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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Mountain
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 Welsh Nuttall
1
Welsh
Nuttall
Dewey
1
Welsh
Dewey
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
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Marilyn
Bridget
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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 Craig Fach at 609m (1999ft). Craig Fach is also known as a Welsh Dewey (2nd highest in Wales, 3rd in England & Wales) Craig Fach means 'Small Crag' in Welsh and is pronounced 'cry-g vacht'.

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)


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Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - At the summit of Snowdon in March 2012

At the summit of Snowdon in March 2012

Photo: Nicola James (2)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Me and my wife on Mount Snowdon

Me and my wife on Mount Snowdon

Photo: Ian Miller (1)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Wild goats on the PYG Track

Wild goats on the PYG Track

Photo: Gemma Bason (2)

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

On Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Maria Hackett (1)

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

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

Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon

Photo: David Atherton (7)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - On the Pyg track heading for Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

On the Pyg track heading for Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Richard Nicholls (10)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Three of my work colleagues at the top of Snowdon

Three of my work colleagues at the top of Snowdon

Photo: Oliver Hunter (1)

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

Llanberis from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Barry Lugg (16)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - The Pyg Track is this way!

The Pyg Track is this way!

Photo: Mark Davies (3)

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

Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Mick Coxon (3)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Homeward Bound from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) via the South Ridge

Homeward Bound from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) via the South Ridge

Photo: Gerald Murphy (13)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Temperature inversion seen from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Temperature inversion seen from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Charles Brown (2)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - The viewpoint plaque on the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

The viewpoint plaque on the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (10)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - The Pyg Track route up Mount Snowdon from Pen-y-Pass

The Pyg Track route up Mount Snowdon from Pen-y-Pass

Photo: Mark Davies (5)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - 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 gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Looking back to Pen-y-Pass from the PYG Track up Mount Snowdon

Looking back to Pen-y-Pass from the PYG Track up Mount Snowdon

Photo: Leslie Williams (5)

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

Climbing Snowdon

Photo: David Atherton (1)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - My daughter and I on top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

My daughter and I on top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Sheila Shepheard (1)

Walk gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass - Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon

Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon

Photo: David Atherton (8)


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