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Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass

A walk in Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd, North Wales

A classic!

Walk Route Summary:
- Pen y Pass, Pyg Track, Bwlch y Moch, Craig Fach, Crib Goch, Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl), Snowdon Mountain Railway, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), The Scree Path, Bwlch y Saethau, Bwlch Ciliau, Y Lliwedd, Y Lliwedd (East Top), Lliwedd Bach, Gallt y Wenallt, Afon Glaslyn, Miners' Track, Pen y Pass.

Vital Statistics for this Walk

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Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass Pen y Pass, Pyg Track, Bwlch y Moch, Craig Fach, Crib Goch, Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl), Snowdon Mountain Railway, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), The Scree Path, Bwlch y Saethau, Bwlch Ciliau, Y Lliwedd, Y Lliwedd (East Top), Lliwedd Bach, Gallt y Wenallt, Afon Glaslyn, Miners' Track, Pen y Pass The Snowdon Area,  Snowdonia National Park,  Gwynedd,  Wales

Me on Crib Goch (en-route to Snowdon)
Photo: Andrew Batchelder

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Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

There is a park and ride service to Pen y Pass from Nant Peris (to the west towards Llanberis) and Penygwrd (to the east towards Capel Curig & Beddgelert) every Saturday from Easter Saturday to the last Saturday in October 2016.

There is also the Snowdon Sherpa bus service that links all the main car parks and starting points for the main routes up Snowdon - including Pen y Pass - and the fare is cheaper than parking for the day at Pen y Pass (10/day in 2016) - if you can find a space that is. You can buy tickets from the driver (Pen y Pass is pronounced 'Pen-uh-pass').

The final push onto the summit ridge is very steep and often has a large snow cornice quite late into Spring. It can be extremely dangerous for the ill equipped.

'Pyg' (as in Pyg Track) is and abbreviation for Pen y Gwryd - the hotel at the bottom of the pass.

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 Crib Goch ridge is not for the faint hearted. It is very exposed and airy in places and can be extremely dangerous - particularly in adverse weather conditions.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is the only rack railway in Great Britain. It was opened in April 1896 and has been ferrying people to the summit of Snowdon ever since. To date, the Snowdon Mountain Railway has suffered only one fatality.On the day it opened one of the engines briefly lost control near the summit, tempting a passenger to leap from the train. He died from injuries.

Note: The descent from Gallt y Wenallt to Afon Glaslyn is down very steep grass and can be dangerous. In wet weather descend N from point 6 to join and follow the Miners' Track back to Pen y Pass (see walk gw198 for route details).


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 Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl), 1066m (3499ft). Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (2nd in Wales, 2nd in England & Wales). Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (2nd in Wales, 2nd in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Crib Goch, 923m (3029ft). Crib Goch is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (14th in Wales, 20th in England & Wales). Crib Goch is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (15th in Wales, 23rd in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag Y Lliwedd, 898m (2947ft) - a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (17th Wal, 26th Eng & Wal), a Welsh Nuttall (18th Wal, 29th Eng & Wal) and a Marilyn (8th Wal, 238th in the UK); Y Lliwedd (East Top) 893m (2931ft) - a Welsh Nuttall (20th Wal, 32nd Eng & Wal); Lliwedd Bach 818m (2685ft) - a Welsh Nuttall (37th Wal, 78th Eng & Wal); Gallt y Wenallt 619m (2032ft) - a Welsh Nuttall (175th Wal, 414th Eng & Wal) and Craig Fach 609m (1999ft) - a Welsh Dewey (2nd in Wal, 4th Eng & Wal).

Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on this walk:

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4
Welsh
Mountains
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
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7
Welsh
Nuttalls
Dewey
1
Welsh
Dewey
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
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 gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass

In no particular order . . .

On the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with Crib Goch (left) and Llyn Llydaw (right) in the background. Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass photo

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


Me on the Miners' Track up Snowdon. Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass photo

2. Me on the Miners' Track up Snowdon
Photo: Christopher Edwards (1)


Llanberis from Pen y Pass. Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass photo

3. Llanberis from Pen y Pass
Photo: Richard Nicholls (9)


The Pyg Track on the way up Mount Snowdon. Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass photo

4. The Pyg Track on the way up Mount Snowdon
Photo: Mark Davies (4)


Russ on the top of Crib Goch. Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass photo

5. Russ on the top of Crib Goch
Photo: Clare Howard (18)


Glaslyn, Llyn Llydaw and Y Lliwedd from the Miners' Track near the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass photo

6. Glaslyn, Llyn Llydaw and Y Lliwedd from the Miners' Track near the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
Photo: Barry Lugg (15)


The expeditionists - Tess, Andy, Roman, Sara and Nell take a well-earned break whilst climbing Snowdon via the PYG Track. Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass photo

7. The expeditionists - Tess, Andy, Roman, Sara and Nell take a well-earned break whilst climbing Snowdon via the PYG Track
Photo: Leslie Williams (9)


Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Y Lliwedd. Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass photo

8. Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Y Lliwedd
Photo: Don Williams (12)


My wife Donna near the top of Mount Snowdon. Walk route map gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass photo

9. My wife Donna near the top of Mount Snowdon
Photo: Chris Pieper (1)


The awe inspiring view from Snowdon

10. The awe inspiring view from Snowdon's summit featuring Llyn Llydaw with Carnedd Moel Siabod beyond
Photo: Andy Haynes (2)



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