4.7 of 5 (4 votes)

Snowdon traverse - South to North

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Snowdonia starting and finishing in Gwynedd, Wales, about 15.30km (9.51 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 968m (3175ft)
Descent 923m (3028ft)
Max. Elevation 1020m (3346ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1891m (6203ft)
Beddgelert bus stop
Distance 15.30km
Duration ~7:15h
Ordnance Survey Map
Created by Hannah on 12 Nov 2007
This is a great way to tackle Snowdon and appreciate the size of this amazing mountain! By doing a linear route you avoid having to back track, getting to see much more of the region in the process! You can reach the start and finish points using the Sherpa Bus which serves the region.

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OS Grid SH593484
Start from the small town of Beddgelert, heading along the A498 until you see a footpath on the left hand side of the road.
OS Grid SH594505
Follow the path and pick up the track heading uphill to Craig Wen.
About 2.10 km (~1.3 miles) from
OS Grid SH605515
Head Northeast from the summit of Craig Wen to Yr Aran.
About 1.48 km (~0.92 miles) from
OS Grid SH609544
From Yr Aran, head along the Clogwyn Du ridge and join the masses of daytrippers at Snowdon summit. There is due to be a new cafe opening here, hopefully nicer than the last one.
About 2.93 km (~1.82 miles) from
OS Grid SH573556
From the summit, avoid the overcrowded Llanberis path and take the Snowdon Ranger path down. At this grid reference, take the path heading north past Foel Goch (otherwise you have a long walk round to Llanberis!)
About 3.78 km (~2.35 miles) from
OS Grid SH578604
The path heads north across open land before reaching the farmland outside Llanberis, where you can choose your own route amongst the many paths. No trip to Llanberis is complete without a stop at Pete's Eats, the legendary climber's cafe (where they serve tea in pints!)
About 4.82 km (~3 miles) from

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