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All about Snowdon!

Mount Snowdon (Y Wyddfa), the highest mountain in Wales, is 1085 m [3,560 feet] high, and is by far the easiest of the 3 peaks. Located in Snowdonia National Park, Snowdon is the highest mountain south of the Scottish Highlands and is probably the busiest mountain in Britain.


Snowdon has one of the wettest climates in Britain, receiving an annual average of more than 4,500 mm (180 in) of precipitation.


There is a choice of two main paths that we can use, either the Miners path or the Pyg track. Many will recommend the Miners Path, but we now recommend the Pyg Track as being faster, and (slightly) less busy, more suitable for Three Peaks Challenge teams. The descent can be via the Miner's Track or again the Pyg track which is slightly quicker unless extreamly wet.


Snowdon has six ridges which are steep and rocky to the north and east, shallower and grassy, but more remote to the south and west. There are many cwms formed by glaciation in the ice age, some filled with lakes. Subsidiary summits include Garnedd Ugain (1,065 m), the knife-edge summit of Crib Goch (923 m), Y Lliwedd (898 m) and Yr Aran (747 m).


Snowdon area geology comprises many different rock types, mostly Volcanic origin with Rhyolite and Dolerite being the most common. The two types can be clearly seen from Pont y Cromlech in the Llanberis Pass. Looking toward Crib Goch (south west), the crags known as Dinas Mot (due south) have a smoother central 'nose' which is Rhyolite and darker, rougher much more vegetated 'wings'. These are Dolerite. It is also worth noting that the summit of Snowdon itself is the remains of an extinct volcano.

Interesting fact:

Snowdon offers some of the most extensive views in the British Isles; on exceptionally clear days, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales are all visible, as well as 24 counties, 29 lakes and 17 islands. It is also possible to view the newly built Beetham Tower in Manchester from here. The view between Snowdon and Merrick (southern Scotland) is the longest theoretical line of sight in the British Isles spanning a linear distance of 232 km (144 miles).


OS Landranger (1:50,000) no 115: OS Outdoor Leisure (1:25,000) no 17: Harvey's Walkers Map (1:40,000) and Superwalker (1:25,000) Snowdonia West.

Tourist information: Llanberis