Nantlle Ridge

The 10 Finest Day Hikes in Snowdonia

Take in some of the best summits in Britain and climb a series of epic ridges en route!

Hiking Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Severe, Extreme

Also in Conwy, United Kingdom

Nantlle Ridge
Nantlle Ridge Photo: Mike Bean

Description

With high summits, rock ridges and brooding cliff faces everywhere you look, Snowdonia is a truly unique destination, known the world over for its fabulous hiking and rock climbing. The names of the famous peaks and routes in Snowdonia are familiar to any mountain enthusiast, and ticking off the Snowdon Horseshoe, the Welsh 3000ers, Tryfan and the rest should be on any "bucket list".

There's no doubt that on that list - and in this guidebook - the Welsh 3000ers is the jewel in the crown. A huge hike which takes you across the 15 Welsh peaks over 3000 feet, it's a trip which will challenge even the fittest of hikers. The record on it is - believe it or not - 4:10:48 but anything under 15 hours is good going for mere mortals. One option, if you don't want a brutally hard day, is to split the trip halfway with a night in the Ogwen Valley, but even over 2 day it's no pushover!

Every other route in here can be comfortably done in a single day, but some of them are still tough challenges. The route over Tryfan - said to be the only mountain in Wales which can't be summited by any route without doing some scrambling - and the Snowdon Horseshoe are both über classics, worth 2 days of any hiking trip. If you're looking for a quieter way of climbing Snowdon then "Snowdon's Quiet Side - Cwm Clogwyn Round" is fabulous.

There are also some lesser known but equally deserving routes in here, such as the quiet and remote "Southern Carneddau" plus a trio of peaceful options in the southern part of the Snowdonia range - "Nantlle Ridge" ,"Aberglaslyn Gorge and Cwm Bychan" and "Snowdonia, Cnicht - The Welsh Matterhorn"

Finally, there's a relatively short day ("Moel Siabod") in here for the highly likely (!) event that you get some bad weather!

So whether you're a summit bagger, an avid scrambler or just want a brilliant couple of weeks of mountain adventures, we've got you covered in this legendary part of the world.

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