Craig Cwm Silyn may be the Nantlle Ridge’s summit, but for those doing the full traverse, this is just...
Popular route to the Summit of Snowdon that starts off nice and steady but soon reveals it’s real nature as you climb steeply after Glaslyn!
Distance: 6 Kms
Ascent: 800 metres
Time: 2-3 hours ONE WAY
Start and Finish: Pen y Pass - Snowdon Summit
Good cafe and YHA with bar, public toilets at Pen y Pass.
Hazards: Zig Zags are an accident blackspot when iced with the final section often corniced over in full winter conditions.
Sherpa Buses from Llanberis and Betws y Coed.
Parking: LIMITED! £10 a day, £6 for 4 hours. Very early arrival advised. Park in Nant Peris for the Park and Ride.
Parking Post Code for Sat Nav: LL55 4NY
A Pocket Guide to Snowdon: A Guide to the Routes of Ascent, The Ascent of Snowdon: The Six Classic Routes Up Snowdon, Snowdon – The Story of a Welsh Mountain: Biography of a Mountain
Walking Books – Snowdonia Ridges of Snowdonia: The Best Ridge Walking, Mountain Walks: The Finest Mountain Walks in Snowdonia, Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia , Day Walks in Snowdonia, Mountain Walking in Snowdonia
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Snowdon via The Miner’s Track From Pen y Pass
The Miner’s Track up Snowdon from Pen-y-Pass is often noted as one of the easier walking routes up Snowdon, after the Llanberis Path, don’t let that fool you. It does have a track that mountain rescue can drive up to around 600m, but beyond that this is still a challenging mountain track that commands respect.
About the Miner’s Track up Snowdon
It starts off nice and easy from Pen y Pass as the track ascends gently up past Llyn Teyrn and then on up to Llyn Llydaw. There’s a steeper ascent up to Glaslyn, but still on a wide track. It’s not until you reach Glaslyn, before the Miner’s Track takes to steep steps and reveals itself to be a fully fledged mountain path!
It then joins up with the PYG track, with a steady if rough section, for you to catch your breath. Make the most of this as the going can be unclear on this section, and care is needed not to venture from the path. The final zig-zags are much easier to follow, but tougher on the legs, before you emerge into the open at Bwlch Glas. This is a relief as the final sections of the Miner’s Track does feel rather closed in and claustrophobic towards the end.
The final section to the summit is an easy walk in comparison! An ideal descent is via the PYG track but you can easily descend by one of the many other routes and return to Pen-y-pass by using the Snowdon Sherpa if you need to return to your car. A most interesting descent would be either by the Snowdon South ridge or Watkin Path to Nant Gwynant, before following a good path back uphill to Pen-y-pass. This route has the advantage of passing the Pen y Gwryd hotel and it would be rude not to pop in for post walk refreshments!
The Miner’s Track walking route can be found in Full on Walk up Snowdon – our sister website devoted to all things Snowdon.Go Guide