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Snowdon

Snowdon

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The Welsh name for Snowdon is 'Yr Wyddfa' which means 'the tumulus'. At a height of 3,560 ft (1,085 m), Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and the second highest peak in the UK.

The summit can be reached by a number of well-known paths and by the Snowdon Mountain Railway, a rack and pinion railway opened in 1896 which carries passengers the 4.7 miles (7.6 km) from Llanberis to the summit station. The summit also houses a cafe called Hafod Eryri, open only when the railway is operating and built in 2006 to replace one built in the 1930s. The railway generally operates from mid-March to early May to Clogwyn (three-quarters distance up Snowdon) and the usual destination between then and November is the Summit (subject to winter weather conditions).

Snowdon, along with Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis makes up the National Three Peaks Challenge. The mountain was used by Edmund Hillary when he was training for his Mount Everest expedition.

Contact

Llanberis Tourist Information Centre

Address

Llanberis,
LL55 4UL

Location

Directions

Plan route to Mount Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 609543  Lat: 53.06852 Long: -4.07617

The summit of Snowdon can be reached by the Llanberis Path (starting from the village), Crib Goch, Y Lliwedd, Pwg Track & the Miner's Track (all starting at Pen y Pass, the top of the Llanberis pass on the A4084 south-east of Llanberis, the Watkin Path from Bethania, north-east of Beddgelert on the A498, the Rhyd-Ddu Path (north-west of Beddgelert on the A4085) and the Snowdon Ranger from Llyn Cwellyn (also north-west of Beddgelert on the A4085). Of course there is also the Snowdon Mountain Railway!

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Snowdon Summit station