The Snowdon Horseshoe Scramble

By Dave Roberts   

on January 3, 2021   5/5 (3)

The Snowdon Horseshoe Scramble

Further Details

Route Summary:

Start and Finish:

Distance: 12.17 km

Ascent: 1061 m

Time: Allow 8 hours

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.


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

Public Transport:

Sherpa Buses from Llanberis and Betws y Coed

Traveline for UK Public Transport


This is an exposed scramble to be attempted only by those with experience and a head for heights!

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:

Recommended Snowdon Maps

The Snowdon Horseshoe Scramble Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

The Snowdon Horseshoe Scramble

The Snowdon Horseshoe is without a doubt one of the classic walks in the UK, let alone on Snowdon and is probably the best overall route if you can cope with the heights and the exposure.

This route combines the Ascent of Snowdon via Crib Goch from Pen y Pass and descends via Y Lliwedd – in a delicious circuit. You can extend the walk by ascending Craig Fach and finishing on Gallt y Wenallt for a truly epic mountain day.

The Full Snowdon Horseshoe Scramble Route Description 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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