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.

Four Valleys Path

This a route that was once promoted by Gwynedd Council, but appears no longer supported on their site. The image of the way mark below was taken over five years ago and it had seen better days even then. It crosses from the Nantlle Valley, to the Gwyrfai, Padarn and Ogwen valleys, each of which has seen scarring …

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Cefn Llechen Trail Run

A steady trail run from near Conwy. You can easily extend the run to nearer 10km by heading to Cefn Amor, past the old quarries and return along the really good green track on the opposite side of the hill. This is a pleasant trail run along grassy paths that, other than the uphill bits, …

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Yr Aran From Rhyd Ddu

There’s always something special when you manage to fit a decent walk in on a weekeday. It’s almost like stolen time as we aren’t meant to do fun things on a weekday. It’s all work, work, work. So you have to work around that, and make the most of things. Well, I live so close to the hills …

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Mynydd Mawr from Rhyd Ddu

This is a nice, quiet walk. So close to Snowdon, you can almost hear the crowds. Indeed, you can’t fail to miss them in Rhyd Ddu where they tend to gather to climb the highest peak in Wales and England. Fortunately for us, they don’t know any better and will leave today’s destination well alone. …

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Carneddau – Aber to Trefriw

This is a different approach to these hills, one that does leave you with difficulty in returning to your start point, but buses do pass through Trefriw. It’s also a route that contrasts along it’s way. You start in a wooded valley, cross moorland and secluded valleys, before crossing the highest land over Llewelyn. To top …

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Maesglase and Waun Oer

Despite the proximity of the much busier Cadair Idris, these are rarely walked hills, though anyone who’s been along the A470 will have been impressed with the aspect they display to the drivers. The experience for the walker though, is rather more sedate, being a bimbly walk with no real difficulties over a terrain that’s …

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Walk around Llyn Crafnant

A pleasant circuit around this attractive lake. Follows a decent lakeside track, but does have its slippery sections, so be careful. If you want to drag some non walking family members out for an afternoon, this is the walk to do it. Half way around there’s a cafe (even sells bottles of beer), so there’s …

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