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 - On the Pyg track heading for Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

On the Pyg track heading for Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Richard Nicholls (10)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Y Lliwedd from the Pyg Track path on the lower slopes of Crib Goch

Y Lliwedd from the Pyg Track path on the lower slopes of Crib Goch

Photo: David Cochrane (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 - Falling off Snowdon with The Miners' Track and Llyn Llydaw beyond

Falling off Snowdon with The Miners' Track and Llyn Llydaw beyond

Photo: Dade Murphy (1)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Llyn Llydaw with Y Lliwedd beyond from Bwlch y Moch

Llyn Llydaw with Y Lliwedd beyond from Bwlch y Moch

Photo: Will Caesar (5)

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

Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Mick Coxon (3)

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

Approaching Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Photo: Charlotte Drysdale (3)

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 - Llyn Padarn and Llanberis from Snowdon

Llyn Padarn and Llanberis from Snowdon

Photo: David Atherton (9)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Three of my work colleagues at the top of Snowdon

Three of my work colleagues at the top of Snowdon

Photo: Oliver Hunter (1)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Andy Brown on Snowdon during the Three Peaks Challenge

Andy Brown on Snowdon during the Three Peaks Challenge

Photo: Andy Brown (7)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - A snowy day up Snowdon

A snowy day up Snowdon

Photo: Sion Williams (1)

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

Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: David Cochrane (2)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Me and Janine on our way up Snowdon

Me and Janine on our way up Snowdon

Photo: Christina Jones (1)

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)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - It's a bit foggy but here is a photo of me and our little hiking Jack Russell at the top of Snowdon :)

It's a bit foggy but here is a photo of me and our little hiking Jack Russell at the top of Snowdon :)

Photo: Cheeta Lagas (1)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - The summit of Snowdon in the clouds from the top of the PYG Track

The summit of Snowdon in the clouds from the top of the PYG Track

Photo: Rob Barklamb (52)

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

The summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (9)

Walk gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen-y-Pass - Roman standing in the summit of Craig Fach with Glyder Fawr forming the horizon

Roman standing in the summit of Craig Fach with Glyder Fawr forming the horizon

Photo: Leslie Williams (7)

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

Me at the summit of Snowdon

Photo: Gary Daluzvieira (1)


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