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“Very scary at the top but well worth it!”
Review of Snowdon

Snowdon
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5-Day Heart of England Tour from London: North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon...
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Owner description: The highest mountain in Wales (higher than any in England) at 3,560 feet.
Reviewed June 15, 2012

We paid £50 for myself, husband and daughter to ride the train to the top and back of mount snowdon! The way up was pretty scary and amazing views but once you are at the top you have half an hour to take a few extra steps to the very top which we did! it was so scary as it was very windy and there is no barriers or rails just steps! we did it, had a photo then made our way back down. we had time to buy a drink from the cafe before getting back on the train for the descent. A brilliant experience!

Thank myalily
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Well worth the walk on a fine day, but plan to avoid the crowds if you can. Get the Snowdonia mountain weather forecast before you go, and make sure you're well equiped, conditions can change very quickly on the mountain, even in summer.
On a good day, it's a 5-6 hour round trip for average walkers on one of the easier trails. The easiest route is from Llanberis, roughly following the railway, on a well marked track, returning the same way. This is the best route for inexperienced walkers, and the safest for children. There's a halfway cafe, sometimes open, and an old-fashioned cafe near the bottom, which is cosy spot for a drink and bara brith (welsh fruit loaf) on your return. Other good routes start from Penypass above Llanberis. The car park here costs £10, and is often full. Instead, park in Llanberis or Nant Peris and take the sherpa bus. The PYG track from Penypass is good as an ascent. Some of the hardest walking is early on, the middle part is easier, towards the summit it gets steeper again. The views are superb. It's possible to return to Penypass by the miner's track. Start down the same way, then turn off right down steep stone steps, and follow an easy track back past the lakes. Other good tracks on a quieter side of the mountain from Rhyd Ddu and nearby are the Rhyd Ddu and Snowdon Ranger paths. They can be linked to form a circuit, and are roughly the same difficulty as the PYG track. The Gladstone path from Nant Gwynant is beautiful, but longer. It's steep at the top, where route finding can be tricky in bad weather. Crib Goch, a narrow ridge, should be left to the experts. Snowdon in winter is another world, wonderful on the best days, but not for the inexperienced or ill-equiped. In snow and ice crampons may be needed on any route.
The cafe at the top (the source of the crowds) is only open in the summer season when the train is running. It's worth seeing from the outside (and visiting for shelter and the toilets, but not the food or drink)
I'm not going to review the train, I think other reviews say it all.
Enjoy your walk, and if the summit is in cloud, keep coming back, sometime you might be lucky enough to see Ireland.

8  Thank Pwy
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Went up snowdon on the railway.we waited till the day to see what the weather was like as it's not cheap....£ 25 return. We rang on route at approx 9.30 am to be told the next available trip was 1.30pm and these were selling fast.despite this we turned up to find the ticket office empty and got two tickets for the 10,30 train in the the best carriage ...at the front with the guard .louise who was lovely and very chatty and friendly..she clearly loves the job
The ascent was good fun but it was cloudy at the top so no amazing views...it was also very crowded at the the summit .overall though an enjoyable experience

Thank Jo L
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

you can see the Isle of Man. Have ascended Snowden several times; at first it was inspiring to reach the top of the granite old man but as time has progressed with Man's plastic disrespect I find the litter is truly offensive. Age has taken its toll on me also and I believe the now essential train-ride too expensive.

4  Thank Blue1986
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

We took the train up snowdon (2 adults and a baby). At £25 each (babies free) it isn't cheap but the view from the top is worth it alone. Be careful about the weather and always ring and check they are going to the top before setting off. Even when we arrived on a lovely day it was too windy to go to the summit and we had to return the following day.

Thank jonige
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