Snowdon – The Epitome of a UK Mountain

We love Yr Wyddfa, or Snowdon, and we think it’s the epitome of what a UK mountain is all about. We know it’s not Everest, or Mt Blanc, but for the UK, it really is what typifies our mountains as well as the whole mountain going experience.

Ridges and Paths. There are so many routes you can use to Walk up Snowdon, you could spend months walking up and down in different combinations. They suit most abilities, from the epic alpine ridge of Crib Goch (well, it’s alpine in winter, make no mistake!) to the drudgery of the Llanberis Path. There are few mountains that can boast so many wildly differing routes to the top. Not only that, but you can climb, scramble, walk, run, mountain bike or even catch a train up.

It’s pointy and looks like a mountain – There’s no doubting it. It’s got to be one of the most picturesque mountains in the UK. While some angles aren’t too mountainous, they’re still spectacular.

Busy – this is, unfortunately, something that many mountains suffer from. It’s a small country, we’re crowded and we love nothing more than setting out on a weekend to the same mountain as everyone else and fight for our little corner of summit to sit on. Not only that, but there’s a summit building – Hafod Eryri (summer dwelling) as well as a railway to the summit.

Lakes nestling in the cymoedd – Almost every cwm (which is welsh for a cirque or corrie) has a beauty of a lake from Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn up along the Miner’s Path to the hidden gems in Cwm Clogwyn. These provide the perfect foil to the busy summit and main footpaths, proving that this mountain has something for everyone.

Myths, legends and stories aplenty. The mountain has so many that it would take a book to write them all out. From the legend that King Arthur still sleeps in a cave on the mountain, to giant ‘beaver’s that terrorised local villages.

Looking towards Bwlch y Saethau, which according to legend is where King Arthur was shot with an arrow. It translates as Pass of the Arrows.

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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