and challenging of the six paths up Snowdon, which leads along the foothills of Crib Goch. The route up Crib Goch and along the ridge is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by novice walkers.

Distance: 7 miles - 11 Km (there & back)

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Watkin Path, Snowdon

Watkin Path, Snowdon - Hard Strenuous Walk

This path was named after Sir Edward Watkin, Liberal Member of Parliament and railway entrepreneur who retired to a chalet in Cwm Llan on the foothills of Snowdon.

Distance: 8 miles - 13Km (there & back)

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Rhyd Ddu Path, Snowdon

Rhyd Ddu Path, Snowdon - Hard Strenuous Walk

This path up Snowdon is the quietest of the six main routes to the summit, and the one that offers the most striking mountain scenery, especially towards Moel Hebog and the hills of Nantlle.

Distance: 8.5 miles - 12Km (there & back)

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Snowdon Ranger Path

Snowdon Ranger Path - Hard Strenuous Walk

This path up Snowdon is thought to be the earliest of the six main routes to the summit. Before the road through Llanberis Pass was built, men lugged copper ore from the Britannia Copper Mine on Snowdon up the eastern side of the mountain to Bwlch Glas.

Distance: 8 miles - 13Km (there & back)

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Pony Path, Tŷ Nant, Cader Idris

Pony Path, Tŷ Nant, Cader Idris - Hard Strenuous Walk

The Pony Path from Ty Nant is the main footpath up Cader Idris from the Dolgellau side of the mountain. It is a reasonably safe route, which also offers the most rewarding views.

Distance: 6 miles - 10Km (there & back)

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Minffordd Path, Cader Idris

Minffordd Path, Cader Idris - Hard Strenuous Walk

At about 3 miles, this is probably the shortest footpath up Cader Idris; although it involves the greatest ascent (2,850ft, 869m).

Distance: 6 miles - 10 km (there & back)

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Llanfihangel y Pennant Path, Cader Idris

Llanfihangel y Pennant Path, Cader Idris - Hard Strenuous Walk

This is the easiest of the footpaths up Cader Idris, but at over five miles, it is the longest. The path approaches Cader Idris from the head of the Dysynni valley, and gently climbs up to join the Pony Path at the top of Rhiw Gwredydd.

Distance: 10 miles - 16Km (there & back)

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Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

Crimpiau, Capel Curig - Hard Strenuous Walk

Want to explore the highlands of Snowdonia but don’t want to venture up the highest peaks? How about walking this circular route to the summit of Crimpiau near Capel Curig in the north of the National Park? From this tranquil spot you will enjoy magnificent views of the Snowdon horseshoe and Mymbyr valley, the Ogwen valley and Llyn Crafnant.

Distance: 3.5 miles - 6km (circular walk)

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Waen-oer Summit

Waun-oer Ridge - Hard Strenuous Walk

The Waun-oer Ridge Walk climbs from the village of Dinas Mawddwy over the bare mountains of Maesglase, Craig Portas, Cribin Fawr and Waun-oer and then down the slopes of Mynydd Ceiswyn to Bwlch Llyn Bach pass, Tal-y-llyn.

Distance: 9 miles - 14 km

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Distance: 100 miles

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