Snowdonia is a big place; it's made up of quite distinctive regions - each with a unique character. Here is a taster of the 5 major massifs including and around Snowdon
The Snowdon range - including Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon summit)
By any standard Snowdon is a magnificent mountain. Its architecture is astounding, consisting as it does, of many ridges and subsidiary peaks. You could spend a week ascending Snowdon by different routes and still have more to discover. It is also by far the most popular mountain in the British Isles, having a train track that terminates at a visitor centre within a few metres of the summit. Its worth taking a minute to consider which of the various routes to the top you might want to take.
The following walks are available every weekend (weather permitting)
- Pyg Track and Miners' track.
The classic easy to moderate day starting from the high car park at the top of the Llanberis pass taking in Snowdon summit at 1085m (3560 feet).
- Snowdon Horseshoe
A strenuous, exciting and rewarding circuit that includes the famous "knife edge" ridge of Crib Goch.
- Snowdon Ranger/Rhyd Ddu Path A moderate alternative route up Snowdon with vast views.
- Watkin Path descending the South Ridge
A more strenuous route that starts from the low valley of Nantgwynant and involves a full 1000m of uphill walking, at its steepest just below the summit.
This vast mountainous remote upland at the north end of Snowdonia contains the second and fourth highest peaks in Wales. (Carnedd Llewelyn and Carnedd Dafydd). In general access is not as immediate as for other areas and routes tend to be longer, so we offer just one suggestion here. However, if the Carneddau take your fancy we'll work something out that will meet your aspirations.
- Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llywelyn – A great day out exploring the mountains of the southern carneddau. Grade strenuous.
Access to the Glyderau couldn't be easier. Free car parking areas line the Ogwen Valley; step over a style and your there! This is a very special area - reflected in the SSSI and NNR status of Cwm Idwal. On all our walks we have 2 priority values: safety and the protection of our fragile mountain environment. We make every effort to uphold the principle of leaving no trace of our visits. The famous "Cantilever" stone is found here high on Glider Fach.
- From Ogwen Cottage via Twll Du (the Devil's Kitchen) to Llyn y Cwn (the Lake of Dogs) Y Garn and down the ridge back to Ogwen. A classic day out in The Glyderau, graded moderate to strenuous.
- Tryfan: one of Wales's most distinctive peaks with some enjoyable scrambling, graded strenuous.
- Y Garn Ridge Walk; an interesting, moderate graded walk covering the northern end of the Glyderau.
The Eifionydd mountains form a great horseshoe around the little visited valley of Cwm Pennant with Moel Hebog at one end towering over the village of Beddgelert and Mynedd Craig Goch (mountain of the red crag) at the other. In between lies a cave where Owain Glyndwr is reputed to have concealed himself from the invading English in the fifteenth century (after making good an escape that involved the UK's first recorded rock climb), and the famous Nantlle ridge; one of the finest walks in Snowdonia. Mynydd Mawr (big mountain) often referred to as the "elephant hill" is also included in this group.
- Mynydd Mawr; a moderate days walk starting and finishing in Rhyd Ddu.
- The Nantlle Ridge; One of the finest ridge walks in Snowdonia with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and (on a clear day) Ireland. Grade moderate to strenuous.
- Moel Hebog Round; A strenuous walk taking in the peaks of Moel Hebog, Moel yr Ogof and Moel Llefn.
When you say "The Moelwyns", it conjures, in the minds of those who know the area, less the peaks that lie there, (though there are some real beauties) but more an eye wateringly beautiful and complex area pervaded by an atmosphere that one is inclined to describe as magical. Don't take our word for it - see for yourself, come and visit.
- The Moelwyns from Tanygrisiau; an enjoyable day taking in the main peaks of the Moelwyns; Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach. Graded moderate.
- Moel Siabod: a beautiful mountain that stands on its own at the northern end of the ares. A moderate graded walk with some basic scrambling.
- Cnicht; the "Matterhorn of Wales" due to it's appearance, a moderate graded walk, giving a more isolated and remote taste of Snowdonia. A mountain not to be missed.
- The round Moelwyn walk: for a real taste of the magic of the Moelwyns, taking in twinkling llyns and gentle peaks juxtaposed in exquisite complexity.