On a sunny day in September four of us took a trip up Snowdon. Here’s how it went…
It was a great day for a trip up Snowdon: bright, sunny and warm, without too much cloud to obscure the wonderful views we knew we’d get once we reached the summit. As you can see from the video, though, we wrapped up warmly in clothing suitable for the weather at the top of the mountain; even in June it’s been known to snow on Snowdon’s summit, so we weren’t taking any chances!
We met up at the bus stop in the centre of Llanberis, where we caught the Sherpa service. This handy bus service takes you through the village of Nant Peris and the Llanberis Pass, before delivering you at Pen y Pass where there’s a hostel, parking (should you decide to drive instead of taking the bus), an information point and, crucially, public toilets – very handy before the next stage of the trip!
From Pen y Pass we had the choice of taking either the Miners Track or the Pyg Track, the latter also taking you towards Crib Goch. We decided the Miners Track would be best for us, because we wanted to walk along Llyn Llydaw and later, higher up, Llyn Glaslyn. This walk along the eastern flanks of Snowdon is pretty spectacular – but then, aren’t they all?
We all agreed that one of the highlights of walking on the Miners Track was passing through ‘the Cwm’ – ‘the valley’ – because, standing in the middle of it you get an amazing view looking up towards Snowdon’s peak, with Crib Goch and Garnedd Ugain to your right, and Lliwedd to your left – just superb! Looking back you can see down Dyffryn Mymbyr towards Moel Siabod and it’s simply gorgeous.
We walked to the end of Llyn Llydaw and then started the climb up towards Llyn Glaslyn. From here the ascent to Bwlch Glas – a pass between Garnedd Ugain and Snowdon’s peak – was pretty steep, so we were glad to reach the summit about 15 minutes later.
At the summit – after a cuppa at the cafe at Hafod Eryri, as all that walking is thirsty work – we drank again, but this time it was the views we were drinking in. We had a 360 degree view of the area and ‘stunning’ doesn’t begin to describe what we saw! Towards the west we saw Mynydd Mawr and Crib Nantlle, with Caernarfon in the distance. To the north east we saw Y Glyderau and Y Carneddau, and to the south was Moel Hebog.
For the return journey we decided to take the Llanberis Path. This is a long walk, at six miles in length, but it’s a gentler gradient than Miners Track, and as it follows the railway line for most of the way it’s pretty easy going. Along the way we passed Clogwyn Station and enjoyed more great views, this time up towards Moel Cynghorion and Moel Eilio on our left and Y Garn and Elidir Fawr on the right. We also got a good view of the route our bus had taken on the way up!
We didn’t stop at the Halfway House cafe, nor at the Penceunant Isaf cafe a little further along the path on a little country road that took us back into Llanberis. But there were plenty of other walkers taking advantage of the opportunity to refresh themselves, and perhaps next time we’ll join them!
From here the descent became quite steep, but it’s a good tarmac road so the going wasn’t too tough. Before long we were back on the flat streets of Llanberis, and within five minutes we were back at the bus stop ready to catch our buses home.
Understandably, Snowdon is very popular with walkers of all ages and abilities. If you’ve never walked up Snowdon before, we can’t recommend it highly enough – but please, if you do decide to walk one of the six official paths up the mountain, make sure you’re properly equipped for the weather. You can find out more about walking safely on Snowdonia’s mountains by visiting this link .