Climbing Snowdon for the first time, we decided to take the Llanberis path. According to many websites, this path is the easiest. However, it is still a mighty 9 miles in total (there and back) on mixed-terrain which can still be quite challenging!
As well as this path there are 5 other routes you can take to the summit. However, these paths all vary in difficulty:
- Miners Path
- Pyg Path
- Watkins Path
- Rhyd Ddu Path
- Snowdon Ranger
Don’t want to walk? Take a train!
If you are not comfortable with walking to the summit, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway instead. The service can last up to 2 and a half hours with a 30 minute stop at the summit.
There is a choice to travel on the Traditional Diesel Experience or on the Heritage Steam Experience. The Traditional Diesel Experience is much cheaper with Adult ticket prices (16 yrs+) costing £22 for a single and £29 for a return.
However, you can get an adult return for £23 if you Pre-Book online for a 9.00am departure in their Early Bird Deal. Subject to availability.
Braving the walk? Here are our top tips before climbing the Llanberis path:
1. Decide a day
Snowdon’s weather can be quite changeable! Keep an eye on the weather forecast to choose the best day for your climb. On our walk in July, we experienced beautiful warm sunshine on our ascent and freezing cold winds in the clouds near the summit, with big black clouds following us on our descent down the path! Prepare for everything!
2. What to wear
As this weather is so changeable, packing a waterproof jacket is essential. Even in the summer months, pack a pair of gloves (our hands were frozen at the summit!).
Modern Synthetic clothing drys quickly and doesn’t trap sweat like cotton does. Heavy-cotton garments and jeans are not ideal in changeable conditions as they can become heavy when wet.
The terrain varies as you make your way up the summit. There are lots of loose, rocky paths so walking boots or trainers are essential!
3. What to pack
Pack a lunch and plenty of water. There is a cafe at the top of the summit but this can get very busy during peak times!
4. Get there early
In the peak season, on a nice sunny day or at the weekend, car parks can get busy! We arrived at 8.30am on an overcast day and people were already starting to arrive to climb the summit or to get the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
The other benefits of getting there early is having the paths to yourself. As we walked down the path at around 12pm, the paths were getting very busy with people walking up to the summit.
5. Where to park
Located opposite the Snowdon Mountain Railway Centre, we parked in the Parking for Snowdon car park which cost £8 all day.
Little did we know that just a few metres away is the Maes Parcio car park that costs £5 all day! However, limited spaces are available for this car park so getting there early is a must!
If you fancy walking up one route and coming down a different route, try out the Snowdon Sherpa. This is a bus service that travels around the foot of Snowdon, creating a link between the six main routes that travel up Snowdon, as well as the main car parks, villages and tourist attractions in the area.
Thinking of taking a short break in Snowdon? Click this link to get more ideas for adventures!