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

The longest but prettiest route up Snowdon


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 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!


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

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.

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Yr Aran at 747m (2452ft). Yr Aran is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (53rd highest in Wales, 124th highest in England & Wales) Yr Aran is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (65th highest in Wales, 151st highest in England & Wales) and a Welsh Marilyn (24th highest in Wales, 489th highest in the UK). Yr Aran means 'The Mountain' in Welsh and is pronounced 'ur-a-ran'. The summit of Yr Aran is marked by a cairn.

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 Bathania, Nantgwynant

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Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Jane, Holly, William and Gnasher Bishop on the top of Snowdon

Jane, Holly, William and Gnasher Bishop on the top of Snowdon

Photo: Andrew Worsey (1)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - The PYG Track and The Miners' Track, Craig Fach, Llyn Llydaw (top) and Glaslyn (bottom) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

The PYG Track and The Miners' Track, Craig Fach, Llyn Llydaw (top) and Glaslyn (bottom) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Chris Player (11)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Approaching Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Approaching Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Photo: Charlotte Drysdale (4)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Me on the summit of Snowdon

Me on the summit of Snowdon

Photo: David Bald (1)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - The South Ridge of Snowdon from The Watkin Path

The South Ridge of Snowdon from The Watkin Path

Photo: Don Williams (18)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Me at the top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) as part of my 3 Peaks Challenge

Me at the top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) as part of my 3 Peaks Challenge

Photo: Tim Williams (4)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - The final scree path up to the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from the Watkin Path on Bwlch Ciliau

The final scree path up to the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from the Watkin Path on Bwlch Ciliau

Photo: Gerald Murphy (3)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Me and my wife Emma at the top of Snowdon

Me and my wife Emma at the top of Snowdon

Photo: Stuart Edwards (3)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Me on Snowdon

Me on Snowdon

Photo: James Stenson (1)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Me, Paul and Andy on top of Snowdon

Me, Paul and Andy on top of Snowdon

Photo: Paul Taylor (1)

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

Snowdon from The Watkin Path

Photo: Mike Smart (8)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Near the summit of Mount Snowdon

Near the summit of Mount Snowdon

Photo: Mark Davies (10)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Friends on Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Friends on Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Jonathan Goddard (1)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - 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 gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - 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)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Me on the summit of Mount Snowdon

Me on the summit of Mount Snowdon

Photo: Heather Haigh (1)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - On the summit of Snowdon as part of a sponsored walk for Southmead Hospital, Bristol

On the summit of Snowdon as part of a sponsored walk for Southmead Hospital, Bristol

Photo: David Jefferies (2)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - 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 gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Photo: Charlotte Drysdale (5)

Walk gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Bathania, Nantgwynant - At the summit of Snowdon in March 2012

At the summit of Snowdon in March 2012

Photo: Nicola James (2)


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