Walks up Yr Wyddfa – Snowdon

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Walks up Yr Wyddfa – Snowdon

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Snowdon – 1085m

Snowdon is much more than just the summit of Snowdon! It’s the highest mountain in Wales and boasts numerous routes up, and climbing Snowdon is rightly on the top of most walker’s wish lists when visiting Snowdonia. With achievable routes from all directions it’s a mountain with a route for all. Pen y Pass boasts the Miners’ Track, PYG Track and the Snowdon Horseshoe scramble for more experienced mountaineers. Llanberis has the much maligned Llanberis path and on the other side of the mountain, the Snowdon Ranger Path ascends from Llyn Cwellyn.

Rhyd Ddu boasts a further two routes, the Rhyd Ddu path and the Snowdon South Ridge paths. Finally, there’s the Watkin Path from Nant Gwynant that’s one of the best routes up, and without doubt the most scenic.

Carnedd Ugain – Crib y Ddysgl  – 1065m

This is Snowdon’s twin peak, only 20m lower in height at 1065m and the second highest mountain in Wales by some measures. It’s a quiet mountain, especially in comparison to Snowdon and usually climbed by those walking up the Snowdon Horseshoe.

Crib Goch – 923m

Whilst arguably only a bump on the ascent of Carnedd Ugain, Crib Goch earns it’s place at any mountain list. It’s an exposed and exciting scramble for those with mountaineering experience and a good head for heights. One for those who want to climb Snowdon.

Y Lliwedd – 898m

The less glamorous half of the Snowdon Horseshoe, but don’t let that put you off. Not as challenging as Crib Goch, it’s still a tough proposition.

Yr Aran – 747m

Number 24 on the list of Wales’ highest Mountains, would be a crowd puller if it wasn’t overshadowed by Snowdon. Nestling to the south of Snowdon, overlooking Cwm Llan, it can be climbed either from Rhyd Ddu or Nant Gwynant. It’s proved to be such a favourite of ours at Mud and Routes that it’s even got it’s own circuit, the Aran Circuit, so you can admire this shapely peak from every angle.


Moel Eilio – 726m

One of those hills that may be climbed once by the visitor to the area, but owing to it’s accessibility for a half day’s walk, countless times by locals! That threatens it becoming stale, but the pleasant and undulating grassy ridge that you can follow from the summit make’s it all worth while. It’s the perfect grassy ridge, you could do it in slippers and you wouldn’t get your feet wet. We exaggerate slightly, but it does make a pleasant change to walk a grassy ridge in Snowdonia that doesn’t want to steal your boots every other step.

Moel Cynghorion – 674m

This is the final summit in the Snowdon range, which is a summit worth ascending for the views towards Snowdon. It’s not the most exciting target for a day out, but can be tacked onto the traverse of the Moel Eilio Ridge or the Snowdon Ranger Path. We’ve added some spice to it in the past by ascending at night, and at night in a blizzard – which we don’t particularly recommend but we particularly enjoyed!!

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