Anyone who’s heard of these will know how wild and rugged they are. If you haven’t, then you need to realise that they’re a range of hills that stretch from the Vale of Ffestiniog in the north, to the Mawddach in the south without being breached once by a road. There are two rough and …
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 Idwal, moderate 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.
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1 – However long you reckon your walk will last, double it.2 – If there’s a path going in your direction, follow it.3 – If there’s a path going in a direction other than the one you’re after; follow it.4 – Map and compass are next to useless as there are no paths marked on …
Only very rarely are we able to experience something totally new in an environment that has become so familiar. The Carneddau are one of my favourite walking are as and I realised that I know the area well, except for a small section. I’ve walked nearby, but never to Llyn Eigiau or the neighbouring valleys …