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    Best hiking and walking trails in Snowdonia National Park

    Walking In Snowdonia

    Region in Wales, United Kingdom

    Snowdonia Walks

    Snowdonia walks are a timeless adventure, and the mere mention of the name Snowdonia is enough to excite most hikers. This majestic region is Wales’ crowning glory, an immense landscape filled with deep valleys and crevasses, angular ridges and wild moorland. Snowdonia is justifiably popular, drawing thousands of hikers in the peak season, but there are plenty of lesser-known routes where visitors can immerse themselves in Wales’ wild beauty.

    Snowdonia is an ancient landscape, with a strong sense of Welsh culture and a history that goes back thousands of years. These wild mountains once provided shelter to some of Wales’ most famous leaders, including the medieval prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. The region was later shaped by human activity, including farming and mining, which left an indelible mark on the landscape and part of this cultural heritage can be seen in the picturesque Welsh-speaking villages of North Wales. However, it’s the park’s rugged terrain and magnificent trails that attract most modern day visitors, with many looking to complete a wide variety of Snowdonia walks.

    Snowdonia is a land of tall peaks and deep valleys, with rugged, rocky hillsides and picturesque lakes. You’ll move from soaring mountains to long sandy beaches in the same day, meaning that a walking trip here is a really varied adventure. Snowdonia walks will also expose you to some rare and wonderful wildlife species that call the region home, including birds of prey such as the osprey, merlin and peregrine falcon, and wild goats, otters, deer and pine martens. In particular, keep your eyes open for the exquisite Snowdon lily, which grows in the crags of Cwm Idwal.

    This natural paradise is just waiting to be discovered – so what’s holding you back? To trigger your wanderlust, here’s our pick of all the best hikes in Snowdonia.

    Top 10 Walks In Snowdonia

    As can be seen in this list of the top 10 walks in Snowdonia, the park really has something for everyone, from pleasant easy walks through the valleys to thrilling ascents of soaring peaks and craggy ridges. Snowdon has long been a training ground for avid mountaineers, and many climbers visit this region in preparation for an attempt on Everest. As a result, experienced walkers will find plenty to challenge them in North Wales, including the ascent of Snowdon itself, via one of the many routes up the mountain.

    However, you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic or an experienced hiker to enjoy walking in Snowdonia. This region is perfect for families, with many short, easy Snowdonia walks that are sure to give younger visitors the hiking bug. You’ll find hwalks to suit all tastes, experience and fitness levels, from pleasant low-key strolls through the valleys, or fun trails that snake through lush woodland. Whatever you’re looking for, Snowdonia walks have it all!

    • Rhaeadr Ddu and Coed Ganllwyd Walk: This spectacular walk showcases the majesty of Snowdonia without requiring too much exertion. The trail follows the River Gamlan, ascending through green woodland and passing by the gushing waterfalls of Rhaeadr Ddu (Welsh for ‘Black Falls”). This walk is best appreciated after heavy rain when the river and falls are at full flow, but make sure to bring sturdy footwear as the path can be slippery!
    • Llyn Ogwen Walk: This wonderful hike isn’t too strenuous, but it’s certainly a lot of fun, making it one of the best easy walks in Snowdonia. The trickiest part of the route is finding the path at the beginning, as you’ll need to scramble over a few boulders as you proceed towards the lake. The path circles Llyn Ogwen, offering fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and making this a thoroughly enjoyable easy hike in Snowdonia.
    • Cwm Idwal Walk: This short hike is a delight, and one of our favorite family walks in Snowdonia! There’s a short, steep climb at the beginning, but the rest of the trail is relatively easy and suitable for young children, leading to a spectacular hidden lake and a series of lovely waterfalls. Kids will love exploring this wild place, and there is plenty to keep older walkers happy too!
    • Swallow Falls Walk: The route to Swallow Falls is a wonderful family hike in Snowdonia, passing alongside the Llugwy River all the way to the sensational Swallow Falls. Take your time here and appreciate the gushing water before continuing until you reach the Ty Hyll Tearoom at the Ugly House, where you can enjoy some well-earned refreshments and explore the lovely gardens and bee exhibition. We think this is one of the best family walks in Snowdonia.
    • Snowdon Via The Watkin Path Walk: You can’t visit Snowdonia without a walk up the eponymous mountain itself, a highlight of any walking trip to Wales. However, Snowdon is one of the most-visited mountains in the UK, and you’re likely to be sharing your path with many other walkers. That’s why we prefer the ascent via the Watkin Path, which offers incredibly scenic views and is much quieter than some of the other routes. It’s a challenging hike, but without doubt, one of the best day walks in Snowdonia.
    • Pyg Track to Snowdon and Miner’s Track Walk: This route up Snowdon is not the easiest path, but it offers the quickest and shortest way to access the summit. The ascent begins gently, but the path soon becomes more rugged, requiring a little scrambling in places. However, the scenery along the route just keeps getting better and better, descending past old mines on the Miner’s Track. This is a wonderful way to spend a day in Snowdonia’s rugged scenery.
    • Snowdon Horseshoe Walk: Looking for one of the best challenging walks in Snowdonia? The Snowdon Horseshoe walk is a strenuous hike, and certainly not for the faint of heart, but it will lead you along one of the most rewarding trails in Snowdonia. The phenomenal ridgeline of Crib Goch offers incredible views, taking you all the way to the summit of Snowdon, descending via the Watkin Path. This walk is an epic day out in some of Wales’ finest landscapes.
    • Moel Siabod Walk: This classic Welsh mountain hike is one of the best challenging walks in Snowdonia, and gives some of the best views over Snowdon that you’ll find in the region. The final ascent is very steep and strenuous, but the rest of the walk is fairly manageable, with plenty of beautiful sights to distract you! Come on a clear day for magnificent views of Snowdon, Glyderrau and Carneddau, and a wonderful day out in some of Wales’ best scenery.
    • Dolmelynllyn Estate Walk: This tremendously varied walk has a little bit of everything to offer, from crumbled ruins and an old gold mine, to gushing waterfalls and beautiful scenery! It’s a great option for a family walk, and a good way to learn a little about Welsh history. You’ll wander through woodland and follow the path of the river before emerging out onto open moorland with expansive views. This is a delightful hike and one of the best walks in Snowdonia.
    • Barmouth Panorama Walk: Wales may be famous for its mountains, but it’s also well known for its lovely sea views. This route combines them both, climbing high above Barmouth to enjoy a wonderful panorama across the Afon Mawddach Estuary, and along the Welsh coast to Cardigan Bay. Once you’ve made the final descent, it’s time to relax on the vast white sands of Barmouth beach.

    When Is The Best Time To Go Walking In Snowdonia

    The best time to go walking in Snowdonia is from late spring to autumn. Although the spring weather can often be wet and windy, this is the time when the woodlands and hillsides of Snowdonia are covered in flowers. The daffodil, the national flower of Wales, can be seen throughout the region, adding a lovely dash of bright yellow to the landscape. In summer, the Welsh countryside is at its finest, with lush green fields, and the chance of some sunshine (although you should always be prepared for a rain shower!). However, Snowdonia walks can be extremely busy during the summer holidays, so you’ll need to book accommodation well in advance and be prepared to see lots of other people on the trail. Autumn is a wonderful time to visit, when the leaves turn and the trees explode in a riot of color. In winter, the higher elevation trails are accessible only to the most experienced and well-equipped mountaineers. Despite this, many trails stay open throughout the winter months, meaning that you’ll always find a place for a good walk, whatever time of year you choose to visit.

    Other Outdoor Activities In Snowdonia

    Snowdonia is Wales’ outdoor playground, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Choose from hiking, backpacking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, canoeing or kayaking, and immerse yourself in the spectacular landscapes of the Welsh mountains and valleys. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, why not try your hand at rock climbing, canyoning or coasteering!

    How To Plan A Trip To Snowdonia

    If Wales is on your walking bucket list, don’t miss out on our guide to planning a trip to Snowdonia. We’ve put together a useful list of information, including ideas on where to go and where to stay and eat, coupled with lists of all our favorite Snowdonia walks. Whether you’re going to travel in summer or winter, we’ve got everything you’ll need to plan a trip to Snowdonia.

    Frequently-Asked-Questions About Snowdonia

    Is it difficult to climb Snowdon?
    Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, standing at an elevation of 1085m. Tackling this impressive mountain is no easy feat, but it’s within the scope of most fit hikers. You’ll need to be relatively fit and to be prepared for rugged, rocky terrain. However, no specialist equipment is required and you don’t need to have mountaineering and climbing experience.

    Do you have to pay to climb Snowdon?
    Snowdonia National Park is completely free to access, meaning that you don’t need to pay to climb Snowdon or to any of the other fantastic hikes in this region.

    Can you drive to the top of Snowdon?
    It’s not possible to drive anywhere near the summit of Snowdon. However, if you’re not sure you’re able to hike all the way to the top, it’s possible to take the train. The Snowdon Mountain Railway has been in operation since 1896, departing from Llanberis station, and this is an excellent option for walkers with very young families and those who aren’t able to make the summit on foot. The views are remarkable, all the way to the top.

    Is wild camping in Snowdonia legal?
    Most of the land in Snowdonia National Park is privately owned, and it’s not legal to camp without the permission of the landowner. However, it’s usually possible to camp on the higher fells provided you pitch your tent away from houses and farms, and follow the Wild Camping Code.

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      Open details for Cader Idris via Llanfihangel y Pennant

      Cader Idris via Llanfihangel y Pennant

      16.9 km
      841 m

      Cader Idris (also known as Cadair Idris) is one of the most popular mountains in Snowdonia. This walk from Llanfihangel y Pennant provides a reprieve from the crowds that make use of the Pony and Minffordd Paths - although you do join the Pony Path for the final push to the summit. The walk up from the village follows clear trails along the Afon Cader, then a grassy path which winds along the lower slopes of Tyrrau Mawr before linking up with the Pony Path for the final portion of your ascent.

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      Open details for Llyn Geirionydd

      Llyn Geirionydd

      Very Easy
      3.2 km
      93 m

      Llyn Geirionydd is a hidden gem within Snowdonia National Park, a peaceful lake surrounded by lush forests and breathtaking mountains. The circular walk around the lake is smooth and well-marked, a cinch for even the most inexperienced navigator. With plenty of facilities on site, this is a fantastic choice for a day outdoors with the family.

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      Open details for Devil’s Kitchen to Llyn y Cwn

      Devil’s Kitchen to Llyn y Cwn

      6.0 km
      451 m

      The Devil’s Kitchen is a favourite feature for visitors to Snowdonia National Park, and for good reason. The steep ascent boasts an impressive crack that splits the cliffs, with a waterfall tumbling over the rock face. To get there, start from the Ogwen visitor centre, and follow a good path to the serene shores of Llyn Idwal. A walk along the lake leads to the base of the mountain, where a steep push up through boulders and loose rock brings you to the top of the Devil’s Kitchen. A short ways away lies Llyn y Cwn, a lake well worth visiting for views of the neighbouring Y Garn and Glyder Fawr summits. Then it’s back down the way you came, taking a different path along Llyn Idwal’s opposite shore which leads to your initial approach from the visitor centre.

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      Open details for Gwydir Forest Park Walk

      Gwydir Forest Park Walk

      16.6 km
      565 m

      A walk through the Gwydir Forest Park is an exceptional way to spend a day in Snowdonia without clambering up the mountains. Betws-y-Coed provides a convenient access point, and the waymarked paths are easy to navigate for any adventurer. The trail starts along the flowing Afon Llugwy, passing by the majestic Swallow Falls before turning north along fields and lakeshores. Llyn Geirionydd is a lovely midpoint, where the legendary poet Taliesin lived (and is allegedly buried). A path then cuts back through the heart of the forest, looping back along the edge of Llyn Parc before returning to your starting point. A gorgeous day in the woods!

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      Open details for Llyn Crafnant from Trefriw

      Llyn Crafnant from Trefriw

      12.1 km
      452 m

      Llyn Crafnant is one of Snowdonia’s loveliest lakes, and the walk from Trefriw is the perfect length for a morning or afternoon outdoors. Start right from the heart of the village and set off along the Afon Crafnant, the river guiding your ascent to the lake. Loop around its shores, following the waymarked posts as you pass monuments, cafes, and more. Splendid views of the surrounding crags and mountains accompany you as you turn north and follow the same lane back to Trefriw, completing an excellent circuit of Llyn Crafnant.

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      Open details for Llyn Crafnant from Capel Curig

      Llyn Crafnant from Capel Curig

      12.6 km
      499 m

      There are plenty of ways to explore Llyn Crafnant, and this walk from Capel Curig offers longer sections of trail walking than its northern counterpart from Trefriw. The walk starts in the heart of the village, heading east and then north along well-defined paths. A steep section offers excellent views of the Crimpiau summit before a similarly steep descent links your route with Crafnant Road. Follow this up the eastern side of the lake, enjoying marvellous views of the mountains to the west, then loop around at the top to take a forestry track back down the opposite shore. A quick dash through the woods links up with the path you came in on, retracing your steps all the way back to Capel Curig.

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      Open details for Marin Trail

      Marin Trail

      7.9 km
      302 m

      The Marin Trail is a brilliant route through the Gwydir Forest, often used for mountain bikes but excellent to explore on foot as well. It’s easily accessible from the town of Llanrwst, just across the River Conwy, and its many winding paths provide plenty of options. This route starts from the car park at the trail’s northern entrance, gradually ascending as you walk south, then looping around to walk along the serene shores of Llyn y Parc before returning northward through the woods.

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      Open details for Tryfan via South Ridge

      Tryfan via South Ridge

      12.9 km
      939 m

      Tryfan’s South Ridge provides an alternate route up Snowdonia’s most iconic mountain, with the fantastic addition of the nearby Glyderau. Loop around to the south of Tryfan to make your ascent, then descend back to Bwlch Tryfan and take the Miners Track up to the summit of Glyder Fach. A lofty stroll along the peaks of Glyder Fach, Castell-y-Gwynt, and Glyder Fawr provides incredible views. Top it off by descending via the Devil's Kitchen, with striking vistas of Llyn Idwal below. This is one of the most engaging walks in all of Snowdonia!

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      Open details for Glyderau Circular Walk via Castell y Gwynt

      Glyderau Circular Walk via Castell y Gwynt

      11.5 km
      973 m

      The Glyderau are an iconic range within Snowdonia National Park, and this circular walk tackles the peaks of Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Castell y Gwynt, and Glyder Fach. From the popular Ogwen visitor centre, head up the northeast ridge of Y Garn before looping around to clamber through the nearly lunar landscapes of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach. Castell y Gwynt, the “Castle of the Wind”, is a perfect viewpoint for soaking in the mountain views in all directions. Descend carefully via the Miner’s Track to Bwlch Tryfan, then along the shores of Llyn Bochlwyd to return to your starting point. A full day of engaging adventure!

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      Open details for Aber Falls to Foel Fras

      Aber Falls to Foel Fras

      14.6 km
      1,091 m

      From massive mountains to wistful waterfalls, this walk has it all! The first stretch takes you past the popular Aber Falls, where the Afon Goch river pours over the cliffs in a beautiful scene. Then the real work starts, as you make your way up the slopes of Llwytmor in order to reach the summit of Foel Fras. This is your high point on the day, with panoramic vistas (in good weather, of course!). Much of the rest is excellent ridge-walking, with Drum among the several peaks you’ll visit on your way back around to the starting point. Plan for a full day on the hill!

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      Open details for Tal y Fan From Llanfairfechan

      Tal y Fan From Llanfairfechan

      14.0 km
      650 m

      Walking up Tal y Fan From Llanfairfechan provides plenty of opportunity to explore a fairly accessible mountain that has plenty of interesting features. It’s a windy drive to the small car park, but from there it’s quite a straightforward ascent up neighbouring Foel Lwyd. Cross over to the peak of Tal y Fan, with wonderful views of Liverpool Bay, then descend past quarries and sheep shelters to the North Wales Path. Your return takes you past ancient stone circles, an impressive end to the day’s adventure.

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      Open details for Conwy Mountain Circular Walk

      Conwy Mountain Circular Walk

      4.6 km
      241 m

      Conwy Mountain is a super approachable walk from the neighbouring town. This is a great outing to pair with a visit to the town itself, with its ancient town walls and the magnificent Conwy Castle. The first half of a circular walk brings you promptly to the summit ridge, with views of the sea on one side and the Carneddau on the other. Follow a wall as you turn and descend along a wide track back to town after enjoying the vistas.

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      Tryfan via Heather Terrace

      6.7 km
      707 m

      One of three main routes up the legendary Trayfan, the Heather Terrace is a more sheltered option than the North Face, though by no means an easy one! From the eastern end of Llyn Ogwen, take a path along the base of Tryfan Bach and onto Tryfan proper, clambering up some rough scree to reach the Heather Terrace. The ledge wraps you all the way around to Tryfan’s southern peak, where you turn and make your final scramble push to the summit. Slowly descend back in a southern direction down to Bwlch Tryfan, and follow a nice wide path via Cwm Tryfan back out to your starting point along the A5.

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      Open details for Creigiau Gleision and Llyn Cowlyd

      Creigiau Gleision and Llyn Cowlyd

      16.7 km
      781 m

      The walk up Creigiau Gleision and Llyn Cowlyd is less renowned than many of its Snowdonia counterparts, but don’t let that dissuade you - this is an adventure with plenty of punch. Capel Curig provides an easily accessible starting point, from which you ascend through woods and heather along several summits before conquering Creigiau Gleision. Descend to the shores of Llyn Cowlyd, a formidable reservoir with steep cliffs surrounding its banks. The stroll along the lake and the following grassy path back to town are a lovely reward for your efforts.

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      Open details for Llyn Parc Circular Walk

      Llyn Parc Circular Walk

      10.5 km
      436 m

      The Llyn Parc Circular Walk is a fantastic way to spend a few hours in the woods! With a clearly marked path through undulating forest slopes and a beautiful lake to stop beside, it’s an accessible adventure with just enough challenge to keep you on your toes. Start from Betws-y-Coed, and follow the yellow waymarkers as you go - the rest is up to you.

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      Open details for Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant Circular Walk

      Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant Circular Walk

      7.7 km
      286 m

      There are plenty of ways to explore Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant - why not a walk that visits both? This circular route starts from the Llyn Geirionydd car park and follows its western shores before looping around a central hill and heading south. The return portion overlooks the serene waters of Llyn Crafnant as you ascend through the forest before descending to rejoin your initial path. A lovely look at two beautiful lakes!

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      Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd from Capel Curig

      15.4 km
      586 m

      If you’re looking for a longer walk to Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd, the village of Capel Curig makes for the perfect access point. This circular walk provides a healthy section of elevation change before a stroll along the shores of each gorgeous lake. The return trip brings you through verdant forests before leading right back to the village - just in time for well-deserved refreshments!

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      Open details for Druid’s Circle Walk

      Druid’s Circle Walk

      9.8 km
      482 m

      The Druid’s Circle Walk is a unique adventure in the hills of northwestern Wales. While plenty of Snowdonia walks offer incredible scenery, few provide a face-to-face look at prehistoric stone formations like this one does. Beginning from the coastal town of Penmaenmawr, you’ll work uphill through farmland and open hills to reach the Druid’s Circle. This collection of Neolithic ruins has plenty of stories to tell - if you listen closely enough! A quick summit of Moelfre follows before walking along the North Wales Path on a pleasant stroll through open meadows. The Jubilee Walk loops you around to your starting point to cap off the outing.

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      Open details for Carnedd y Filiast Circular Walk

      Carnedd y Filiast Circular Walk

      13.8 km
      1,000 m

      This Carnedd y Filiast circular walk provides incredible views from each of the four summits along the route, the perfect adventure for those with a head for heights! Starting from the Ogwen visitor centre, you’ll head for the northern shores of pristine Llyn Idwal before summiting the iconic Y Garn peak. From there, it’s a journey north along the mountain ridge to Foel Goch, Mynydd Prefedd, and finally Carnedd y Filiast itself. The descent requires some navigation skills, but the final stretch along the valley road is as straightforward as can be.

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      Open details for Alltwen to Mynydd y Dref Walk

      Alltwen to Mynydd y Dref Walk

      4.9 km
      273 m

      Alltwen to Mynydd y Dref is a wonderful walk when you’re a bit short on time for Snowdonia’s larger mountains, or if you’re visiting Conwy and want some excellent views of the area. The walk starts at a lay-by along a road running south of the mountains, and quickly ascends to the summit of Alltwen. Then it’s north to Penmaen-Bach, the second of your three summits, with the opportunity for a quick scramble if you’re keen. Finally, the North Wales Path leads you to the top of Mynydd y Dref (Conwy Mountain). After taking in the sea views, return along the North Wales Path back to the lay-by to wrap up the adventure.

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