May 31st, 2019
There are many different routes to the top of Snowdon, but today we’re tackling one of Snowdon’s quieter ascents. Come with us!
Where: Rhyd-Ddu and Ranger Paths, Snowdon
Distance: Approx 10 miles
Difficulty: Hard (one of the easier routes to the summit but the ascent is steep. Paths are generally good, but there are rocky parts and narrow, cliff edges.)
This walk should only be attempted with very clear visibility and a suitable map and compass will aid navigation.
Start: Rhyd-Ddu car park – pay & display (on the A4085 between Beddgelert and Caernarfon, near the WHR station)
Grid Ref: SH 571525
Maps: OS Explorer 254: Llyn Peninsula East
1: From northern end of car park (closest to Rhyd-Ddu village) cross railway line and follow old quarry road (ignore track to left that heads to farm). Track is signposted, passing quarry ruins. Go over stile, then through two gates. At the second a path will join from the right here and quarry road goes straight ahead, but bear left heading uphill.
2: Continue steadily rising, through a gate in a wall when you reach it and along edge of Cwm Clogwyn on left. At a path junction, stay ahead along Bwlch Main (Thin Pass). At another junction with the Watkin path from the right, stay ahead to soon reach the summit.
3: From the summit, follow railway line heading north and downhill. Ignore zig-zag path to right and then at second path to right, look for marker stone and take wide path to left for Ranger Path descent, taking care at cliff edges near Clogwyn.
4: Follow well marked path downhill, eventually passing reservoir on left. Pass enormous boulder then through gate as path flattens. At another gate, path zig-zags steeply to soon reach the Youth Hostel and road. Turn left to walk back to car park, or catch the Snowdon Sherpa Bus (service S4 at 0904, 1104, 1309, 1454, 1604, 1729, 1834. See www.traveline-cymru.info for more details).
Points of Interest:
1: The Snowdon Ranger path is probably named after the original Snowdon guide on the western side, John Morton, who lived in the area in the mid nineteenth century. He became known locally as the Snowdon Ranger so he also gave this name to his house – now the youth hostel.
2: The Snowdon Mountain Railway was opened in 1986, but sadly the opening day was not without drama. One of the engines de-railed on the way down and one passenger was killed.
**These directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. The information quoted is correct at the time of writing. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather.