Last week I had the privilege to hike around Snowdonia which is a national park with 823 square miles in area located in north Wales. So as a mountaineering lover I couldn’t resist to ascent the Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) with an elevation of 1.085 m. This is the highest mountain in Wales.

There is a few paths to ascent to the top, I went from Llanberies. Looks like this is the “easiest” path, and it really was!

Here you can see all the paths specs:

800px-SnowdonMap.svgLlanberis path

Distance: 9 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 975m (3,198 ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours
(there and back)
Start and Finish: (SH 582 598 / LL55 4TY)
Map: Explorer OL17 OS
Parking: (SH 582598 /LL55 4TY)
Numerous car parks in Llanberis.
Sherpa Bus Stop: Llanberis Interchange – See more at: http://www.visitsnowdonia.info/snowdon_walks_-_6_routes-95.aspx#sthash.mkJEZw1C.dpuf

Miners path

Distance: 8 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 723m (2,371 ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back)
Start and Finish: Pen y Pass Car Park (SH 647557 / LL55 4NY)
Map: Explorer OL17 Ordnance Survey
Parking: If Pen y Pass car park is full, you can park in Nant Peris (SH 607582 / LL55 4UF), and catch the Sherpa Bus back up to Pen y Pass.
Sherpa Bus Stop: Pen y Pass Car Park – See more at: http://www.visitsnowdonia.info/snowdon_walks_-_6_routes-95.aspx#sthash.mkJEZw1C.dpuf

Pyg Track

Distance: 7 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 723m (2,371 ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back)
Start and Finish: Pen y Pass Car Park (SH 647557 / LL55 4NY)
Map: Explorer OL17 Ordnance Survey
Parking: If Pen y Pass car park is full, you can park in Nant Peris (SH 607582 / LL55 4UF) and catch the Sherpa bus back up to Pen y Pass.
Sherpa Bus Stop: Pen y Pass Car Park – See more at: http://www.visitsnowdonia.info/snowdon_walks_-_6_routes-95.aspx#sthash.mkJEZw1C.dpuf

Watkin Path

Distance: 8 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 1,015m (3,329 ft)
Time: Approx 7 hours (there and back)
Start an Finish: Bethania Bridge, Nant Gwynant (SH 628507 / LL55 4NL) on the A498 turning towards Hafod y Llan Farm
Map: Explorer OL17 Ordnance Survey
Parking: Pont Bethania, Nant Gwynant car park (SH 628507 / LL55 4NL)
Sherpa Bus Stop: Nant Gwynant Car Park – See more at: http://www.visitsnowdonia.info/snowdon_walks_-_6_routes-95.aspx#sthash.mkJEZw1C.dpuf

Rhyd Ddu Path

Distance: 7.5 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 895m (2,936 ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back)
Start and Finish: Rhyd Ddu Car Park (SH 571526 / LL54 6TN)
Map: Explorer OL17 Ordnance Survey
Parking: Rhyd Ddu Car Park (SH 571526 / LL54 6TN)
Sherpa Bus Stop: End of Rhyd Ddu Car Park – See more at: http://www.visitsnowdonia.info/snowdon_walks_-_6_routes-95.aspx#sthash.mkJEZw1C.dpuf

Snowdon Ranger

Distance: 8 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 936m (3,070 ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back)
Start and Finish: Snowdon Ranger YHA, Llyn Cwellyn (SH 564551 / LL54 7YS)
Map: Explorer OL17 Ordnance Survey
Parking: Llyn Cwellyn Car Park (SH 564551 / LL54 7YS)
Sherpa Bus Stop: Llyn Cwellyn Car Park – See more at: http://www.visitsnowdonia.info/snowdon_walks_-_6_routes-95.aspx#sthash.mkJEZw1C.dpuf

Also if you don’t feel like walking there is a train from Llanberis to the top of the mountain. For more information click here.

We camped the night before in Llanberis village. It’s called Camping in Llanberis, click here to see the web site. This campsite is a farm, so you will sleep next to the cutest sheep in Snowdonia! This campsite is not the most luxurious one in the world, but it have all that you might need, toilets, showers and a kitchen. You can also do fire for your own BBQ next to your tent (always following the security rules). For hikers this campsite is ideal. The locations is stunning, you can see the lake from there. Is not crazy expensive so that’s good!

That night we had a huge thunderstorm, I was hoping that in the morning we will be able to hike the  Yr Wyddfa. We woke up early in the morning and it was still raining hard, and the clouds where very low. So we didn’t have good visibility to go up. I was so disappointed in that moment (I know the weather in Wales), so we had to cancel our mini adventure.   Luckily at 2 PM the skies start clearing and the sun raised. So that was our chance to ascent the Yr Wyddfa!

The path is very wide and easy to walk. If you are not used to hike at all I recommend to use walking poles, anyway I always bring with me my walking poles, they are super useful.

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Was scary windy up there! This is the last bit to arrive to the top of the mountain.

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Behind me you can see the top! In that moment I felt super excited 😀

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Here I am! The views from here are amazing. It’s worth to do it just for these views and the amazing feeling you feel reaching the top.

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Views from the top:

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Here you can see my gps details:

Yr Wyddfa from Mireia Sangalo on Vimeo.

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