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

The longest but prettiest route up Snowdon

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 gw117:

- 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.



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
2
Welsh
Mountains
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 Welsh Nuttalls
2
Welsh
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
Welsh
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
2
Welsh
Marilyns
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).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Yr Aran, 747m (2452ft). Yr Aran is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (54th highest in Wales, 125th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. ). Yr Aran is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (65th in Wales, 151st in England & Wales). Yr Aran is classified as a Marilyn (24th highest in Wales, 485th 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 gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant

In no particular order . . .

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)

The last of the National 3 Peaks 24hr Challenge before descending to finish in 23 hours 45 minutes. <br>What a tight finish, just time for this photo!

The last of the National 3 Peaks 24hr Challenge before descending to finish in 23 hours 45 minutes.
What a tight finish, just time for this photo!

Photo: Wayne Hill (94)

On the Watkin Path enroute to Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

On the Watkin Path enroute to Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Christine Jeffries (1)

The Cantilever Stone near summit of Glyder Fach

The Cantilever Stone near summit of Glyder Fach

Photo: Chris Clarke (2)

On Crib Goch

On Crib Goch

Photo: Charles Brown (3)

Llyn Llydaw and Y Lliwedd from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Llyn Llydaw and Y Lliwedd from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Chris Player (14)

Me on the summit of Snowdon

Me on the summit of Snowdon

Photo: David Bald (1)

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)

Sam with Adam and Eve at the summit of Tryfan

Sam with Adam and Eve at the summit of Tryfan

Photo: Stephen Cooper (2)

The Snowdon Mountain Railway with Llyn Padarn and Llanberis beyond

The Snowdon Mountain Railway with Llyn Padarn and Llanberis beyond

Photo: Ian Lilley (6)


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