Hiking Mt. Snowdon, in Wales… An Easier Alternative

Hiking Wales

We started our journey by driving to the village of Llanberis, in Snowdon National Park.  You can park your car in the local parking lot and walk to the station to board the train. Make sure to book your tickets in advance and secure a specific departure time.  https://snowdonrailway.co.uk/

Start of train up to the top of Mt. Snowdon
Llanberis Train Station

The blue-sky day was perfect for our train ride/hike.  We climbed aboard the 43-passenger train and took the 30-minute railway ride to the summit. This is a lovely way to enjoy the vast mountain ranges and interact with other visitors as you ascend to the top. Mount Snowdon is 3,560 feet high and the tallest mountain in the UK.

Snowdon Railway heading up to the top of the mountain.
The easy way up!
The Top of Snowdon - Visitors Center
Rail station ends

Upon reaching the summit you disembark at the informative visitor center which houses, information on the area, clean restrooms, a café’ and gift shop. On a clear day you can see all the way to Ireland. The 360 scenic view will take your breath away.

Before you hike down…. NOTE: This hike is not for the faint of heart! Make sure you know the weather and bring the right kind of gear. Have a trail map, bring water, and plan out your hike to your destination before setting out. If you end up at the end of the trail which can be a different location from where you started, don’t worry the local free bus can help take you back to the village of Llanberis.  Just confirm bus times and stops at the rail station prior to starting your journey.   https://www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/en/Residents/Parking-roads-and-travel/Travel-passes/Snowdon-Sherpa.aspx

The start of the trail from the top of Mt. Snowdon
Hike down from Mt Snowdon

The top of the hike was steep and narrow which on a good day can be very crowded.

Desending down Mt. Snowdon on a rocky path.
View from mid-way point

Take care to watch your footing on the path, there is a lot a scree (multiple shale like rocks), which can cause you to slip. Taking hiking poles can be helpful.

Heading off trail to do exploring near rocky cliffs.
Exporing off the beaten path
Old stone buildings on the trail
Old relics worth a look

It took us about 5 hours to get to the bottom, but we stopped at a lake for lunch and explored some of the cliffs, old buildings, and a cave.

This is a memorable experience that is a great adventure weather permitting. Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Hiking Mt. Snowdon, in Wales… An Easier Alternative

  1. There is no view better in the world than the view from the top of Snowdon on a beautiful, clear day.
    I was rewarded with this following an ascent via the knife-edge ridge of Cryb Goch – which is definitely not for the faint of heart…
    Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed reading.

  2. Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in the local dialect also its never mount snowdon) is a great Mountain, Ive been up many times over the years. The Snowdon Horseshoe is a great route thatll take a good few hours. Also Snowdon isnt the highest in the UK that fall to Ben Nevis in Scotland, Snowdon is the highest in Wales 😀

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