This is a quieter alternative end or start, especially if you want to combine the Ranger and Rhyd Ddu paths as a circuit.
|Height Gained 900m||Distance 8km||Time 3 hrs 07 min||Download GPX File for GPS|
For those of you who might think that all the routes up Snowdon are well known, here’s another one to add to the Cwm Clogwyn ascent. The Clogwyn Gwin path starts at Rhyd Ddu and is an ideal way to create a circuit from Rhyd Ddu without having to return over Bwlch Main, especially if you find it a tad windy on the first crossing.
This path starts from opposite the Cwellyn Arms in Rhyd Ddu and is mostly well marked and reasonably easy to follow. Taking the kissing gate in the gravelled area in front of the pub, you first cross a field before climbing and then crossing the WHR track, so check for any trains! It’s worth looking back at this point over Llyn Cwellyn, one of the finest viewpoints on the railway. A further pull uphill, followed by a slightly boggy section and you’re soon crossing the slate tips. Cross the stile, straight up the slate slope and follow the path left and down. Don’t be tempted to cut across right as you’ll end up on horribly loose slate, the path takes the best route down.
The path continues downhill before skirting the slate to the right and crossing the Afon Treweynydd by a footbridge. There’s a bit of ups and down here over some crags but then it’s all over as a wide, slightly boggy area lays ahead that may provide wet feet, or you may get lucky. Again the track, while not as clear as your usual Snowdon path, is clear enough and way marked often enough. Eventually, you reach the Snowdon Ranger path at SH575 553, with a few strange looks of “Where’s e come from then?”.
Then you can follow the Ranger Path up and the Rhyd Ddu / South Ridge back to the start to make a circular walk of about 15km. In summer you can take any of the other paths down and the Snowdon Sherpa to return to the start (just check the timetables first as they can be sparse between Pen y Gwryd and Beddgelert).