Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass

The shortest way up Wales' highest


Route outline for walk gw134:

Pen y Pass  -  Pyg Track  -  Bwlch y Moch  -  Craig Fach  -  Miners' Track  -  Snowdon Mountain Railway  -  Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)  -  Miners' Track  -  Glaslyn  -  Llyn Llydaw  -  Pen y Pass.



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

There is a Snowdon Sherpa bus service that links all the main car parks and starting points for the main routes up Snowdon - including Pen y Pass - and the fare is cheaper than parking for the day at Pen y Pass- if you can find a space that is. You can buy tickets from the driver (Pen y Pass is pronounced 'Pen-uh-pass'). See The Snowdon Sherpa for details.

The final push onto the summit ridge is very steep and often has a large snow cornice quite late into Spring. It can be extremely dangerous for the ill equipped.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is the only rack railway in Great Britain. It was opened in April 1896 and has been ferrying people to the summit of Snowdon ever since. To date, the Snowdon Mountain Railway has suffered only one fatality.On the day it opened one of the engines briefly lost control near the summit, tempting a passenger to leap from the train. He died from injuries.

'Pyg' (as in Pyg Track) is and abbreviation for Pen y Gwryd - the hotel at the bottom of the pass.

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:

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1
Welsh
Mountain
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 Welsh Nuttall
1
Welsh
Nuttall
Dewey
1
Welsh
Dewey
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Welsh
Marilyn
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 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,Highest in England & Wales). Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (1st highest in Wales,Highest in England & Wales). Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is also classified as a Welsh Marilyn (1st highest in Wales, 43rd highest in the UK).

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Craig Fach at 609m (1999ft). Craig Fach is also known as a Welsh Dewey (2nd highest in Wales, 4th in England & Wales)

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 gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass

In no particular order . . .

My sister on the Miners' Track up Snowdon with Glaslyn in the background

My sister on the Miners' Track up Snowdon with Glaslyn in the background

Photo: Jackie Lucas (2)

Approaching Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Approaching Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit

Photo: Charlotte Drysdale (4)

On the Pyg Track

On the Pyg Track

Photo: Ian Lilley (9)

Roman standing in the summit of Craig Fach with Glyder Fawr forming the horizon

Roman standing in the summit of Craig Fach with Glyder Fawr forming the horizon

Photo: Leslie Williams (7)

Glaslyn (front) and Llyn Llydaw with The Pyg Track (far left) and the Miners' Track (centre left) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

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)

Temperature inversion seen from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Temperature inversion seen from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Charles Brown (2)

A snowy day up Snowdon

A snowy day up Snowdon

Photo: Sion Williams (1)

Me at the top of Snowdon

Me at the top of Snowdon

Photo: Sallyanne Rose (1)

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)

We made it! Sara and Tess on the summit of Snowdon

We made it! Sara and Tess on the summit of Snowdon

Photo: Leslie Williams (10)


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