Frequently Asked Questions

Snowdon Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to Walk or Climb up Snowdon? 

How long is a piece of string?! Allow 3-4 hours to climb up Snowdon if in any doubt, and that’s just for the ascent. If you’re fitter, then you should be able to make it up and down in that time.

What should I wear to climb Snowdon?

Visit out equipment and clothing for Snowdon page for full information on what to wear when walking up Snowdon.

How high is Snowdon?

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and it stands at an elevation of 1,085 meters above sea level.

Where is Snowdon?

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is located in Snowdonia National Park, Wales, UK.

It’s called Mt or Mount Snowdon right? Why do you insist on using just Snowdon?

Because read this – Why it’s Never Mount Snowdon – then ask us again why we don’t call it “mount”. We dare you.

How can I get to Snowdon?

To get to Snowdon, or the starting points of one of the 6 main routes up Snowdon, check out our homepage that provides an info table with starting point and post codes for each.

Will the cafe be open?

Generally it’s only open when the train is travelling to the Summit Station. If in doubt, contact the Mountain Railway company. Never plan your walk relying on the cafe to be open!

Can I walk all the way to the top of Snowdon?

Yep – there’s no climbing involved on any of the walking routes. Some scrambling is needed for Crib Goch, Lliwedd and y Gribin.

Can I take my dog up Snowdon?

Yes, taking your dog on a mountain walk is great company for you and great exercise for them. Pease be a responsible dog mountain walker, and check out this article by our sister site Mud and Routes for more info on taking your dog mountain walking.

Which is the easiest Walk up Snowdon?

We use “Easy” very loosely, we are talking about walking up Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales of course! But the easiest Walk up Snowdon would be the Llanberis path route.

Which Walk up Snowdon has the best scenery?

The most scenic Walk up Snowdon in our opinion is the Watkin Path route.

Where can I park my car while on my Walk up Snowdon?

Check out our handy Parking and Public Transport guide.

Can I get a bus to the start of my Walk up Snowdon?

Why yes of course, there’s a specific service just for you called the Snowdon Sherpa bus service. Here’s our full Snowdon Sherpa guide.

Which walk up Snowdon is the best for the National Three Peaks Challenge?

Three peakers usually go for either the PYG or Miner’s Track. If you’re planning on taking on the National Three Peaks Challenge then why not visit our sister site cleverly named Walk up the Three Peaks, an online guidebook dedicated to all things three peaks.

Can I organise a walk up Snowdon myself?

If you’re thinking of planning a walk up Snowdon you’ll need need to ask yourself some question, take a look at our Organising a walk article for some pointers.

I’m not 100% confident self-guiding, can I get a guide?

If you’re looking for support/leadership on your Walk up Snowdon then we’ve started partnering up with local guiding providers to bring you a list of suitable professional guides.

(if you’re a guide and want to advertise with us then add your listing here for FREE!)

What equipment should I take on my Walk up Snowdon?

Taking on a walk up Snowdon requires suitable equipment no matter what time of year you attempt your ascent. For a full rundown take a look at our equipment article.

Can I mountain bike up Snowdon?

Yes, mountain biking up Snowdon is one of the UK’s true big mountain epic rides. Be aware there is a Snowdon voluntary cycling agreement between 10am and 5pm from May to the end of September. Check out our Mountain Biking up Snowdon article for all the info.

Where can I find a pub after my walk up Snowdon?

After walking up (and down) Snowdon you’ll have worked up a thirst, check our Best pubs around Snowdon article for some well researched local insights!

How much does it cost to stay at the hotel?

About three and six in old money the last time it was open… Seriously, there’s no accommodation on the top!

Is there accommodation near Snowdon?

Yes, places o stay are a plenty here in Snowdonia and vary to suit all tastes. Visit our accommodation in Snowdonia page on our directory for a selection.

(if you run accommodation and want to advertise with us then add your listing here for FREE!)

Do you arrange mortgages to pay for the parking in Pen y Pass?

No. I really wouldn’t want to be responsible for handling such money. I’d rather sort out Greece’s financial deficit.

Are you running out of questions and putting silly ones in now?

Er…. yep…

More Questions? Please ask them at our Mud and Routes- Walk up Snowdon forum. We’ve had so many requests via comments and email for advice, that we cannot respond to everybody and still get outside to produce all our lovely content! Asking on a forum means the advice is shared with everyone, as well as the opportunity for other experienced voices to chime in.

15 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. Morning, I am organising a charity walk up Snowdon for around 10 people, (Llamberis path) we aren’t able to do it until the end of September, I just wanted to ask if this is an ok time of year to climb, we have had a few years now of September being fine and dry. Would value your opinion. Many thanks

  2. Peter Charnley

    Hi myself and a few friends are planning to walk up Snowdon via the Pyg track and
    down the Lianberis. We are all reasonably fit but can not use a compass in conjunction
    with a map. Is there a easy to read map with pictures or diagrams we can down load or buy
    please. Going up mid june. thanks

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