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Snowdon from Pen-y-Pass to Llanberis

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Snowdonia starting and finishing in Gwynedd, Wales, about 12.10km (7.52 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 660m (2165ft)
Descent 912m (2992ft)
Max. Elevation 1040m (3412ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1572m (5157ft)
Distance 12.10km
Duration ~5:15h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 13 Feb 2015
There are many routes up Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa (more than the eight of popular opinion!) but one of the best is the high-level ridge of Y Lliwedd. This track leads you above the giant cliff faces that surround Llyn Llydaw and has far fewer people than Crib Goch across the chasm. Descend via the Llanberis Pass. It's easy which frees you up to admire the wonderful scenery. Both start and finish are stops on the Snowdon Sherpa network: www.gwynedd.gov.uk/en/Residents/Parking-roads-and-travel/Travel-passes/Snowdon-Sherpa.aspx

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OS Grid SH647555
Take the Snowdon Sherpa to the Pen-y-Pass youth hostel. If it's a weekend or sunny summer day, be grateful you are not trying to find a parking place at this overloaded car park.
OS Grid SH641548
Follow the Miners' Track past Llyn Teyrn.
About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
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At the building, take the left-hand path off the Miners' Track, which starts to climb rapidly uphill south of Llyn Llydaw.
About 0.78 km (~0.48 miles) from
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The ridge follows the top of this vast wall, famous for being the site where early Everest expeditions practised their skills. Peer over the top for the full effect.
About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
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Further along the ridge, the path meets the Watkin Path for a scramble up to the summit.
About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
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The scramble can seem a little more precarious than you might like, but keep heading slowly upwards and you'll be out of it shortly.
About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
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The top! Now with the newly refurbished summit cafe, an improvement on the old one. Well worth popping in for a cup of tea, and if you aren't a big fan of summit buildings, well be grateful we have very few of them, unlike our European cousins who whack them up all over the place.
About 0.34 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid SH607553
Drop down to Garnedd Ugain along a very clear path.
About 1.07 km (~0.66 miles) from
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It may not be everyone's favourite route, but for the full Snowdon experience descend via the Llanberis path to really appreciate how big the Snowdon massif is.
About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
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At the penultimate station, veer towards the road into Llanberis.
About 3.63 km (~2.26 miles) from
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Back to Llanberis, home of Pete's Eats, mountain shops galore, and the Snowdon Sherpa to explore more of the park.
About 1.05 km (~0.65 miles) from

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