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A word of caution: this walk is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re fit and experienced, it can be well worth the effort for the spectacular views you’ll encounter. If you’re heading out in the winter months, you’ll need proper winter kit to complete it – a good coat, an ice axe, and crampons – so that probably tells you a little of the difficulties you’ll be facing.

From Pen-y-Pass, follow the Miners’ Track to Llyn Llydaw. Here, go along the path to the southwest, making the steep hike up the ridge. When you reach the ridge, make a careful descent down the west peak. Keep near the ridge to make things a little easier.

You’ll reach the top of the Watkin Path, named after Sir Edward Watkin, who opened the first public footpath in the country. Follow the path northwest; it will take you (steeply) to the ridge just below Snowdon’s peak.

Follow the ridge to the café, where you can stop and recuperate for a minute or ten. Keep going northeast, and you’ll soon reach the summit. Rest here, and take in the incredible sights over the region.

Follow the ridge and you’ll see signs for the Llanberis Path. This is an easier descent, and will take you right down to Llanberis. 


Image Source: CC by 2.0 by W_Minshull

Image Source: CC by 2.0 by Scott Wylie


This walk begins at Pen-y-Pass, from here walkers will head southwest before a embarking ona steep descent. 

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