Snowdon is the highest and most celebrated peak in Wales and as a result it attracts more visitors than any other mountain. Some of those visitors arrive by the train service, which terminates at the summit café, but most make the pilgrimage on foot. There are several established routes up the mountain, but most popular are the PyG/Miner’s track combination or the longer, but gentler Llanberis path.
Snowdon is undoubtedly the most ‘developed’ hill in the whole of Snowdonia. Nonetheless, despite the railway, the café, the heavily armoured paths and the various waymarkers, it still retains an indefatigable wildness. This is most apparent if you visit during the winter months when it wears a shimmering white coat of snow and ice. The summit vista of course is stunning at all times of the year, assuming it is not blocked by cloud – being the highest peak in the area ensures that any passing bad weather is sure to be at its worse here.
This is mountain terrain so always Prepare Well and Know Your Limits. During the winter season, typically from late October to April, there is a high probability that snow and ice will be encountered under foot. In these conditions ice axe and crampons are essential. Click the Safety & Access button below for more info.
There are five main starting points for an ascent of Snowdon: Llanberis, Pen y Pass, Pont Bethania, Rhyd Ddu Railway station and the Snowdon Ranger youth hostel just north of Rhyd Ddu. On a typical weekend the car park spaces at Pen y Pass fill up very quickly in the morning. Further parking spaces can be found by the Pen Gwryd Hotel, a 15 minute walk away.
Safety & Access
Enjoy the Mountains Safely. Here are a few words of advice from Snowdonia’s Mountain Safe Partnership.
1. Prepare Well
have the right equipment with you for the best and worst-case scenario! You’ll need a map and compass, torch, food and drink, whistle, first aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone.
2. Have the latest weather and ground information.
Check the Met Office Mountain Weather forecast for Snowdonia before you set out and be prepared to turn back if the weather worsens – the mountains will still be here for you to enjoy the next time you visit.
3. Dress appropriately
the weather and temperature can change dramatically between the foot of the mountain and the summit. You’ll need strong walking boots, several layers of clothing including warm ones, gloves, a hat and waterproof jacket and trousers.
4. Know where you're going
Plan your route before setting off and ask for local advice. Have a map and compass and know how to use them and choose a route which is suitable for you and your group’s experience and fitness level. Find out how long it should take and when it gets dark.
5. Know your limits
whilst being very enjoyable, getting out into the mountains can be hard work – challenge yourself but be aware of the fitness levels, and experience of the group as a whole – not just your own.
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Hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.