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.

All the Walks up Cader Idris

All the Walks up Cader Idris

Cader Idris or Cadair Idris, is regarded among Wales’s best mountains. It is found between the town of Dolgellau and Barmouth on the coast, with views up from the Mawddach Estuary dominated by this impressive South Snowdonia mountain. Sitting outside the popular ranges in the north of the Snowdonia National Park, you would imagine Cader …

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The Rhyd Ddu Path up Snowdon

The Rhyd Ddu Path up Snowdon

The Rhyd Ddu Path up Snowdon is one of the traditional routes, and originally started from Beddgelert as a pony track. It’s now one of the quieter paths up, reasonably easy to follow and with an excellent airy walk over Bwlch Main to reach the summit. Full Route Description Snowdon Rhyd Ddu Path 1 From the Car …

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Walk up Cnicht from Croesor Circuit - Cambrian Way

All the Walking Routes up Cnicht

Cnicht is known as the Welsh Matterhorn owing to it’s pointy shape when seen from Porthmadog and nearby. However, this is an illusion, and from other angles the mountain looks far less impressive as it’s a long ridge. The usual approach is from Croesor, but despite it being a relatively simple mountain, there are a …

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Walk up Cnicht from Croesor Circuit - Cambrian Way

Walk up Cnicht from Croesor Circuit

Cnicht from Croesor aka the Welsh Matterhorn, is one of those essential hill walking routes to include on your Snowdonia Itinerary, and it certainly deserves better than a simple up and down. There are much better options for ascending Cnicht, with a number of circular route options from Croesor. This Cnicht Circular Route continues along …

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Snowdon via The Watkin Path

All the Walking Routes up Snowdon

Yr Wyddfa* , or Snowdon, (it’s never Mount or Mt Snowdon ) is one of the most popular mountains in the United Kingdom, let alone Snowdonia. It’s sometimes climbed as one of the National 3 Peak Challenge, the Welsh 3 Peaks or during the 14/15 Peaks. With the coming season people will be flocking to ascend Snowdon …

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Best Mountain Walks in Snowdonia

All the Routes up Tryfan

Tryfan is one of the most iconic mountains in the UK, certainly in Wales. It just looks like a mountain from every direction, without a single easy approach available! At 917m high, it’s just one of the main 15 Peaks, and when recently re-measured it was feared it would lose that status. Thankfully, they discovered …

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The Snowdonia Slate Trail

The Snowdonia Slate Trail

The Snowdonia Slate Trail is a 134km (83 mile) trail which enables walkers to explore the industrial heritage of the slate villages of northern Snowdonia. The route starts at Porth Penrhyn near Bangor and ends at Bethesda and attracts walkers to villages such as Llanllechid, Bethesda, Dinorwig, Llanberis, Waunfawr, Nantlle, Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Croesor, Ffestiniog and …

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Best Walks from Llanberis

While the Snowdonia village of Llanberis may boast by far the easiest route up Snowdon, it also has its share of quiet, easy and more challenging walks if only you know where to look! Here’s a selection of walks that vary from lakeside walks, easy low level walks, waterfall walks, hill walks and walks through …

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