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The Snowdon Girdle Walk

By Dave Roberts   

Published – March 5, 2015

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The Snowdon Girdle Walk

Further Details

Route Summary:

Start and Finish:

Distance: 22.02 km

Ascent: 1519 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.


VERY decent pub and tearoom in the village, WC at car park.

Public Transport:

Sherpa Buses and WHR to Rhyd Ddu

Traveline for UK Public Transport


Parking usually plentiful this side of Snowdon


Distance, navigation, pathless.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Walk up Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon Safely Navigation and the Gear and Equipment you’ll need.

Check the Weather before setting out.

We reccommend  Met Office Snowdonia and MWIS and live conditions on Adventure Smart – live conditions

Snowdon Guidebooks:

Recommended Snowdon Maps

The Snowdon Girdle Walk Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

The Snowdon Girdle Walk

So you want a really challenging Walk up Snowdon? Why not try the Snowdon Girdle walk.

Devised by the late Showell Styles, this is a grand tour of the cymoedd surrounding Snowdon that doesn’t actually reach the summit!

This is a tough day, or an even better done as a two or three day walk to be savoured.

The Full Route is on Mud and Routes.


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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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