Walk gw140 Snowdon via The Rhyd Ddu Path

An alternative route up Wales' highest

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 his injuries.


Route outline for walk gw140:

- Rhyd Ddu  -   The Rhyd Ddu Path  -   Pen Ar Lon  -   Llechog  -   Bwlch Main  -   Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)  -   Bwlch Main  -   Llechog  -   Pen Ar Lon  -   The Rhyd Ddu Path  -   Rhyd Ddu  -  .



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!


Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
1
Welsh
Mountain
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 Welsh Nuttalls
2
Welsh
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
Welsh
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Welsh
Marilyn
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 Llechog, 718m (2356ft). Llechog is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (79th in Wales, 190th in England & Wales).


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 gw140 Snowdon via The Rhyd Ddu Path

In no particular order . . .

Mynydd Mawr (Llyn Cwellyn)  (left), Llyn Cwellyn, Moel Eilio (Llanberis) (right) and Foel Gron (far right) from the Rhyd Ddu path

Mynydd Mawr (Llyn Cwellyn) (left), Llyn Cwellyn, Moel Eilio (Llanberis) (right) and Foel Gron (far right) from the Rhyd Ddu path

Photo: Don Williams (16)

Llyn Padarn and Llanberis from Snowdon

Llyn Padarn and Llanberis from Snowdon

Photo: David Atherton (9)

The view from Mount Snowdon with a touch of hoar frost on the grass making them into white ribbons

The view from Mount Snowdon with a touch of hoar frost on the grass making them into white ribbons

Photo: Pauline Styles (1)

Moel Cynghorion from the Llanberis path

Moel Cynghorion from the Llanberis path

Photo: Richard Nicholls (14)

On Crib Goch

On Crib Goch

Photo: Charles Brown (3)

My family climbing Snowdon!

My family climbing Snowdon!

Photo: Donna Taylor (1)

On the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

On the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Eric Sharp (2)

This is a pic of my boyfriend mounting the steps to the summit of Snowdon in rather foggy conditions!

This is a pic of my boyfriend mounting the steps to the summit of Snowdon in rather foggy conditions!

Photo: Emma Maudsley (1)

Descending the Pyg Track, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Descending the Pyg Track, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Charlotte Drysdale (7)

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)


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