Guidebook

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!

Charlie Boscoe

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.

The Welsh 3000s
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The Welsh 3000s

Snowdonia
1 day +
40.5 km
2,827 m
3,702 m
A good challenge for any fit walker, which also is one of the best walks in Snowdownia.
Extreme
Private
The Southern Carneddau
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The Southern Carneddau

Snowdonia
4 - 5 hrs
14.4 km
950 m
948 m
If it’s a superb walk in relative solitude you’re after then folk in the know will point you at those big old lumps where scenes of genuine grandeur can also be won, but unlike the cheap thrills of their Ogwen brethren, the secrets of the Carneddau must be earned.
Difficult
Private
The Round of Marchlyn Mawr
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The Round of Marchlyn Mawr

Snowdonia
2 - 3 hrs
6.9 km
623 m
399 m
Hideously scarred and cruelly exploited it may well be, but Elidir Fawr is often the choice of the connoisseur when a quick 3000er is the order of the day.
Difficult
Private
Tryfan and the Glyderau: Cwm Bochlwyd Loop
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Tryfan and the Glyderau: Cwm Bochlwyd Loop

Snowdonia
3 - 4 hrs
6.2 km
916 m
913 m
Snowdon's horseshoe may have the majesty, but Ogwen's own circular classic boasts more and better scrambling.
Extreme
Private
Snowdon Horseshoe
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Snowdon Horseshoe

Snowdonia
11.8 km
1,001 m
1,006 m
Perhaps it's only fitting that the highest mountain in Wales boasts the country's greatest all-day scrambly ridge traverse.
Extreme
Private
Snowdon's Quiet Side - Cwm Clogwyn Round
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Snowdon's Quiet Side - Cwm Clogwyn Round

Snowdonia
5 - 6 hrs
15.0 km
952 m
955 m
Snowdon isn’t short of great walking routes to its crowded summit, but if you think they are all infested with other folk you can think again.
Difficult
Private
Nantlle Ridge
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Nantlle Ridge

Snowdonia
2 - 3 hrs
8.3 km
632 m
606 m
A grassy stride along elegant curved arêtes, the traverse of the main ridge linking all the summits in the range is a classic Welsh walk, with a rare sense of peace and spacious seaward views.
Severe
Private
Aberglaslyn Gorge and Cwm Bychan, Snowdonia
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Aberglaslyn Gorge and Cwm Bychan, Snowdonia

Snowdonia
1 - 2 hrs
6.7 km
301 m
300 m
This is a circular six mile walk, starting and ending at the little footbridge at Beddgelert.
Easy
Private
Cnicht - The Welsh Matterhorn
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Cnicht - The Welsh Matterhorn

Snowdonia
3 - 4 hrs
10.4 km
683 m
681 m
This walk around Cnicht and it aqueous environs is one of the most enjoyable in Snowdonia offering some of the finest views in the national park, a smidgeon of optional scrambling and a tour of the most enchanting llynau imaginable.
Difficult
Private
Moel Siabod
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Moel Siabod

Snowdonia
4 - 5 hrs
10.2 km
893 m
681 m
When it comes to half day outings in Snowdonia, the ascent of Moel Siabod via the ridges that enclose Cwm y Foel is up there with the very best.
Moderate
Private