Walks in Snowdonia

Snowdonia mountain skyline
Snowdonia mountain skyline as seen from Glyder Fawr

Snowdonia is a great place for fell walking, not dissimilar to the Lake District. I first visited the Snowdonia national park in the summer of 2002 for a five day stay accompanied by my brother Dave and good friend Steve. Naturally our major goal was an ascent of Snowdon itself but as we wanted to do it in good weather it turned out to be the final day before we actually made it onto the mountain. Snowdonia can be a wet place and only on our first and last days did it stay dry. What the unreliable weather did do for us was make us search out walks that highlighted the varied aspects of park and so you will find on these pages high level walks on super mountains in the Tryfan, Rhyd-Ddu and Snowdon ones plus a couple of interesting low level ones around Beddgelert and Llanrwst. All five walks were enjoyable and all in a variety of locations to suit the daily weather conditions. When it was wet we kept relatively low and when it was dry we tried to climb high. The result is a good variety of walks and I do hope you enjoy reading about them. Since then I have revisited Wales often so new walks in Snowdonia will regularly arrive into these pages.

Interactive map of the walks

Walk Miles Description
Tryfan by the Heather Terrace 3.3 Llyn Bochlwyd, a small lake and Tryfan, a great hill make for a great walk with lots of great views.
Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr 5.1 Unreservedly this one of my best days out ever on the mountains. A very challenging walk with lots of scrambling.
Y Garn and Nantlle Ridge 5.7 A stiff climb of Y Garn to start with, then part of the Nantlle ridge before taking it easy visiting some old mine workings.
Cadair Idris 6.1 Second only to Snowdon in terms of popularity, Cadair Idris is a jewel and this walk is the ideal way to appreciate it.
Moelwyn Mawr 6.3 A walk from Croesor to this wonderful high ridged mountain, parts of which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Crib Goch, Garnedd Ugain & Snowdon 7.1 The classic crossing of the Snowdon Massif by way of three Welsh 3,000s. Crib Goch is quite a challenge.
Beddgelert 7.5 If its a wet day this low level walk to Beddgelert, Pass Of Aberglaslyn and Llyn Dinas is a nice alternative.
Llanrwst and Betws-Y-Coed 7.6 Riverside and forest walking from Llanrwst to Betws-Y-Coed with a nice tarn to visit on the return leg.
Snowdon from Rhyd Ddu 8.0 This route up Snowdon avoids all the crowds walking from Pen-y-pass or Llanberis. Penned by Adam Gallimore its a beauty.
Pen-y-Pass, Miners Track, Snowdon, Llanberis (Linear) 9.0 Quite simply a classic mountain walk. This one goes up the Miners Path and down to Llanberis.
Conwy Mountain, Tal y Fan, Drum, Foel-fras, Garnedd Uchaf, Foel Grach, Carnedd Llewelyn and Carnedd Dafydd 17.7 A walk of near 18 miles and 1,855 metres of ascent but not as hard as it appears. The climbing is consistent all the way and once halfway at Foel Fras the rest of the walk is a high level delight. The views are amazing throughout.
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