This route will take you from our event base at Royal Victoria Hotel through the outskirts of Llanberis itself and quickly up into the surrounding mountain tops.
• Distance: 13.5 miles / 22 km
• Total Ascent: 1608m
• Time: 10+ hours
• Start Point: Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis
• Grid Ref: SH 583 597
• Peaks – Moel Eilio, Foel Gron, Foel Goch, Moel Cynghorion & Yr Wyddfa
Setting off from the hotel you will head up steeply on the tarmacked road from Victoria Terrace, past the Pen Ceuanant /Snowdon Café. Shortly after here you will turn right and cross the lower section of the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway. You will cross a foot bridge and head onward to the track that leads you towards the base of your first mountain, Moel Eilio. This is the most outlying peak in the Snowdon Massif.
You will continue along the track above the village, which is known as Cefn Du and is the final descent for the famous Snowdon Marathon. Walking along the now grassed track, you will reach the broad crossroad at Bwlch y Croes, where one of our safety team will point you towards the main path towards the summit.
Having walked for about 2.5 hours and worked hard up the broad ridge line, you will welcome the sight of the summit cairn shelter. Take a breath, have a bite to eat and if the weather allows take in the 360-degree views. Your objective, Yr Wyddfa, will dominate the horizon. Heading off along the south-east ridge, the route takes you up and down the prominent peaks of Foel Gron and Foel Goch.
Reaching the pass, Bwlch Maesgwm, between Foel Goch and Moel Cynghorion you will have been on the move for around 5 hours now, with a steep ascent ahead. A quick drink and up you go, the final summit before joining the Snowdon Ranger path and heading towards the 1085m summit. The path zig-zags steadily now, with a few short rocky steps along the way. Then the slope eases above the impressive cliffs of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu and you cross the railway before joining the other paths at Bwlch Glas. Here, you will see one of the Mountain Safety team who will direct you right towards the summit area. Only 15 minutes from here before you are stood on the highest point in Wales!
After taking a few moments to realise what you’ve achieved, you will be heading back down via the Llanberis path, descending back to event base at the Royal Victoria Hotel. From the summit area, you will need to travel back towards Bwlch Glas, where you will see one of our team pointing you in the right direction.
Do not cross the railway line (that’s the Snowdon Ranger path) and do not gain any more height (that takes you towards the route to Crib Goch). Descending the broad Llanberis Path will take approximately 2.5 hours to reach Llanberis village – more if you’re taking more rest stops or need to take it slowly down the rockier/steeper sections.
There are two short steeper sections on this path where you can zig-zag as you walk down to ease the angle slightly. After the first slope you will cross underneath the railway for the first time. After this you will descend the next steep stepped section (Allt Moses). Approximately 20 mins from the base of this section you will reach our team at the Halfway House café where you can rest and enjoy a quick drink. You are now approximately 1/1.5 hours from the hotel on good tracks. Cross beneath the railway one last time before reaching the final gate. When you exit the mountain at the final gate, you will meet one of our team to check you off the mountain. The final part of your day will be the steep road descent past the charming Snowdon Café, why not stop for some fresh made lemonade before heading back to the hotel.
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