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

A walk in Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd, North Wales

The longest but prettiest route up Snowdon

Walk Route Summary:

- 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.

Vital Statistics for this Walk

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Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant 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 The Snowdon Area,  Snowdonia National Park,  Gwynedd,  Wales

Y Lliwedd and the Watkin Path from Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
Photo: Will Caesar

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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:

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 Yr Aran, 747m (2452ft). Yr Aran is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (54th in Wales, 125th in England & Wales). Yr Aran is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (65th in Wales, 151st in England & Wales) and a Marilyn (24th in Wales, 485th in the UK).

Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on 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
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 gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant

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On the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with Y Lliwedd in the background. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

1. On the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with Y Lliwedd in the background
Photo: Tom Shaw (8)


Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

2. Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
Photo: David Cochrane (2)


Myself, Willo, Barnsey and Mark at the top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) in September!. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

3. Myself, Willo, Barnsey and Mark at the top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) in September!
Photo: Steve Hitchman (1)


Snowdon from The Watkin Path. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

4. Snowdon from The Watkin Path
Photo: Mike Smart (8)


Glaslyn (front) and Llyn Llydaw with The Pyg Track (far left) and the Miners' Track (centre left) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

5. Glaslyn (front) and Llyn Llydaw with The Pyg Track (far left) and the Miners' Track (centre left) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
Photo: Cathy Crompton (3)


. . . round the other side of the cafe at the top of Snowdon. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

6. . . . round the other side of the cafe at the top of Snowdon
Photo: Oliver Hunter (2)


My big sister Louise and my brother-in-law Dave at the top of Snowdon last September. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

7. My big sister Louise and my brother-in-law Dave at the top of Snowdon last September
Photo: Nicola Shipston (1)


Crib Goch from the Watkin Path on Bwlch Ciliau. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

8. Crib Goch from the Watkin Path on Bwlch Ciliau
Photo: Gerald Murphy (7)


Me, Paul and Andy on top of Snowdon. Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

9. Me, Paul and Andy on top of Snowdon
Photo: Paul Taylor (1)


Cwm Llan and Yr Aran (right - in shadow) from Bwlch y Saethau on the upper slopes of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). Walk route map gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant photo

10. Cwm Llan and Yr Aran (right - in shadow) from Bwlch y Saethau on the upper slopes of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)
Photo: Tom Shaw (6)



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