Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass

A classic - but Crib Goch is not for the faint hearted!


Route outline for walk gw136:

Pen y Pass  -  Pyg Track  -  Bwlch y Moch  -  Craig Fach  -  Crib Goch  -  Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl)  -  Snowdon Mountain Railway  -  Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)  -  The Scree Path  -  Bwlch y Saethau  -  Bwlch Ciliau  -  Y Lliwedd  -  Y Lliwedd (East Top)  -  Lliwedd Bach  -  Gallt y Wenallt  -  Afon Glaslyn  -  Miners' Track  -  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 Crib Goch ridge is not for the faint hearted. It is very exposed and airy in places and can be extremely dangerous - particularly in adverse weather conditions.

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.

Note: The descent from Gallt y Wenallt to Afon Glaslyn is down very steep grass and can be dangerous. In wet weather descend N from point 6 to join and follow the Miners' Track back to Pen y Pass (see walk gw198 for route details).

'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:

hewitt
4
Welsh
Mountains
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 Welsh Nuttalls
7
Welsh
Nuttalls
Dewey
1
Welsh
Dewey
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 Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) at 1066m (3499ft). Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (2nd highest in Wales, 2nd highest in England & Wales) Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (2nd highest in Wales, 2nd highest in England & Wales). Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) means 'Dish Ridge' in Welsh and is pronounced 'kreeb ee thysgl'. The summit of Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.

You will also reach the summit of Crib Goch at 923m (3029ft). Crib Goch is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (14th highest in Wales, 20th highest in England & Wales) Crib Goch is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (15th highest in Wales, 23rd highest in England & Wales). Crib Goch means 'Red Ridge' in Welsh and is pronounced 'kreeb g-och'. The summit of Crib Goch is marked by a rocky outcrop.

Along the way you will also bag:

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 gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass

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Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit Cafe

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Summit Cafe

Photo: Richard Nicholls (13)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Cwm Llan and Yr Aran (right - in shadow) from Bwlch y Saethau on the upper slopes of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Cwm Llan and Yr Aran (right - in shadow) from Bwlch y Saethau on the upper slopes of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Tom Shaw (6)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - The Car Park Charges board at Pen y Pass

The Car Park Charges board at Pen y Pass

Photo: Mark Davies (1)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - On Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) summit - the 2nd highest mountain in Wales

On Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) summit - the 2nd highest mountain in Wales

Photo: Adam Coleman (1)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Llyn Cwellyn and Mynydd Mawr (Llyn Cwellyn)  (centre left) and Moel Eilio (Llanberis) (far right) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Llyn Cwellyn and Mynydd Mawr (Llyn Cwellyn) (centre left) and Moel Eilio (Llanberis) (far right) from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Cathy Crompton (2)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Glas Llyn from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Glas Llyn from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: George White (1)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Snow on Y Lliwedd from the summit of Snowdon

Snow on Y Lliwedd from the summit of Snowdon

Photo: David Cartwright (7)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Temerature Inversion from Crib Goch

Temerature Inversion from Crib Goch

Photo: Charles Brown (5)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - My wife Donna near the top of Mount Snowdon

My wife Donna near the top of Mount Snowdon

Photo: Chris Pieper (1)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Llyn-y-Gadar (right) beyond the Rydd Ddu Path/Lechlog ridge from the summit of Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Llyn-y-Gadar (right) beyond the Rydd Ddu Path/Lechlog ridge from the summit of Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Steve Sides (1)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Crib Goch (centre right) with the PYG Track (mid path) and the Miners' Track (coming up the valley) seen from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Crib Goch (centre right) with the PYG Track (mid path) and the Miners' Track (coming up the valley) seen from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Hazel Pyper (3)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Ruin on the Miners' Track, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Ruin on the Miners' Track, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Barry Lugg (14)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - The Johnson-Holme Family on the summit of Mount Snowdon

The Johnson-Holme Family on the summit of Mount Snowdon

Photo: Manda Johnson-Holme (1)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Cardigan Bay from Snowdon summit

Cardigan Bay from Snowdon summit

Photo: David Cartwright (8)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) and Llyn Gaslyn from Crib Goch

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) and Llyn Gaslyn from Crib Goch

Photo: Lestyn Foster (1)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Me at the top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) a couple of months back

Me at the top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) a couple of months back

Photo: John Cottle (1)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Friends climbing Snowdon

Friends climbing Snowdon

Photo: Nick Hopkins (1)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Clare on the summit of Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl)

Clare on the summit of Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl)

Photo: Clare Howard (20)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon

Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon

Photo: David Atherton (7)

Walk gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass - . . . round the other side of the cafe at the top of Snowdon

. . . round the other side of the cafe at the top of Snowdon

Photo: Oliver Hunter (2)


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