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