Walks in Snowdonia National Park

Walks in Snowdonia National Park

There many awesome walks in Snowdonia National Park. From walks up Snowdon, Glyderau* and Carneddau to Rhinogydd and Cader Idris. The peak of Tryfan is as iconic a mountain as you can get, and with summits like Glyder Fawr and the Nantlle Ridge there’s something for everyone. Not forgetting Crib Goch and the Snowdon Horseshoe!

There’s also walking for all abilities from low level family walks in Snowdonia such as the walk to Cwm Idwalmoderate walks in Snowdonia, to proper hill walking over mountains and scrambles. There are even a few coastal sections near Abergwyngregyn in the north and along the Meirionnydd coast that’s entirely walk-able along the Wales Coast Path.

Other popular walking bases in Snowdonia include Betws-y-coed, Pen-y-pass, Capel Curig, Beddgelert, Llanberis and Rhyd Ddu. Withe the locations of Ogwen, Bethesda, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Y Bala and Dogellau to follow.

Best Walks in Snowdonia National Park

Walking Areas in Snowdonia Top Walk
Carneddau – Wild and big in all directions – need some navigational skills in mist. The Carneddau from Ogwen to Aber – An epic traverse of these hills.
Glyderau – Home of the iconic Tryfan and Bristly Ridge. Short on distances but high on thrills. Tryfan North Ridge – Essential for anyone who enjoys a scramble.
Snowdon – A mountain that has it all from the mildness of the Llanberis path to the exhilaration of the Crib Goch arete. Snowdon Horseshoe – You’ll need a head for heights, but should be on every UK mountain goer’s CV.
Eifionnydd – Lesser known area adjacent to Snowdon, but boasts Moel Hebog and the Nantlle Ridge which are both classic Snowdonia walks. Nantlle Rige Traverse – Classic Snowdonia ridge walk that’s become much more popular of late.
Moelwynion – Cnicht is often the target, but the peaks of Moelwyn Mawr and Bach are also worth a trip. Often pathless and quiet, these hills provide a good day’s walking. Of course, Moel Siabod is also at the northern end and a walk along the entire length makes an excellent wild camp. Cnicht From Croesor – This route keeps the illusion that Cnicht is a true peak, which views from the side sadly dispel. A popular walk with a few challenging sections below the summit.
Rhinogydd – One for the wilderness seekers. While the highest summits to the south are approaching what you’d expect from a mountain in Snowdonia, anything to the north of Rhinog Fach is to be treated with equal measured of respect and dread. Across the Rhinogydd – One for the experienced. Recommended as a wild camp – maybe make it three days if you want to enjoy it!
Arenig – Quiet and boggy, but an excellent viewpoint. Arenig Fawr from Arenig – Tagging on the hill of Moel Llyfnant, this route is usually quiet and boasts excellent views.
Cader Idris – South Snowdonia’s iconic mountain with a selection of ascents to almost match Snowdon. Cader Idris via Pony Path – The easier route up Cader Idris – but still tough.
Aran Fawddwy – An area of wild hills that adjoins the wilder, heather clad Berwyn hills. Aran Fawddwy from Llanuwchllyn – Our choice to ascend the highest mountain in South Snowdonia.

All our routes come with Ordnance Survey mapping and downloadable GPX files for GPS devices. There’s also either a detailed description written by ourselves, or a link to our carefully curated routes on selected partner websites.

*We always use the Welsh plurals of the mountain areas as the anglicised versions are disrespectful to the Welsh Language, which is the primary language of this area.

See our full selection of walks in Snowdonia by scrolling below.

The Bochlwyd Horseshoe

The Bochlwyd Horseshoe

The Bochlwyd Horseshoe is one of the definitive routes in North Wales, perhaps only bested by the Snowdon Horseshoe. It is one of the most adventurous outings you can have without having to resort to ropes or harnesses and, it takes in a number of the most photographed locations in Snowdonia along the way. We’re …

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Cader Idris Minffordd Path

Cader Idris via Mynydd Moel Path

The Mynydd Moel Path up Cader Idris is an alternative to the more popular route up the Minffordd path with which it shares the first section. While it isn’t a classic ridge walk like the Minffordd Path, the approach via Mynydd Moel has the advantage of avoiding the crowds and with alternative views over Llyn …

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Snowdon South Ridge from Rhyd Ddu

The Snowdon South Ridge path usually elicits a blank expression on most walkers when you mention routes up Snowdon. Those in the know however, realise that this is an absolute gem of a route that stands modestly in the shadows, shunning the limelight. In comparison, the PYG, Miners Track and Watkin Paths are cheap, talentless …

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Snowdon via The Watkin Path

Snowdon via The Watkin Path

The Watkin Path up Snowdon offers an alternative to the more popular walks from Llanberis and Pen y Pass such as the PYG and Miner’s Tracks. It’s still a very popular path, and rightly so. It provides a variety of walking that none of the other routes to the summit of Snowdon can boast. The Watkin …

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Walk up the Snowdon Ranger Path

Walk up the Snowdon Ranger Path

The Snowdon Ranger path is one of the quieter approaches to the summit of Snowdon which takes it’s name from the Snowdon Ranger YH, or rather from when it was a hotel  which specialised in providing guides for the walk up Snowdon. Starting from the shores of Llyn Cwellyn (and newly christened Lwybr Cwellyn to …

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Best Mountain Walks in Snowdonia

Crib Goch Scramble from Pen y Pass

Crib Goch is the hardest route up Snowdon and starts from Pen-y-Pass along the PYG Track. It’s an exposed grade 1 scramble that should only be attempted if you’re confident in your abilities. NOTE – Distance above is for one way only. You’ll need to double up if you descend the same way – but we don’t recommend …

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