Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass

The easiest way up Mount Snowdon


Route outline for walk gw100:

Pen-y-Pass  -  Pyg Track  -  Bwlch y Moch  -  Miners' Track  -  Snowdon Mountain Railway  -  Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)  -  Miners' Track  -  Pyg Track  -  Bwlch y Moch  -  Pen-y-Pass.



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

There is a 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- if you can find a space that is. You can buy tickets from the driver (Pen-y-Pass is pronounced 'Pen-uh-pass'). See The Snowdon Sherpa for details.

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.

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.

'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!


Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
1
Welsh
Mountain
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 Welsh Nuttall
1
Welsh
Nuttall
Dewey
0
Welsh
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Welsh
Marilyn
Bridget
0
Bridgets

Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) at 1085m (3561ft). Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (1st highest in Wales,Highest in England & Wales) Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (1st highest in Wales,Highest in England & Wales) and a Welsh Marilyn (1st highest in Wales, 43rd highest in the UK). Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) means 'The Burial Place' in Welsh and is pronounced 'ur-oo-ith-va'. The summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point. 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.

This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL17
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 115
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass

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Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - The Miners' Track from the PYG Track, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

The Miners' Track from the PYG Track, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Barry Lugg (17)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - On the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with Crib Goch (left) and Llyn Llydaw (right) in the background

On the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with Crib Goch (left) and Llyn Llydaw (right) in the background

Photo: Eric Sharp (1)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Snow on Y Lliwedd from the summit of Snowdon

Snow on Y Lliwedd from the summit of Snowdon

Photo: David Cartwright (7)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - On the summit of Mount Snowdon

On the summit of Mount Snowdon

Photo: John Cottle (2)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - The summit of Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

The summit of Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: David Wright (179)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Climbing the PYG Track up Mount Snowdon

Climbing the PYG Track up Mount Snowdon

Photo: Leslie Williams (4)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Llyn Llydaw from the summit of Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Llyn Llydaw from the summit of Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Andy Holliday (4)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Charlotte Drysdale (1)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - This is a pic of my boyfriend mounting the steps to the summit of Snowdon in rather foggy conditions!

This is a pic of my boyfriend mounting the steps to the summit of Snowdon in rather foggy conditions!

Photo: Emma Maudsley (1)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Me on top of snowdon, looking like a smurf

Me on top of snowdon, looking like a smurf

Photo: Christina Jones (2)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Photo: Richard Nicholls (12)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - The summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from the air

The summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from the air

Photo: Don Williams (11)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - My wife Donna near the top of Mount Snowdon

My wife Donna near the top of Mount Snowdon

Photo: Chris Pieper (1)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Me, my fella and two of the kids at the top of Snowdon

Me, my fella and two of the kids at the top of Snowdon

Photo: Christina Cooke (1)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - The top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is in sight!

The top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is in sight!

Photo: Laura Whitfield (1)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Glaslyn (bottom), Llyn Llydaw and Y Lliwedd (right) from the top of The PYG/Miners' Track, Snowdon

Glaslyn (bottom), Llyn Llydaw and Y Lliwedd (right) from the top of The PYG/Miners' Track, Snowdon

Photo: Peter Dryden (2)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Craig Fach, Llyn Llydaw (top) and Glaslyn (bottom) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Craig Fach, Llyn Llydaw (top) and Glaslyn (bottom) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Chris Player (10)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - At the top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with Kate, Ross and Robbie!

At the top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with Kate, Ross and Robbie!

Photo: Rosie Woodward (1)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - We made it! Sara and Tess on the summit of Snowdon

We made it! Sara and Tess on the summit of Snowdon

Photo: Leslie Williams (10)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Sheep on Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with the Snowdon Mountain Railway beyond

Sheep on Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with the Snowdon Mountain Railway beyond

Photo: Barry Lugg (19)


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