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Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant

A walk in Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd, North Wales

The longest but prettiest route up Snowdon

Walk Route Summary:
- Nantgwynant, Bethania, Castell, Gladstone Rock, The Watkin Path, Bwlch Ciliau, Bwlch y Saethau, The Scree Path, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), Rydd Ddu Path, Clogwyn Du, Allt Maenderyn, Yr Aran, Clogwyn Birth, Nantgwynant.

Vital Statistics for this Walk

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Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant Nantgwynant, Bethania, Castell, Gladstone Rock, The Watkin Path, Bwlch Ciliau, Bwlch y Saethau, The Scree Path, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), Rydd Ddu Path, Clogwyn Du, Allt Maenderyn, Yr Aran, Clogwyn Birth, Nantgwynant The Snowdon Area,  Snowdonia National Park,  Gwynedd,  Wales

Y Lliwedd and the Watkin Path from Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
Photo: Will Caesar

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Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

The building on the summit of Snowdon (Hafod Eryri - The Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre and Cafe) is thought to be the home of the highest house mice in England and Wales!

The Watkin Path was started by Sir Edward Watkin, a 19th century railway entrepreneur, to connect his summer house in Nantgwynant to the summit of Snowdon. Prime Minister William Gladstone (aged 82) officially opened the (incomplete) Watkin Path from Gladstone Rock in 1892 and the National Trust finally completed the route in 2002 - some 110 years after it was first started.


Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) at 1085m (3561ft). Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is the highest point in the county of Gwynedd, the highest point in Snowdonia National Park and the highest point in England and Wales. Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (1st in Wales, 1st in England & Wales). Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (1st in Wales, 1st in England & Wales) and a Marilyn (1st in Wales, 43rd in the UK).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Yr Aran, 747m (2452ft). Yr Aran is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (54th in Wales, 125th in England & Wales). Yr Aran is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (65th in Wales, 151st in England & Wales) and a Marilyn (24th in Wales, 485th in the UK).

Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on this walk:

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2
Welsh
Mountains
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
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2
Welsh
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
Welsh
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
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2
Marilyns
Bridget
0
Bridgets

For more details about what constitutes a Mountain and Mountain & Hill Classifications see: Peaks & Mountains.

For more details about peak bagging and how to record your achievements see: Peak Bagging.


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More Photos and Pictures from Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant

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Nearing the summit of Mount Snowdon. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

1. Nearing the summit of Mount Snowdon
Photo: Mark Davies (9)


James, James Lawton and Pete on Snowdon. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

2. James, James Lawton and Pete on Snowdon
Photo: Brian Dexter (9)


ON the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

3. ON the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
Photo: David Jefferies (1)


Temperature Inversion from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

4. Temperature Inversion from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
Photo: Karen Harding (6)


Temperature Inversion seen from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

5. Temperature Inversion seen from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
Photo: Chris Ellis (1)


. . . round the other side of the cafe at the top of Snowdon. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

6. . . . round the other side of the cafe at the top of Snowdon
Photo: Oliver Hunter (2)


On the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with Crib Goch (left) and Llyn Llydaw (right) in the background. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

7. On the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with Crib Goch (left) and Llyn Llydaw (right) in the background
Photo: Eric Sharp (1)


At the summit of Snowdon in March 2012. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

8. At the summit of Snowdon in March 2012
Photo: Nicola James (2)


Llyn Cwellyn and Mynydd Mawr (Llyn Cwellyn)  (centre left) and Moel Eilio (Llanberis) (far right) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

9. Llyn Cwellyn and Mynydd Mawr (Llyn Cwellyn) (centre left) and Moel Eilio (Llanberis) (far right) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
Photo: Cathy Crompton (2)


Climbing Snowdon. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

10. Climbing Snowdon
Photo: David Atherton (1)



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