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Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and one of the busiest mountains in the world, and the Llanberis Path is one of the most enjoyable walks to its summit.
Starting in the town of Llanberis and mostly following the route of Snowdon’s famous trainline to the mountain’s 1085m summit, this is a long walk on a good path that climbs steadily rather than steeply.
The views get more spectacular the higher you climb, with Snowdon’s majestic northern cliffs and crags uncurling around you. Although the terrain is straightforward and the path easy to follow, care is needed once you get close to Snowdon’s summit. There are 10 recognised routes up the mountain – some that shouldn’t be attempted by anyone but experienced scramblers or climbers – so make sure you don’t take a wrong turn on your ascent or descent.
If you do this walk in spring or summer grab a celebratory drink or snack from Snowdon’s summit café, and if you want to save your legs take the Snowdon Mountain Railway back to Llanberis.
This route was voted second in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
IMPORTANT: Snowdon is a big, fierce mountain where walkers often face strong winds, heavy rain and low visibility. Plan your route carefully and always carry suitable hill walking gear.
TOG VERDICT: Don’t let the trainline and café fool you – Snowdon is one of the most spectacular mountains in Europe and this is one of the best walks to its summit.
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