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Mountain or Hill:Yr Wyddfa | Mount Snowdon

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Mountain or Hill

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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.

On arrival at the Summit, walkers and railway passengers are welcomed Hafod Eryri - a modern contemporary environment, an amazing feat of engineering on the top of a mountain.

Hafod Eryri - Snowdon Visitor Centre is a unique building built on the summit of Mount Snowdon to withstand the mountain weather conditions, whilst blending in with its natural surroundings. The building is clad in oak and granite, and panoramic windows reveal views to the valleys below and on a clear day the views can stretch as far as Ireland.

Snowdon Mountain Railway passengers have a 30 minute stopover to venture to the cairn of the highest mountain in Wales and England, 1085m above sea level.

Hafod Eryri is open only when the railway is operating 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.


Llanberis Tourist Information Centre


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Plan route to Yr Wyddfa | Mount Snowdon 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