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Snowdonia’s Spectacular Trails: 10 Routes for Adventure Seekers!

From leisurely strolls to challenging hikes, Snowdonia offers a diverse range of walking routes suitable for all abilities. Check out our top 10 favorite trails to immerse yourself in the beauty of this region on foot!

If you’re planning to create your own route but unsure about the necessary map, utilize our Ordnance Survey online map finder.

  1. Barnmouth Full Tour Circular Walk

Difficulty: Moderate Terrain: Open, Hill, Woodland Distance: 7.10 km | Approx. Time: 2:25 hours This route can be split into two parts, taking you along sections of the renowned Panorama Walk, offering breathtaking views of Barmouth Bridge. Immerse yourself in the area’s rich history by exploring various monuments, sculptures, and interesting buildings along the way.

Recommended Maps: OS Explorer OL23: Cadair Idris & Llyn Tegid / OS Landranger 124: Porthmadog & Dolgellau

Download the route for this walk here.

  1. The Welsh Three-Thousanders Walk

Difficulty: Severe Terrain: Mountain, Open Distance: 50.20 km | Approx. Time: 27:40 hours (one-way) For the adventurous, the Welsh Three-Thousanders presents a challenging 51km hike, encompassing 15 summits with a total ascent of 3606m. Experienced walkers will relish the opportunity to conquer Carneddau, Crib Goch, the Glyders, Snowdon, and Tryfan all in one epic journey.

Recommended Maps: OS Explorer OL17: Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa OS Landranger 115: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa

Download the route for this walk here.

  1. The Snowdon Horseshoe

Difficulty: Difficult Terrain: Mountain, Open Distance: 14.70 km | Approx. Time: 5:55 hours As one of Wales’ best ridge walks, the Snowdon Horseshoe offers a thrilling 11km route that’s not for the faint-hearted or those with a fear of heights. Allow around six hours to complete this challenging hike, and don’t forget to pack some refreshments to keep your energy up.

Recommended Maps: OS Explorer OL17: Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa OS Landranger 115: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa

Download the route for this walk here.

  1. Penmaenmawr

Difficulty: Moderate Terrain: Open, Hill Distance: 8.60 km | Approx. Time: 2:55 hours Commencing from Llanfairfechan promenade, this 10km walk blends firm, grassy paths with steep ascents and descents. Discover ancient enclosures and stone circles predating the Roman invasion, and on clear days, enjoy stunning views of the Lake District mountains in the distance.

Recommended Maps: OS Explorer OL17: Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa OS Landranger 115: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa

Download the route for this walk here.

  1. Cwm Trwsgl from Cwm Pennant

Difficulty: Moderate Terrain: Woodland Distance: 10.90 km | Approx. Time: 3:15 hours Experience the hidden gem of Cwm Pennant with this short walking route that takes you through the old Cwm Trwsgl quarries and disused quarry barracks. Exercise caution near the open quarry workings. Enjoy a pleasant return on a country lane after following the old tramway along the valley sides.

Recommended Maps: OS Explorer OL17: Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa OS Landranger 115: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa

Download the route for this walk here.

  1. Crib Goch to Snowdon

Difficulty: Difficult Terrain: Mountain, Open Distance: 5.05 km | Approx. Time: 2:45 hours (one-way) For thrill-seekers, Crib Goch presents a thrilling challenge with grade one scrambling, steep slopes, and slippery rock. This route allows you to conquer three summits in a single day: Crib Goch, Garnedd, and Snowdon. However, avoid attempting this hike in wet weather or winter conditions unless well-prepared with crampons and ice axes.

Recommended Maps: OS Explorer OL17: Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa OS Landranger 115: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa

Download the route for this walk here.

  1. Snowdon Ranger Path

Difficulty: Moderate Terrain: Mountain, Open Distance: 6.30 km | Approx. Time: 3:10 hours (one-way) Less crowded than other Snowdon routes, the Snowdon Ranger Path offers a quick ascent from the Snowdon Ranger Youth Hostel, rewarding hikers with stunning views from the top. Treat yourself to a pint of ale at the pub in Rhyd Ddu after your uphill journey.

Recommended Maps: OS Explorer OL17: Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa OS Landranger 115: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa

Download the route for this walk here.

  1. The Pyg and Miners Tracks

Difficulty: Moderate Terrain: Mountain, Open Distance: 11.95 km | Approx. Time: 4:20 hours Sticking to the Pyg track will make your ascent up Snowdon relatively straightforward. Exercise caution where the track joins Llanberis path, as lingering ice can be hazardous. Descend the Miners track, passing old miner houses. This 11km route takes around five hours, so ensure you bring sufficient food and water.

Recommended Maps: OS Explorer OL17: Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa OS Landranger 115: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa

Download the route for this walk here.

  1. Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert

Difficulty: Easy Terrain: Woodland, Open Distance: 7.60 km | Approx. Time: 2:05 hours (one-way) A popular route up Snowdon, offering two ascent options: the easier Pyg track or the more challenging Crib Goch with its exciting ridge walking and scrambling. The choice depends on your comfort with heights and level of fitness.

Recommended Maps: OS Explorer OL17: Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa OS Landranger 115: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa

Download the route for this walk here.

  1. Dôl Idris

Difficulty: Easy Terrain: Open Distance: 1.45 km | Approx. Time: 0:25 hours Embark on this flat circular path donated to the National Park Authority by Mr. Ivor Idris. Suitable for all, this short route offers a glimpse of Snowdonia’s stunning scenery. Take advantage of the tea room and visitor center or bring a picnic to enjoy at the scattered picnic tables along the path.

Recommended Maps: OS Explorer OL23: Cadair Idris & Llyn Tegid / OS Landranger 124: Porthmadog & Dolgellau

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