INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SNOWDON
- Thomas Johnson made the first recorded ascent of Snowdon in 1639.
- Edmund Hillary trained on Snowdon before conquering the giant Mount Everest.
- You can find a rare flower on Snowdon, The Snowdon Lily.
- Snowdon is said to be the tomb of Rhitta Gawr. Rhitta wore a cloak made of men’s beard and was killed by the legend King Arthur.
SNOWDON WALKING ROUTES
There are 8 paths you can take to reach the summit (1 being the most difficult).
- Crib Goch
- The Watkin Path
- Snowdon South Ridge
- Snowdon PYG Track
- Rhyd Ddu Path
- Miner’s Track
- Snowdon Ranger Path
- Llanberis Path
Recommendations made by Steph, the creator of Destination Downtime.
Rhyd Ddu Path, this path is said to be one of the finest walks up Snowdon and I have to agree. Classed as a ‘hard strenuous walk’ the climb is relatively easy and allows you to really appreciate the atmosphere. This route is one of the quietest of the Snowdon routes which allows you to really enjoy the stunning views around you. (The route will take around 5/6 hours). The first mile climbs gradually along the track and at points, fairly steeply over rocky terrain. This is a good route if your experienced with long walks and hikes however, I would suggest an easier route if you have young children.
A breakdown of this route.
Distance: 8.5 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 895m (2,936 ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back)
Parking suggestion – Rhyd Ddu Car Park LL54 6TN (arrive early as parking here is limited). £6 for the day (cash & card accepted)
PREPARING FOR THE 8 SNOWDON WALKING ROUTES
Make sure you pack everything you need, I would suggest to take plenty of water, 2 litres per person is advisable. Also pack small snacks that are easy to eat along the way and give you a burst of energy. Bananas and protein bars are perfect! Make sure you bring a picnic for when you reach the top as the restaurant prices are extremely high!
WHAT TO WEAR
Comfy shoes are a must, walking boots with ankle support/ suitable trainers, sports trainers are suitable for the Rhyd Ddu Path. I would suggest casual sports gear for this climb, definitely avoid jeans and any clothing that restricts your movement.
If you don’t have big enough pockets for storage, I would recommended taking a bum bag or phone holder armband to ensure you have easy access to your phone. This allows you to be able to take photos during your climb without having to stop to take your phone out of your backpack.
Check the weather forecast and make sure you pack for all eventualities.
Have you explored any of these Snowdon walking routes?
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