Walk gw105 Snowdon via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant

Snowdon via The Watkin Path

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.

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!


Route outline for walk gw105:

- Nantgwynant  -   Bethania  -   Castell  -   Gladstone Rock  -   The Watkin Path  -   Bwlch Ciliau  -   Bwlch y Saethau  -   The Scree Path  -   Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)  -   The Scree Path  -   Bwlch y Saethau  -   Bwlch Ciliau  -   The Watkin Path  -   Gladstone Rock  -   Castell  -   Bethania  -   Nantgwynant.



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:

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

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 highest in Wales, 1st highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. ). Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (1st in Wales, 1st in England & Wales). Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is classified as a Marilyn (1st highest in Wales, 43rd highest in the UK).


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.


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 gw105 Snowdon via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant

In no particular order . . .

Llyn Padarn and Llanberis from Snowdon

Llyn Padarn and Llanberis from Snowdon

Photo: David Atherton (9)

Me on top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Me on top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Jenni Lynn (1)

On Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) summit

On Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) summit

Photo: Barry Lugg (20)

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)

Llyn Cwellyn and Mynydd Mawr (Llyn Cwellyn)  (centre left) and Moel Eilio (Llanberis) (far right) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Llyn Cwellyn and Mynydd Mawr (Llyn Cwellyn) (centre left) and Moel Eilio (Llanberis) (far right) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Cathy Crompton (2)

Moel Eilio rising above a temperature inversion from the Llanberis Path up Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Moel Eilio rising above a temperature inversion from the Llanberis Path up Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Steve Hitchman (2)

My husband on the summit of Snowdon

My husband on the summit of Snowdon

Photo: Elizabeth Kidger (1)

Vince Wetton on the PYG Track en-route to Snowdon<br>via Crib Goch in 2010

Vince Wetton on the PYG Track en-route to Snowdon
via Crib Goch in 2010

Photo: Robert Taylor-Marriott (1)

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

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

Photo: Barry Lugg (17)

Climbing Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) - with Glyder Fawr in the background

Climbing Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) - with Glyder Fawr in the background

Photo: Chris Mathieson (2)


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