Snowdonia Peak To Pub Route

Snowdonia Peak to Pub Trail magazine route

by Trail magazine |

Looking for a long-distance walk in Wales? Combine the best mountains and pubs of Snowdonia in an incredible 4-day circular walk in Trail magazine's Snowdonia Peak to Pub Route. You'll climb Snowdon, the Glyders, Moel Hebog and the Nantlle Ridge and end each day in a great pub. We think it might just be the best walk to experience the highlights of Snowdonia!

ROUTE STATS

Start/ finish: Llanberis or Nant Peris

Total Distance: 57km

Total ascent: 4445m

Peaks: Snowdon, Glyders, Y Lliwedd, Moel Eilio, Y Garn, Moel Hebog, Nantlle Ridge, and more!

Time: 4 days (allowing time for travel)

Maps: OS Explorer OL17 (1:25k)

Get the OS Map of full route

DAY 1 ROUTE: THE BIG DIPPER

A high-level walk starting in the town of Llanberis, taking in three great mountains, a rolling ridge known as ‘The Big Dipper’, shimmering llyns and spooky abandoned slate mines.

Start/ finish: Llanberis – Rhyd ddu

Distance: 12km

Ascent: 810m

Technicality: Easy high-level walking

Terrain: Mostly grassy slopes and paths, some boggy ground, crosses disused slate quarry

Navigation: Usual mountain navigational skills required, follows paths on the ground

DAY 2: RIDGES AND VOLCANOES

It’s a dramatic mountain day, filled with iconic peaks, far-reaching views over land and sea – and no people!

Start/ finish: Rhyd ddu - Beddgelert

Distance: 12km (17km with optional extra on Nantlle Ridge)

Ascent: 937m (1683m with optional extra)

Technicality: A good workout, but all straightforward, bar a couple of rocky sections off the top of Moel yr Ogof, and the steep, rocky Moel Hebog descent

Optional extra: The rocky crest on Nantlle Ridge requires some easy scrambling moves

Terrain: Forest path, grassy ridges, rocky sections, may be boggy in the col between Moel yr Ogof and Hebog

Navigation: Care required finding the path (not on map) up Moel Lefn, faint paths across the ridge of Moel Lefn and Moel yr Ogof (not on the map) – care required to avoid cliffs in poor vis.

DAY 3: THE ROOF OF WALES

Exposure on Snowdon’s south ridge + thrilling scrambles + fairy pools in the forest + one of the most iconic mountaineering pubs in the world = one epic North Wales day.

Start/ finish: Beddgelert – Pen-y-gwyrd Hotel

Distance: 20km

Ascent: 1749m

Technicality: South Ridge is rough walking at most, Y Lliwedd offers easy scrambling, which is never really exposed

Terrain: Forest paths, grassy hillside, easy narrow ridge and rocky scrambling (avoid by

Pyg Track descent)

Navigation: All well walked paths, usual mountain navigation required

DAY 4: SHATTERED SUMMITS

Like nowhere else on Earth, the Glyders complete the 4-day circuit on a high, with rocky formations, unstable scree slopes and a quiet llyn-side lunch.

Start/ finish: Pen-y-gwyrd Hotel - Llanberis

Distance: 14km (20km with optional extra up Y Garn)

Ascent: 926m (1174m with optional extra)

Technicality: Rough mountain walking, nothing technical

Terrain: Rough and rocky mountain terrain, slidey descent in steep scree off Gylder Fawr

Navigation: Paths indistinct at top of Miner’s Track and around Glyder Fach, map and compass essential in poor visibility.

ACCOMMODATION

Night 1 – Rhyd Ddu

Cwellyn Arms. Dogs allowed. Packed lunches available. Range of accommodation, including B&B, self-catering farmhouse, bunkhouse, camping and glamping. Check for seasonal minimum stays.

Ty Mawr B&B Tea Rooms and B&B.

Night 2 – Beddgelert

Tanronnen Inn Packed lunches available. Open year-round (be aware that some businesses in Beddgelert are shut during the winter months). Dogs not allowed. Comfortable rooms with a hearty breakfast, including single night stays.

Plas Tan y Graig B&B Beddgelert has a choice of other accommodation. Our favourite of the B&Bs is the smart and super friendly Plas Tan y Graig, with views over the river and to Moel Hebog.

There’s a great village shop in Beddgelert too

Night 3 – Pen-y-Gwyrd

Pen-y-Gwyrd Hotel (01286 870211 - bookings by phone only) 3- or 5-course dinner announced with a gong. Dog friendly. Packed lunches available. Sauna. B&B or dinner B&B

YHA Pen-y-Pass private rooms and dorms, with a bar and restaurant.

Night 4 – Llanberis

The Heights bunkhouse Dog friendly. Large car park for ‘Peak to Pubbers’ by arrangement (for more parking options see right). Bunkhouse with dorm rooms

Dol Peris guest house

Ty Isaf budget camping and bunkhouse also provides 4-day parking by arrangement.

See the video here!

*Adapted from the Spring 2020 issue of Trail magazine.

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