Take on Snowdon via one of the most popular and rewarding routes
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 Three
The Miners Path
Of all the routes up Snowdon, perhaps the most popular is the Miner’s path, combining fantastic views with a gentle start, so you can get into your stride before the climbing begins.
We’ll begin by getting the bus (please have £1.50 in change) from the centre of Llanberis up to Pen-y-Pass, which is already over 300 metres up the mountain, and the highest point that roads go around Snowdon. It’s the site of a true mountain hostel and National Park information centre, but we’ll be saving the café visits till later, as our first business is with the mountain before us.
The Miner’s Path begins as a gentle track, winding its way past the beautiful lake of Llyn Llydaw and the ruins of the copper mine that give the track its name. The summit of Snowdon soon comes into view ahead, a great pyramid of rock and grass. We see possibly it’s most dramatic side, the great trinity face.
On our ascent up the path, we’ll be surrounded by the giant rocky peaks of Y Lliwedd and Crib Goch, two of the famous Snowdon ridges and which together make up the famous scramble of the Snowdon Horseshoe. If you look closely you’ll probably see climbers heading up!
After passing the cool green waters of Glaslyn, the uphill work begins in earnest as we head up a long snaking staircase, which at times is quite steep. You’ll be able to go at a steady pace though, and our guides will look after you all the way.
After a giant zig-zag, which at least reduces the gradient somewhat, we emerge onto the summit ridge, where we’ll be able to see west to the Irish Sea, north to Anglesey, and of course back down the many miles we’ve already walked. From here it’s a simple matter of following the trail up the last few hundred metres to the top, where for a moment we’ll be the highest people in Wales, and will hopefully have views all over Snowdonia.
After plenty of time for photos and snacking, our descent will be down a different path, probably the Llanberis path. This trail takes a gentle gradient and leads us north, close to the famous railway line and with the Menai Straights and the coast ahead.
Near the bottom, we’ll visit a café for our celebratory drinks, before the short walk back in to Llanberis. You’ve definitely earned the right to congratulate yourselves today!
Who will be looking after you...
Where to meet your guide
Please meet your guides outside the Electric Mountain Visitor Centre, just to the right of the main door are some flagpoles and your guide will be waiting there for you.
The opening times of the visitor centre vary on the seasons but if it is open there are toilets and a cafe inside. If the centre is not open we will walk past toilets before we start the walk.
Parking: There is a car park next door to the visitor centre, this is pay and display and currently cost £4 for the whole day.
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