Getting to the top of Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, is the ambition of many walkers, and there’s no better way to do it than with a friendly group of people, being led by an experienced guide. All of our guided Snowdon day walks are lead by qualified Mountain Leaders, all of who are first aid trained and will carry suitable first aid kits and mountain safety equipment. They will be there to look after the navigation, leaving you to focus on the walk, the views and making new friends with your walking companions. Having a guide along for the day is also a great way to offer support and encouragement to those who may need that extra bit of support to reach their goal. It also gives you the chance to maybe try a route thats a bit quieter and more remote. This route is our most challenging way to the summit, not only does the route start at the lowest point of all the other routes meaning you have to climb higher, but close to the summit there is a substantial bit of scrambling. That said the route is beautiful and the start begins in ancient woods and winds its way up the side of a stream with stunning waterfalls and amazing rock pools. We do limit this event to over 16’s.
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Our journey starts in Nantgwynant, the beautiful valley south of Snowdon, filled with woodlands, and with the sleepy Glaslyn River winding its way through farmland and between small craggy hills. This path is the only one up Snowdon that begins in a woodland, and we have a few minutes of peace as we head through it, listening to the sound of birdsong before committing ourselves to the climb ahead.
The track then leads up into the vast glacial valley of Cwm Llan, and although there are some uphill sections, these first miles are relatively easy underfoot. We can admire the crags of Y Lliwedd above us while passing next to the waterfalls of the Afon Cwm Llan.
In Cwm Llan itself we pass Gladstone Rock, where British Prime Minister Gladstone opened Watkin’s path and then began a walk up it at the ripe old age of 89. We’ll also see the remains of the slate mines that were once active in this valley, where hundreds of men were employed to dig out the valuable rock used for roofing and building materials all over the world.
The summit of Snowdon soon becomes visible, and after reaching the slate mines, our track becomes a path and winds its way steeply up to the Bwlch y Saethau, one of the mythological places King Arthur was killed.
After a brief respite along some level ground, with views of the ridge of Crib Goch to the north, we begin the final pull up to the summit, over sometimes loose ground on a narrow path. This is definitely a time for concentration, when our guides will be able to give you a helping hand if you need it.
After drinking in the summit views, stretching from the north coast all the way down to Mid-Wales and sometimes even west all the way to Ireland, we’ll have plenty of time for photographs and congratulations before the descent.
For our descent we have a few options depending on the weather and how you’ve found the walk so far. We can either descend the south ridge, which includes some minor scrambling and allows us to see the brilliant ridge of Bwlch Main, or perhaps take the Miner’s path down to Pen-y-Pass before getting the bus back to Nantgwynant. Either way, we’ll see a different side of Snowdon on the way down and then head to a local café for a well-deserved celebration!
You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination
Refund excludes processing fees. Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.
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