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. The original route up Snowdon, and the one the poet Wordsworth would have taken in the 19th century, the Snowdon Ranger’s Path is a great adventure up the quieter western side of the mountain. The views west as you head up include the forest of Beddgelert, the Llyn Peninsula, and sweeping views over the Irish Sea. The route itself is one of the easiest, mostly along a well-made path with only a few steep sections. Although you are of course climbing the highest mountain in Wales, it will feel a lot easier than some of the other trails up, and you’ll get the same fantastic views from the summit.
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Our journey up the Ranger’s Path starts at the car park opposite the YHA Snowdon Ranger, which was originally the starting point for most people climbing the mountain when Llanberis was only reachable by boat. The start sees us cross the old narrow-gauge railway line between Caernarfon and Porthmadog and head up a series of gentle zig-zags.
As the view behind us reveals the pretty Llyn Cwellyn and the mountains behind, we enter a long stretch of easy path, allowing us to warm up, with views of the summit ahead.
Of course, it isn’t level for ever, as we do have to climb the mountain. The path begins its upward journey near the crags of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu, where though there are a few steep bits, the path is easy to follow and there are several great rest stops.
Once at the top of this section the gradient becomes easier again, and we find ourselves in the upper reaches of the mountain, the summit café visible ahead. The path leads over a broad shoulder, wide and without any steep drops. We cross the famous Snowdon Railway line and before long will be standing on the summit!
Our return journey will probably be the same route, to avoid road walking back to the start.
You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination
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