The Best Views of Snowdon
Here at Walk up Snowdon, we might well be biased, but we think that Snowdon is one of the most beautiful and scenic mountain in the UK. Some of the other highest mountains in the UK have their scenic side, if you look just right, but Snowdon is ridiculously photogenic from almost all angles. Even so, there are some views of Snowdon that are better than others. Some are the well known cliché views – but excellent views nevertheless – to some lesser known views that we absolutely love. These aren’t the best views FROM Snowdon, that’s a post for another day.
Here’s a quick rundown of the Best Views of Snowdon.
Snowdon from Castell y Gwynt
This specific view from the rock outcrop known as Castell y Gwynt (Castle of the Winds) on Glyder Fach is one of the most iconic in Snowdonia. This view requires a walk up to the summits of the Glyderau.
Snowdon over Llynnau Mymbyr – Capel Curig / Plas y Brenin
This is one of the most famous views of Snowdon, partially as it’s one thar can be taken without leaving the car and partially as it really can be stunning. A bonus on the walk up Moel Siabod.
Snowdon South Ridge
From the popular to the lesser known view up Bwlch Main towards Snowdon summit from the top of the South Ridge and the Rhyd Ddu path. Bwlch Main can look formidable from this angle, when in reality it’s an airy walk rather than a tricky scramble.
If you can take your eyes off the drop either side – the view towards Snowdon from the knife edged arete of Crib Goch is stunning. You might miss it as the views in all directions are utterly breathtaking.
Snowdon over Llyn Llydaw or Glaslyn
This is a view enjoyed by many who climb Snowdon via the Miner’s Path from Pen-y-pass. The view of the summit is great higher up over Glaslyn, but we prefer the more distant view shown below.
From Llyn Padarn near Llanberis
Another one that doesn’t need much effort is Snowdon from the far end of Llyn Padarn.
The photo below doesn’t do it justice, but the view from the end of the Snowdon Horseshoe is one of our favourites. Wander off to the rarely visited summit of Gallt y Wenallt if you want to savour this view to yourself, you won’t believe you’re on the UK’s busiest mountain.
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Recommended Walking Guides: A Pocket Guide to Snowdon: A Guide to the Routes of Ascent, The Ascent of Snowdon: The Six Classic Routes Up Snowdon, Snowdon – The Story of a Welsh Mountain: Biography of a Mountain
Walking Books – Snowdonia Ridges of Snowdonia: The Best Ridge Walking, Mountain Walks: The Finest Mountain Walks in Snowdonia, Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia , Day Walks in Snowdonia, Mountain Walking in Snowdonia
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