Posted on 03/03/2016 by David
Snowdonia is known for its outstanding natural beauty and is a fantastic setting for walkers of all abilities. Whether you choose to take on Snowdon itself, or the other surrounding mountains and villages, you will not be disappointed with the experience that Snowdonia provides.
Snowdonia is perfect for seasoned walkers; there is a whole host of routes at different levels both on and off the beaten track. Or, if you’re a family who just wants a day out, there are plenty of steady routes for the whole family to enjoy too.
Here are some of our favourite walks in and around Snowdonia…
The great thing about this iconic mountain is that, with several different paths available, it really is ideal for walkers of all abilities. If you have younger children with you, or just get tired, the Snowdon Mountain Railway can take you either up or down the mountain and you walk the other leg.
In another blog, we give you the lowdown on ALL the routes up our favourite mountain. Why not take a look and plan your trip?
2. Mynydd Mawr
Mynydd Mawr, also known as Elephant Mountain, sits adjacent to Snowdon and therefore it has some excellent views. It is not a particularly difficult mountain to climb and there is a well-trodden path for the majority of the walk, so you won’t have to get your map out too many times! Remember to take your camera, as there really is some exceptional scenery.
3. The Welsh Three-Thousanders
If you’re up for the challenge (and you have some serious hiking experience under your belt), the Welsh Three-Thousanders might be a great walk for you. If you’re not in peak fitness this may be too difficult for you to complete in its entirety – but bear in mind, this does not have to be completed in one go. This walk includes Crib Goch, Tyfan, Snowdon, the Glyders and Carneddau in one day (if you can!).
4. Swallow Falls
Known in Welsh as Rhaeadr Ewynnol, Swallow Falls can be found in Betws-y-Coed. A popular tourist destination, these falls are classed as a ‘natural celebrity’ of the area. There are several routes surrounding Swallow Falls (mainly with steps) and it is a great place to begin or end your walk. Prepare to be amazed, this is natural beauty at its best!
5. Moel Eilio
If Snowdon is a little too much, Moel Eilio is a great alternative which can be found lower down in Llanberis. This route takes you half way up Snowdon to one of the less well known summits in the Snowdon range. When reaching the summit, take a moment to take in the breath-taking views of the northwest section of the Snowdonia National Park.
6. Pony Path
Pony path is found in Tŷ Nant and leads to the summit of the Cadair Idris. There are several routes both up and down to the summit. Choose your route carefully as some paths can prove too difficult in terms of the steepness. The southern route from Minffordd is known to be more challenging whereas the northern side of the summit is a little less so.
7. Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala)
Llyn Tegid, situated in Bala, is the largest body of natural water in Wales at 4 miles long. If it’s a sunny day out, this is a great walk with plenty of opportunities to stop for a picnic and take in the views. Parking is free and the majority of the route is flat, making it perfect for families or wheelchair users. Enjoy a gentle stroll around the lake (or part of it) and dust off the cobwebs on your walking boots!
Remember; always check the weather before you set off on a long walk so that you don’t get caught off guard. Take with you the necessary clothing, food and of course, a picnic blanket (weather permitting!). Be sure to also carry with you a mobile phone and a map – just in case!
Why not spend a whole week away in the Snowdonia area? Take a look at our cottages in the area here.