Snowdon routes from the campsite
Printable document: There are many scenic walks from the campsite, including three of the main routes up Snowdon, shown in the schematic. See details of how to access from the campsite below.
1. PyG Track: 6km, vertical gain 760m, 2½ hours up, start altitude 360m: Shortest route starts at Pen-y-Pass gaining height earlier than the Miner’s Track, so a steadier climb.
2. Miners Track: 6.5km, vertical gain 760m, 2¼ hours up, start altitude 360m
A popular route from Pen-y-Pass, starts very easy on side paths and ends with a steep climb up rocky zig-zags. Great views and excellent picnic spots by Llyn Llydaw and Llyn Glaslyn.
3. Watkin Path: 6.5km, vertical gain 1020m, 3 hours up, start altitude 65m
Starts at the lowest starting point, at Nant Gwynant, very scenic with woodlands, waterfalls and mining ruins. Finishes with a treacherous loose scree slope that can be dangerous in wet and windy conditions.
4. Crib goch: 5km, vertical gain 760m, 3 hours + up, start altitude 360m
Not a route for the faint hearted and should be avoided in strong winds and rain or snow. It is technically a grade I scramble and has exposure to some steep drops and cliffs. Starts at Pen-y-Pass.
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Access from the campsite
From the campsite:
- By road to the start of the nearest routes is further than walking, the carparks are expensive (£10 per day at Pen y Pass, £5 down the hill below Pen y Gwryd and £4 per day at Nantgwynant) and do get full.
- To walk or bus to Pen y Pass the start of Miners, PYG and Crib goch routes is 3.75 miles by road, but walking takes 1¼ hours, (turn left at the cattle grid at the campsite entrance). Alternatively a Sherpa bus passes around 9.25 am and can take you to Pen y Pass for £1.50. Wave down the driver up on the main road under the big campsite sign. The last bus back from Pen-y-Pass is at 16:40.
- To Nantgwynant for the Watkin path is 2 miles by road, a 45 minute scenic walk beside the lake.
- A round trip via Watkin Path, back via PyG or Miners track, can include breakfast at Caffi Gwynant and a stop at the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel for a pint afterwards. Allow 8 to 9 hours walking for this round trip.
The other Snowdon routes
5. South Ridge 6.5km, vertical gain 870m, 3 hours up, start altitude 190m
The least used route, spectacular views and quiet. Starts with the Rhyd Ddu path then ascends through old quarries. You can divert to Yr Aran on the way up and rejoin the path for the final South Ridge.
6. Rhyd Ddu Path: 6km, vertical gain 900m, 2 ½ hours up, start altitude 190m
Another less popular route, somewhat uninteresting. One exposed section at Bwlch Main that is best avoided in strong winds and mist. The South Ridge is better in bad weather if starting from Rhyd Ddu.
7. Snowdon Ranger: 6.5km, vertical gain 900m, 2 ¾ hours up, start altitude 145m
Starts at the Youth Hostel with a couple of steep zig-zag sections near the start and the end, but quite straightfoward. Probably the next easiest route after the Llanberis Path.
8. Llanberis Path: 7km, vertical gain 950m, 3 hours up, start altitude 115m
Probably the easiest route because it generally follows close to the moderate gradient of the railway line. Also the most popular and perhaps the least interesting.