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Go On The Most Spectacular Walks In Snowdonia

Snowdonia is a stunning and diverse national park located in North Wales, renowned for its natural delights, rich cultural history and for being a leading place for walking and other sports.

Otherwise known as Eryri, this mountainous region and national park in northwestern Wales is most famous for Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and England, which stands at an elevation of 1,085 metres (3,560 feet) above sea level. Some of the busiest paths include the Pen-y-Pass and Llanberis.


Approximately 4 million people visit Eryri National Park every year, many of whom are keen walkers. They take great delight in the towering peaks and breathtaking views, along with lesser trodden paths that can be found.

However, planning your visit is absolutely vital if you wish to visit this area. Getting lost can be extremely stressful, especially during the colder and wetter months of the year. In particular, it’s important that you pack the right gear if you’re doing a more challenging walk.

This area is home to nine mountain ranges, 74 miles of coastline, and 11,000 hectares of native woodland. Whatever part of this area of Wales you’re looking to explore, Walking Britain’s guides can help.

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It’s the best way to discover what makes Snowdonia special and unique, and enjoy some of the most fabulous views in Britain.

Snowdonia has a rich cultural heritage with a strong Welsh identity and is home to over 26,000 people. The area has numerous historic sites, castles and villages that showcase the region's history and traditions. There are so many walks that can help you discover more about Welsh culture.

Walking up Mount Snowdon can be an incredible experience, especially if you go all the way to Scafell Pike.

Since it's the highest peak in Wales and offers breathtaking views from the top. The journey itself can also be highly rewarding, with various trails catering to different skill levels, so whether you're a seasoned hiker or just starting out, there's likely a path for you.

Not only that, reaching the summit can give you a sense of accomplishment and connection with nature that's hard to beat. Let's also not forget the fresh mountain air and wonderful landscapes you'll encounter along the way.

Did you know that Snowdonia’s Welsh name is Yr Wyddfa, which means ‘the tomb’ or ‘the barrow.’

The name Snowdon possibly comes from the Old English ‘Snaw Dun’, meaning ‘snow hill’.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a favourite destination for hikers and climbers, offering several paths to the summit, including the Llanberis Path, Miners' Track, Pyg Track and the more challenging Snowdon Ranger Path.

Snowdonia is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

Apart from hiking Snowdon, visitors can enjoy everything from rock climbing and mountain biking to kayaking, and exploring numerous trails and paths.

Eryni National Park is also where you’ll find some of the most diverse plants in the UK, including rare species like the Snowdon Lily and the Snowdon beetle. It's also a habitat for numerous bird species, such as peregrine falcons and red kites.

The area is home to some historic steam railways like the Ffestiniog Railway and the Snowdon Mountain Railway, offering scenic journeys through the unforgettable landscapes.

The gateway village to Snowdonia is considered to be Llanberis.

It is also the starting point for the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The railway's primary purpose is to carry visitors to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, standing at an elevation of 1,085 metres (3,560 feet) above sea level.

Covering a distance of about 4.7 miles (7.6 kilometres) from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, the journey offers breathtaking views of Snowdonia National Park.

Love a bit of culture on your walks? Snowdonia hosts the National Eisteddfod of Wales, a prominent cultural festival celebrating Welsh music, literature and performance arts.

Did you know that Snowdonia is known for its dark skies?

This makes it an excellent spot for stargazing and astronomy enthusiasts. If you love walking in the great outdoors, you’ll find that Snowdonia can't be beaten, especially if you’re on the hunt for adventure.

Not sure which way to get up the mountain? Take a look at our free walking guides for Snowdon.

There are eight main paths to the summit of Mount Snowdon, which are detailed on our website. The longest is the Llanberis Path which is also the least steep and mainly follows the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Many people find this is the least interesting and easiest way to the top.

We have an extensive list of different walks to suit people at all levels. Whatever your plans in 2024, we would love to make it easier to explore the local area.

If you’re looking for the best walks in Snowdonia, don’t forget to check out our latest routes today.

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