Snowdon

Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park: Hours, Address, Snowdon Reviews: 5/5

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The highest mountain in Wales (higher than any in England) at 3,560 feet.
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Zahia
London, UK34 contributions
Family
First time walking up Snowdon, so I wanted to try two different routes. We parked at Llanberis (£11 for a day) and took the bus to Pyg (£3 single ticket). Walking Pyg was great! It was challenging in places and involved a bit of scrambling over rocks, but it was a very exciting hike and the views of the lake were stunning. I would say that this route was moderate difficulty and that having some level of moderate fitness is ideal. I climbed with my mum (51y/o) so we took it easy and had some rest stops, but we still managed to climb to the top in about 3.5 hours. At the top there was a long queue to the platform, which we didn't wait for. The cafe was also closed, and it looked like the train wasn't going to the top either. Since it was very cloudy, we didn't see much from the top, but it was very ethereal and we were just glad to have reached the summit. We decided to take the Llanberis track down. It was nice to experience another side to the mountain, but the Llanberis track was very long and quite steep in places (killer for the knees), which wasn't overly enjoyable. I'm glad we experienced both tracks, but I'd probably try taking Miners down if I go again. Overall, we had a great time and would definitely do it again!
Written June 5, 2022
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stebren1
Manchester, UK3 contributions
Family
We arrived early about 08:30 and Pen Y Pass car park was already full so used “park and ride” which was £5 to park and I think £3.00 return for bus each. I used debit card to pay for car park and bus. This was my son’s first time climbing Snowdon and we both had correct gear including hiking boots, trousers, ruck sacks and fleece. In the ruck sack we had a coat, food and water.
The weather was expected to be good and we had layers as anticipated it could get cold as we went higher. We took our fleece off as we climbed as It quickly got warm.
I didn’t have a map or compass but researched to see there were approximately 6 routes up and we decided to go via Pyg. When you get to Pen Y Pass car park it’s well sign posted with lots of people doing the route which is relatively easy to follow. When we were climbing there were lots of families doing it. As you get nearer the top you need to climb a bit (using hands and feet) but not too scary and my son managed it no problem and many young children enjoying it as well. It was a really good experience and my son enjoyed climbing it. As you get tired or need a drink just move to one side and let people pass.
When we reached the top there was a queue to reach the summit which moved fairly quickly approx 20 minutes wait but as we’d gone this far we wanted to get a photo at the summit.
On the way down we reached a large rock and noticed another path going down. From researching I knew this was the Miners path which was a steeper drop but then was smoother and brought you alongside a lake so we took this route. It involved more scrambling initially going down and then levelled out. We both managed it fine. It gave us a different experience and lovely scenery or you could go back via Pyg. If we found it difficult going up we planned to use Llanberis route back as easiest route but it wasn’t necessary.

When we got to Pen Y Pass car park there was a bus and we got on (no waiting). We were both tired and the bus being there was much appreciated.

Overall we thought climbing Snowdon was a very good experience and achievement and one worth doing! My son really enjoyed it!
Written July 31, 2020
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Martin631
Plymouth17 contributions
Family
The negative reviews I read before beginning the trek up and down Snowdon were a little off putting but now I’ve experienced it myself they are actually laughable. Firstly, you’re climbing a mountain, you can’t downgrade a mountain for being mountainous surely? it gets misty a lot of the time because it’s so high up, but you’d have to be some kind of special to leave a poor review of an actual mountain based on weather conditions 🤦🏼‍♂️ Next up is the toilets issue, again, you’re walking up a mountain, but problem seems to be that people think it’s a walk in the park, which it isn’t.. because you’re walking up… a… mountain. Didn’t experience the smell of urine or faeces, didn’t see anyone urinating either, instead we just saw a lot of ill prepared people in normal trainers and a half filled bottle of water in hand. To summarise, this trek is more enjoyable if a) you understand you are walking up a mountain that does become quite strenuous after the 3/4 way point b) you wear adequate footwear c) you take enough water and snacks d) you take waterproofs in case the weather suddenly changes e) you expect that most days up at the summit you won’t see much.

Also the queue to the summit stone is long and people start causing chaos by going up around (looking like they’re going to push in on the queue but then realising they aren’t able to), I can’t review people anymore than I can say a mountain… or the weather on the mountain.
Written August 7, 2022
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Jordan
West Sussex, UK405 contributions
Couples
I’d highly recommend starting your ascent to the peak from 07:00am as there won’t be many people on the tracks. We started on the pyg track and found it to be the best way to get to the summit as it took us, a pair of unseasoned hikers just over 2 hours to reach the top from the bottom.

On the way back we decided to go back down the miners path as it promised a flatter surface for our feet, however it is a steep decline to the bottom and your shins, knees and ankles can take a battering if you rush down, so just go down at your own pace.

Miners path is a lot more scenic with lake views, but personally, I wouldn’t recommend it for the ascent as it is quite steep to get up compared to the pyg route which is more of a steady incline.

Once you’re at the top all the hard work and effort is worth it, you’ll thank yourselves for it getting up earlier and setting off earlier too!
Written August 4, 2021
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James C
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Whilst walking up the mountain, it did start to get cold, so I recommend taking a coat or jumper if you're planning on staying up high for a long period of time.
You do have to pre book for parking, whereas you could get there by bus (it was slightly busy whilst going there and back from where I was staying)

The views where amazing and I'd definitely recommend coming, I'd definitely not to come if you're scared of heights.
The train was fully booked, and the café at the summit is closed until 2022.

If you have young children, I'd suggest not coming as they might struggle if you're planning on going up to the top.
Written August 3, 2021
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Z-Blakey
Plymouth, UK37 contributions
We did Llamberis Path in June as a family of 6. Parking was £8 per car opposite the train station (the train to the summit of snowdon).

We aren’t fitness freaks but are keen walkers, not the fittest though.

The path starts off on tarmac up a steepish incline as you get to the gate to start the walk. From there it’s a gradual(ish) climb with some steeper bits in between. We passed a group of school kids who looked like they were enjoying it. The path is okay for the first half of the walk. Once you get past halfway house it starts to get a bit tougher. The weather on our trip started off lovely and sunny and by the time we got here we couldn’t see anything around us. Once you get under the railway bridge, it got fairly tough and steeper and the path carries on to the right (staying steep) after a few hundred metres it starts to get less steep. As you near the summit there’s a load of stairs to climb which are a lovely thigh burner to remind you of what you’ve achieved.

I would advise you take a bag with warm clothes, waterproofs, hat and gloves and drinks as a minimum. We didn’t see anything for the second half of the walk so unsure wether there were sheer drops or nice views. It was hammering down at the top and most of the way back and does get very cold at the top.

The worst bit for us was the walk back at the very end, going back down the tarmac!!

We managed the walk in 4hrs flat without stops, 4hrs 30 with stops on the way up and back (clothes on/off, water break etc, and photos at the top)
Written July 2, 2021
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CD123
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK22 contributions
Couples
Had a nice walk up Pyg and down Miners track. As this was a Saturday at the end of September this is not peak season but was still rather busy. Having seen other reviews we opted to do park and ride, parking in Llanberis (£5.50 for the day) then getting the S1 bus (£3 each for adult return). Was glad we did as when we arrived at the pen y pass car park (on the bus) at about 8.30 it was already full. There is a YHA cafe across the road which was serving hot drinks, breakfasts (e.g. sausage bun.....and they were able to cater for gluten free too). The walk up snowdon was pleasant, some steep parts but manageable. Plenty of people were walking up but it was easy enough to keep distance on the walk. At the summit there was a long wait for the top (approx 1hr) and it was very windy and you noticed the cold as were not moving....make sure you have warm clothing for the top. The building at the summit was not open either. Good to get snowdon “ticked off the list”, overall an enjoyable day with beautiful views
Written September 30, 2020
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Wards70
Gloucestershire, UK24 contributions
Family
Amazing scenery, what a hike! My advice is to get there early, probably saw 10 people before we summited. Park at Pen y pass car park (don’t forget to book it beforehand) and do Pyg up and Miners down. We arrived at 05:30 and watching the sun rise was spectacular as we climbed. Me and three teenagers made the trip and it was easier than I (50 plus and not very fit!) thought it was going to be. We were flexible so made sure we went when it would be dry and with good visibility. Took us three hours to summit but we did stop three times for breakfast, snacks etc and lots of other Insta breaks! The only thing we weren’t prepared for was the wind speed on the summit. Met office said 45mph but was more like 70, literally had to crawl up and down the final few steps! Had a 30 minute stay on the summit and then took us 2 and a half hours to get back via the miners, again with breaks for brunch and feet resting! Was nice to pass the hordes going up the miners as we returned to the car park. Will definitely go again and try another route and will definitely go very early to avoid the crowds.
Written April 25, 2022
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GraceeeeBrown
Birmingham, UK212 contributions
Friends
Snowdon was a bucket list item for me and I’m very glad I managed to walk to the top despite not being a regular climber.

We chose the Llanberis Path as we were told this was the easiest route. It still had its difficulties but for beginner climbers we were happy to find it was fairly manageable.

I would recommend starting the walk on this path early as the car parks at the bottom tend to fill up fairly quickly, as does the path up to Snowdon.

The cafe at the summit also doesn’t seem to be open at the moment so be prepared to have a nature wee or two. The half way Cafe was open when we visited though there aren’t any toilets here.

You should also be prepared to queue to reach the official summit on busy days.
Written July 27, 2021
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CuriousElla
11 contributions
Family
Walked up Snowdon Llanberis path in August 21. We started walking around 7:30am and there was plenty of parking at the local car parks at that time.

Although we all enjoy walking, we can't claim to be particularly fit. The initial climb to get to the beginning of the path was a killer and my 11 year old kept saying he couldn't do this. We ploughed on with plenty of breaks (and sweets). Although labelled the tourist track, this is by no means an easy walk and took us the best part of 7 hours for the round trip. What I labelled the 'staircase to heaven' was the worst bit for me. After the halfway point and before the train station stop there was a never-ending steep rocky footpath which honestly felt hellish. The view when you get to the top of that bit is magnificent though, and it's where the train stops as it's about 3/4 of the way through. That was the best view we had as the summit was misty even though it was 21 degrees and sunny on the ground. We summited about 11:30 after a 15 min wait. The queue to the summit grew much longer during the time we sat and enjoyed our lunch surrounded by some grazing sheep!

Saw plenty of families dragging up 3, 4 and 5 year old. Be warned - it's a long and hard slog. Heard someone trying to cajole a crying child by saying 'you can tell your nursery friends that you climbed a mountain in the holidays!' You need good solid walking shoes and I would have benefitted from walking poles for the way down. Downhill is not easy, there are plenty of loose rocks and slippery bits so we were grateful for the dry and warm weather.

My husband was litter picking on the way back and filled two bags - unfortunately there was plenty more left behind. The worst culprits were the slushy cups and bagged dog mess. A message for dog owners: don't think you are doing us a favour by bagging your dog poo and leaving the plastic bag on the side of the path. It is infinitely worse! Bag your poo and take it with you.
Written August 29, 2021
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