Snowdon via Lliwedd from Pen y Pass

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Route Summary:

Distance: 7k Kms

Ascent: 900 metres

Time: 3hrs 30mins

Start and Finish:


Good cafe and YHA with bar, public toilets at Pen y Pass.


Scrambling, Navigation and steep scree on the final section of Watkin.

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Snowdon via Lliwedd from Pen y Pass Details

The summit of y Lliwedd is usually taken as a descent route, an anticlimax to the Snowdon Horseshoe. Failing to make the cut for the 15 peaks, it still makes a worthy trip in it’s own right when time is short, or as a more challenging route to the summit.

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Snowdon via Lliwedd from Pen y Pass Route Description

1 Start the route along the Miner’s Track from Pen y Pass. This acends gently to Llyn Llydaw.

Lliwedd (1 of 23)

2 At Llyn Llydaw, take the path left along the shore, which winds it’s way gently before ascending  to the start of the steep section.

Lliwedd (6 of 23)

3 After the 529 spot height, the route turns into an easy scramble. So long as you get the line right, there are no real problems other than some sections that are loose underfoot. It’s only 200m of ascent, and once you top out on the ridge, the walking becomes much more pleasant.

Lliwedd (8 of 23)

4 The path continues its way around, with some easy scrambles, some steep sections – but nothing on the scale of Crib Goch. Pass the minor summit of Lliwedd Bach, or climb it if you wish, and then the going gets rockier for the final section to the twin summits of Lliwedd. Take in the views – they’re spectacular.

Lliwedd (16 of 23)


5 From the summit, descend roughly NW, with multiple possible routes to join the Watkin Path at Bwlch y Ciliau. It’s loose and steep in places, and care is needed.


6 Follow the Watkin Path along towards Bwlch y Saethau, before it zig-zags steeply to join the Rhyd Ddu path just below the summit. This section can be hard going – especially so under winter conditions where any slip could be fatal.


7 Once on the ridge proper, turn right towards Hafod Eryri, and the steps can be easily followed to the summit.

We recommend you descend either via the Miner’s / PYG!

In Descent – you can follow the route above in reverse, keeping an eye out for the Watkin Path fingerpost above. After descending to Bwlch y Ciliau, you need to make sure you don’t miss the path that forks left for Lliwedd.

Descending to Pen y Pass, the main descent path is clear enough due to use in clear weather.

Now visit the summit.



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1 Comment
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    Dave Roberts 1 year ago

    Faultless little scramble with unrivaled views.

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