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“Beautiful” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Snowdon

Snowdon
Snowdonia National Park LL55 4TY, Wales
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Type: Mountains, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
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Owner description: The highest mountain in Wales (higher than any in England) at 3,560 feet.
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Worth the visit. This is where Sir Edmond Hillary trained for the first climb of Everest. Beautiful place, and can change weather in a heartbeat..

Visited June 2012
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“my hike to hell and back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

My husband thought he would get me to do something id never done to make my birthday extra special...he certainly did

Visited October 2012
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“A mountain for everyone and for all seasons”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa): Go up or down on the train, take the Llanberis path which sort of follows the railway, or choose one of the Watkin, Pyg, Miners, Rhyd Ddu or Snowdon Ranger paths. However, the one most people rave about is the Snowdon Horseshoe taking in Crib Goch - and rightfully so because it's a cracker.

Park at Pen-y-pass if you can but note it's £10 per day to park. Otherwise park in the pass (free) or on really busy days at Nant Peris and catch the bus back to Pen-y-pass. Follow the Pyg Track until Snowdon and Llyn Llydaw come into view and then turn steeply uphill to the right by some wooden posts allowing the less adventurous to follow the Pyg along the valley.

Things get steeper after a short distance and there are lots of scrambling routes which converge on the high point of the ridge which then stretches before you in a crenellated whaleback. Tiptoe along the ridge (or crawl if conditions dictate) and get your hands on the excellent rock at the pinnacled sections. After the lowest part, the ridge scrambling continues over Crib y Ddysgl to the trig point on Carnedd Ugain. Stroll around the head of the cwm and join the Llanberis path to the top of Snowdon.

Finish the day by walking down the opposite ridge to a tall stone where the path drops and then rises again to more scrambling over the twin peaks of Y Lliwedd, the beautiful hill that you could see from Crib Goch. You can then drop down to the lake and follow the Miners' Track back to Pen-y-pass.

In good conditions this scrambly walk makes a grand day for the sure-footed with a reasonable head for heights, although having the right kit and knowing how to use it is a given. In full winter conditions it is a great outing for your crampons and ice axe. Ice, wind and driving rain make things a less pleasant and a good deal hairier.

If you crave even steeper ground, climbing the Clogwyn y Person Arete is a bit more serious for the competent scrambler and allows you to tackle Crib Goch in "reverse" afterwards. Serious climbers will head for the many famous cliffs from Dinas Mot to the legendary Clogwyn Du'r Arddu.

But every route has it's charm and you can combine them to suit yourself. I've always fancied a leisurely outing staring with breakfast in the Pen-y-Gwyrd or Pen-y-pass cafe, lunch at the Hafod Eryri cafe at the top of Snowdon and then a slap-up tea at the fantastic Pete's Eats in Llanberis. One of these days....

Visited November 2012
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“Gob smacking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Journey up was brilliant but icing on the cake was being at the top! It's a must do. Very cold up there but the most amazing views and an incredible feeling of being on top of the world. Can't recommend it enough.
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Visited November 2012
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“Second time to the summit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Made a last minute ascent via the Pyg track and descent via the Miners path. Clear day so brilliant views from the summit. Visited mid/late Friday afternoon and almost had the mountain to ourselves. Brilliant

Visited September 2012
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