In the heart of the Clwydian Hills and following the Offa’s Dyke path for a significant part of the...
A popular route to the summit of Snowdon that’s not without it’s challenges!
Distance: 5.5 Kms
Ascent: 730 metres
Time: 3 hours ONE WAY
Start and Finish: Pen y Pass - Snowdon Summit
Facilities: Good cafe and YHA with bar, public toilets at Pen y Pass.
Hazards: Zig Zags are an accident black spot when iced and final section to Bwlch Glas often corniced over in full winter conditions.
Sherpa Buses from Llanberis and Betws y Coed
Parking: LIMITED! £10 a day, £6 for 4 hours. Very early arrival advised. Park in Nant Peris for the Park and Ride.
Parking Post Code for Sat Nav: LL55 4NY
A Pocket Guide to Snowdon: A Guide to the Routes of Ascent, The Ascent of Snowdon: The Six Classic Routes Up Snowdon, Snowdon – The Story of a Welsh Mountain: Biography of a Mountain
Walking Books – Snowdonia Ridges of Snowdonia: The Best Ridge Walking, Mountain Walks: The Finest Mountain Walks in Snowdonia, Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia , Day Walks in Snowdonia, Mountain Walking in Snowdonia
Snowdon via PYG track from Pen Y Pass
The PYG track up Snowdon is both the shortest tracks up Snowdon, and the one that involves the least amount of ascent as it starts from pen y Pass Car park (LL55 4NY for sat nav!) and already nearly a good way of the way up. Despite this, the PYG track isn’t the easiest path up Snowdon and like all walks up Snowdon, it should be treated with the utmost respect.
About the PYG Track up Snowdon.
The PYG track up Snowdon can be steep and rocky in places but the paths are generally good all the way and reasonably straightforward to follow. Only the section between where it joins the Miner’s Track and the final zig-zag section, is the path a bit trickier to follow. It is 5.5km in length and involves around 800m of ascent. If you’re reasonably fit, you should make it up in three hours with 3 hours being a realistic time for a full walk up and down for the extremely fit!!
Remember to allow plenty of time for breaks and stopping to take in the sights, which can easily slow you down as you take in the excellent views.
The views of Snowdon are among the best of any route up. The PYG track is also one of the busiest routes up, so consider setting off very early morning or mid-afternoon to avoid the crowds. If you do set off later in the day, make sure you’ve got enough hours of daylight left to descend safely. In winter conditions, the upper section of the path becomes very treacherous and in common with all the other routes up, should not be attempted in snow unless you’re properly equipped and experienced. The very final section onto Bwlch Glas is corniced over in true winter conditions, making it a tricky proposition even for experienced winter walkers with full kit.
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