Moel Eilio and Snowdon Circular Walk from Waunfawr

By Dave Roberts   

on January 3, 2021   4/5 (1)

Moel Eilio and Snowdon Circular Walk from Waunfawr

Further Details

Route Summary:

Start and Finish:

Distance: 21.21 km

Ascent: 1229 m


Timings are approximate and depend on the individual. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Before You Walk up Snowdon, ask yourselfAre you equipped? Do you know what you’re doing? Are the conditions safe? If you answer no to any of these, stay safe, don’t go! Check the weather forecast and make sure you know about walking up Snowdon in the Snow. If you lack experience – hire a Snowdon Mountain Guide.


Parking at Start

Public Transport:

Buses to Waunfawr

Traveline for UK Public Transport


Distance and Nav

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Keeping Safe on the Wales Coast Path,  Navigation and the Gear and Equipment you’ll need.

Snowdon Guidebooks:

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Moel Eilio and Snowdon Circular Walk from Waunfawr

The longest approach to the ascent of Snowdon is along the Moel Eilio ridge. While the Moel Eilio Ridge and Snowdon can be tackled from Llanberis, there’s an alternative approach from Bwlch y Groes above Waunfawr. It starts up a bit higher up, so you’ve got less ascent overall. There is an issue at the moment with the approach road deteriorating, and so you may have to start from the crossroads at Groeslon in Waun – adding a significant 6 km to the total route. This approach also makes it easier to descend perhaps the Rhyd Ddu path as it would be reasonably straightforward to get back to the start on one of the Sherpa Buses.

Start at the road head at SH551 598, the end of a lane that starts in Waunfawr.

You need to follow the track past the plantation and towards the Bwlch.

Cross the stile and then you join the route from Llanberis though you’ll need to climb back to the start.


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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