A circular, half-day mountain (above 600m) walk in national park Snowdonia (Wales) starting at Pen y Pass, Gwynedd, about 11km (roughly 7 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Start: Pen y Pass, OS Grid: SH647556
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Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)Start: Pen y Pass, OS Grid: SH647556 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 1071m (3515ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 2129m (6986ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 1058m (3471ft)
Max. Elevation: 1040m (3412ft)
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Pen y Pass is a regular stop on the Snowdon Sherpa bus. If you can see a route through the crowds of cars, rucksacks and bodies, make your way to the path signposted to Crib Goch (it heads to the right of the rocky outcrop just by the car park).
Last chance to back out...no? OK then, if the weather's fine and you're feeling fit, take the right-hand path that climbs steeply towards Crib Goch.
For many people, the highlight of Snowdonia - a knife edge ridge scramble with sheer drops each side. There's nothing too tricky about the scramble in dry conditions, but don't underestimate it - go with someone experienced if you have not been scrambling before.
Get your breath back on the slightly less imposing ridge up to Garnedd Ugain.
Probably the busiest point in Britain's mountains, where four of the main routes up Snowdon converge. Anyone can find their way to the summit from here - just follow the crowds!
The summit of Snowdon divides opinion - many revel in the satisfaction of climbing Wales' highest mountain, others detest the crowds and the cafe and can't get away quick enough.
From the summit, it's not advisable to head straight on to the Lliwedd ridge - climbing down these rocks is notoriously tricky. A safer option is to drop down the southwestern ridge before soon joining the Watkin Path towards Bwlch Saethau.
At this point, the Watkin Path drops into the valley. Instead, stay on the crest of the ridge. The path soon arrives at the West Peak of Y Lliwedd.
Carry on over the summit and enjoy the space compared to the circus on Snowdon itself.
The path drops down to Llyn Llydaw at the end of the cliff on Lliwedd's northeastern ridge. Carry on until the path meets the Miners' Track.
Back amidst the hordes, but you can be smug in the knowledge you have enjoyed the finest horseshoe on Snowdon.
Stay on the Miners' Motorway back to Pen y Pass, where your bus home awaits.