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This somewhat challenging walk will reward you with great views of Snowdonia and its namesake mountain, but it will take a bit of effort, at a length of nine miles and an approximate time of up to six hours.

Start off on Watkin Path, named after the Victorian entrepreneur who created Britain’s first dedicated public footpath, and follow the popular route along. You’ll come to a plaque; this commemorates the opening of this path by William Gladstone. Further along is the old slate quarry, where you can see the old workers’ buildings.

Enjoy the views as you make your way up and over. You can see the top of Yr Aran on your right, but even better is the view over the lake, Llyn Llydaw. When you see it, head right – left is for Snowdon – towards Y Lliwedd.

Over this ridge and you’re nearly there, but be careful: although this is not a particularly difficult climb, things can quickly become tricky if the weather changes quickly. Make sure you’re prepared! If the weather does start to change, it’s better to be safe and turn back; don’t chance it.

If the weather is on your side, however, the views are truly wonderful, and well worth the climb.


Image Source: CC-by-2.0 by Jorge Franganillo

Image Source: CC-by-SA-2.0 by Hefin Owen (Edited by NWHC)


Nant Gwynant is found in the valley bottom. The A498 descends approximately 600 feed into the valley. 

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