Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass

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


Route outline for walk gw198:

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  -  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.

'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
6
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 gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass

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Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Me on the summit of Mount Snowdon

Me on the summit of Mount Snowdon

Photo: Heather Haigh (1)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Mount Snowdon through a gap in the mist from Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl)

Mount Snowdon through a gap in the mist from Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl)

Photo: Robert Thomas (1)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Glaslyn (bottom left) and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Crib Goch in the snow

Glaslyn (bottom left) and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Crib Goch in the snow

Photo: Charles Brown (11)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Bwlch Ciliau, Y Lliwedd Bach and Y Lliwedd from the Finger Post at top of Scree Path near the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Bwlch Ciliau, Y Lliwedd Bach and Y Lliwedd from the Finger Post at top of Scree Path near the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (12)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Llyn Llydaw from The Watkin Path route up Mount Snowdon

Llyn Llydaw from The Watkin Path route up Mount Snowdon

Photo: Paul Hancock (5)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - The Miners' Track from the PYG Track, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

The Miners' Track from the PYG Track, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Barry Lugg (17)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Temperature inversion seen from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Temperature inversion seen from Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Charles Brown (2)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Cnicht (left) and Y Lliwedd poking through a Temerature Inversion seen from Crib Goch

Cnicht (left) and Y Lliwedd poking through a Temerature Inversion seen from Crib Goch

Photo: Charles Brown (6)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - On Crib Goch

On Crib Goch

Photo: Charles Brown (3)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Craig Fach, Llyn Llydaw and Carnedd Moel Siabod from the Watkin Path on Bwlch Ciliau

Craig Fach, Llyn Llydaw and Carnedd Moel Siabod from the Watkin Path on Bwlch Ciliau

Photo: Gerald Murphy (5)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - The Pyg Track Information Board

The Pyg Track Information Board

Photo: Mark Davies (2)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - The summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

The summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (9)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Crib Goch

Crib Goch

Photo: David Hands (1)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Carnedd Moel Siabod (left, distance) and Llyn Llydaw from the top of Crib Goch

Carnedd Moel Siabod (left, distance) and Llyn Llydaw from the top of Crib Goch

Photo: Clare Howard (19)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Crib Goch in the snow

Crib Goch in the snow

Photo: Charles Brown (7)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Llyn Llydaw from Bwlch y Moch

Llyn Llydaw from Bwlch y Moch

Photo: Tim Hulse (1)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) 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 gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - Me on the Miners' Track up Snowdon

Me on the Miners' Track up Snowdon

Photo: Christopher Edwards (1)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - On Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) summit

On Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) summit

Photo: Barry Lugg (20)

Walk gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass - On the Pyg Track

On the Pyg Track

Photo: Ian Lilley (7)


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