The Snowdon Circular Route is a low to mid level walking route around Snowdon, from Llanberis to Rhyd Ddu,...
Welcome to Walk up Snowdon
Walk up Snowdon is the most comprehensive on-line guidebook for walking routes up Yr Wyddfa in Snowdonia (It's Never Mount Snowdon). With free walking maps and full guides to all the routes to the summit of Snowdon it's the only website dedicated to walking routes up Snowdon.
Snowdon, at 1085 metres in height is the tallest mountain in Wales and has a number of varied walking routes to the summit. It's also one of the mountains climbed on the National Three Peaks Challenge - Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis being the other two - with the climb up Snowdon usually being the first or final mountain. The mountain is also part of the Welsh 3 Peaks and the Welsh 14/15 Peak Challenge.
For those who don't want a challenge, there's the option of ascending on the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway that ferries the masses to the summit, rather than tacking the climb themselves. While you can climb or walk up the mountain, there are those who choose to run up Snowdon, and the Annual International Snowdon Race in July is world famous!
We recommend if you do not have mountain walking experience to join a guided walk up Snowdon organised by an experienced and qualified mountain guide.
It's also famous for the Snowdon Horseshoe scrambling route, the best way to climb the highest mountain in Wales! Ascending first up Crib Goch, the hardest route, for those with a head for heights, the route continues over Crib y Ddysgl, Yr Wyddfa and descends via Y Lliwedd. One of the best mountain days in the UK. We've listed the best circular routes on Snowdon to make choosing a day walk even easier.
More popular is the Llanberis Path, which is the most popular route of ascent. It's generally accepted to be the easiest route in non-winter conditions, but note that's 'easiest' and not easy - as there's no easy way to walk up this mountain! In winter, it's one of the more dangerous options as the section known as the Killer Convex means that a slip at that point can often be fatal.
You'll need to know what you need to walk up Snowdon -which is the right gear to start with, with the proper mountain skills just as essential. In other words, you'll need the gear and you'll need to know how to use it!
The Routes to Snowdon Summit Interactive Map has an interactive map that shows all the walking routes to the summit, with a page for each walk that shows the route and has a downloadable gpx file. The walks up Snowdon are divided into easy walks, hard walks and scrambles up Snowdon. We have a full description for all the popular walks to the summit, from the Llanberis Path to Crib Goch and The Miners' Tracks. We also describe the less popular, but by no means less scenic routes like Snowdon South Ridge and Y Gribin.
We know that there's more to the area than Snowdon so we've added a Walks in Snowdonia section for other related walks which are hosted on our sister site - Mud and Routes. The very best walks in Snowdonia has been curated for you as the best easy walks in Snowdonia and the best mountain walks in Snowdonia, with a selection of easier hill walks on our best walks to easier summits in Snowdonia page.
Main Walking Routes up Snowdon
Parking Post Code
Ascent / Climbing
|Llanberis||LL55 4TD||7km||945m||3-4 hours|
|Snowdon Ranger||LL54 7YS||6km||900m||2-3.5 hours|
|Pen y Pass||LL55 4NY||6km||800m||2-3 hours|
|Rhyd Ddu||LL54 6TN||6km||860m||2-3 hours|
|Nant Gwynant||LL55 4NR||6km||1000m||3-4 hours|
|Pen y Pass||LL55 4NY||5km||800m||2 -3 hours|
*Distance is for one way only
**Time is for one way only, and variable. Very fit walkers can walk up and down Snowdon in 3-4 hours and will know their own timings and speed. If in doubt, assume the longest duration for your ascent and add the longest for your descent, depending on route. Add a good half hour or more for the summit stop as well.
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