Snowdon – the main paths to the summit

Approaching the summit (Llanberis Path)

Snowdon may be my favourite mountain, or at least my favourite family mountain.  It is a mighty beast – not just the highest mountain in Wales, but the highest mountain in the British Isles outside the Highlands (and one of only 34 ‘Furth Munros‘, which is to say mountains of the British Isles which would be counted as Munros as exceeding 3,000 feet had they not had the misfortune to lie outside Scotland.

There are six main routes to the summit, and a few others which are less common, not all of which have I climbed, and as this article develops I will add commentaries on those routes, and blog posts:

  • The Llanberis Path
  • The Miners’ Track
  • The Pyg Track
  • The Rhyd Ddu Path
  • The Snowdon Ranger Path
  • The Watkin Path

For now, I have provided a map below showing the main routes.


The best maps for Snowdon are of course the Ordnance Survey maps; the ‘Explorer’ at 1:25 000 and the ‘Landranger’ at 1:50 000:

Route map