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The 5 Best Alternative Summits To Snowdon

Dodge the crowds and enjoy some of North Wales’ lesser-visited but equally spectacular peaks

Jon Williams

Description

At 1,085m (3,560ft), Snowdon – or Yr Wyddfa in Welsh – is the highest mountain in Wales, and the highest point in the UK and Ireland outside of the Scottish Highlands. So, it is no surprise that thousands of people flock to the peak every year. In fact, with its summit café and a mountain railway that will take you all the way to the top, it’s probably not a huge surprise to learn that visitors frequently queue for half an hour or more just to grab that obligatory summit selfie.

Don’t get us wrong, Snowdon is a majestic mountain, and with plenty of routes to choose from it is possible to find a quieter way up, but only on the rarest of occasions will you have the summit to yourself. Which is why we’d suggest something altogether different. With so many incredible peaks in the Snowdonia National Park, there is really no need to simply follow the hordes up Snowdon. So, here are some of our favourite alternative summits to tackle next time you visit North Wales, which not only promise similarly panoramic views, but also offer a far quieter and more tranquil day in the mountains.

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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
Y Garn: los brazos del sillon (arista Este)

Y Garn: los brazos del sillon (arista Este)

Snowdonia
2 - 3 hrs
4.8 km
636 m
564 m
Itinerary of Scrambling runs through the 2 arms of Y Garn.
Extreme
Private
Rhinogydd Range

Rhinogydd Range

3 - 4 hrs
8.8 km
627 m
628 m
A mega mountain day with great views
Moderate
Private
Yr Aran

Yr Aran

Snowdonia
3 - 4 hrs
10.2 km
565 m
565 m
One of Snowdon’s much quieter and less-visited neighbours
Moderate
Private
Pen Yr Ole Wen

Pen Yr Ole Wen

Snowdonia
4 - 5 hrs
6.9 km
751 m
751 m
Spectacular views guaranteed from the southernmost peak in the Carneddau range
Moderate
Private