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Posted on 29/11/2016 by David

Snowdonia is the perfect place for walkers who enjoy a mountain ramble, but there are many walks that aren’t up Snowdon that are just as good, so don’t write them off just yet! Here are 5 walks that you should try in Snowdonia…

1. Tryfan

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Tryfan is found in the Ogwen Valley and offers spectacular views over the valley itself. One of the most popular walks is the route up to the North Ridge, which is known to be quite a challenge for those who do not attempt this type of walk very often. As you reach the top, you will notice there are two big boulders aptly named Adam & Eve. Legend has it that those who jump the terrifying 4 foot gap are given the Freedom of Tryfan

Once you’ve reached the peak – there is an easy descent down to Llyn Bochlwyd and down into the Ogwen Valley. A truly exhilarating walk!

2. Moel Eilio 

The walk from Moel Eilio to Llanberis is a pretty special one. This lesser known summit is 726 metres high and standing at the top offers good views of the other mountains in the range. This route is just 7 miles but is moderately difficult due to the ascents.

Once you reach Llanberis, why not stop at Pantri who offer a spectacular afternoon tea, or head to Pete’s Eats to have a hearty meal – fit for a king!

3. Cadair Idris

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After Snowdon, Cadair Idris is the most popular mountain with walkers. Also located in Snowdonia, there are many routes up to the summit (named Pen y Gadair) which is 2390 feet high! There are 4 main routes up this mountain, including the ‘Foxes Path’, ‘Pony Path’, ‘Minffordd Path’ and ‘Llanfihangel y Pennant Path’. Each are quite difficult but offer different experiences and spectacular views across the valley.

4. Y Llethr

The highest mountain in the Rhinogydd range of Snowdonia, Y Llethr is one of the highlights of Snowdonia. A popular mountain walk is the Y Llethr walk from Dyffryn Ardudwy, which is known for its greenery and less rugged terrain, compared to other Rhinogs mountains. This walk is moderately hard and is around 11.5 miles, but there are picture-perfect picnic spots along the way, so make sure to pack some sandwiches! 

5. Aran Fawddwy

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At 907 metres high, Aran Fawddwy is the highest peak in the south of Snowdon. The route to the summit from Cwm Cywarch is, without a doubt, one of the best walks in Snowdonia. Starting at Cwm Cywarch, this walk takes you away from the hustle and bustle before reaching nearly 3000 feet! From the top, the views are unbeatable so spend some time enjoying them, before the long walk down!

These great mountains walks offer something a little different to Snowdon with unbeatable views. Why not spend some time in the area and give some of these fantastic walks a go? Stay in a cosy country cottage for some much-needed R&R after a long day in the fresh air!

Which is your favourite walk in North Wales? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @NWHC