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 . . .

View back down the South Ridge to Yr Aran from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

View back down the South Ridge to Yr Aran from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (11)

Temperature inversion from the summit of Ben Ledi in the snow

Temperature inversion from the summit of Ben Ledi in the snow

Photo: Hazel Pyper (2)

Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon

Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon

Photo: David Atherton (7)

Brassington Church

Brassington Church

Photo: David Dayton (29)

Myself in September on the final approach to Snowdon summit via the Rhyd Ddu path

Myself in September on the final approach to Snowdon summit via the Rhyd Ddu path

Photo: Patrick Craven (1)

My son in law Mark waking up on the top of Snowdon with fabulous clouds down below

My son in law Mark waking up on the top of Snowdon with fabulous clouds down below

Photo: Eve Conner (1)

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Photo: Charlotte Drysdale (5)

Llyn Ogwen and Nant y Benglog from Pen yr Ole Wen

Llyn Ogwen and Nant y Benglog from Pen yr Ole Wen

Photo: Will Caesar (11)

Pete and Andy on Ben Nevis during the Three Peaks Challenge

Pete and Andy on Ben Nevis during the Three Peaks Challenge

Photo: Andy Brown (8)

My mountain dog Degla, admiring the view (near the top of the PYG/Miners' Track) off Mount Snowdon

My mountain dog Degla, admiring the view (near the top of the PYG/Miners' Track) off Mount Snowdon

Photo: Emma Thorncroft (1)


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