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    Snowdon via the South Ridge

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    884 m
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    Snowdon via the South Ridge

    As the tallest mountain in Wales, Snowdon offers plenty of choices for exploring its legendary slopes. This route via the South Ridge provides some respite from the seemingly inescapable crowds while also providing convenient access from the village of Rhyd-Ddu. Easily navigable trails lead you past abandoned quarries and up the South Ridge to Snowdon’s peak before descending along the Rhyd-Ddu path back to your starting point. This is a perfect option for those keen on a big adventure with a little less route-finding expertise.

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    Route Description for Snowdon via the South Ridge

    Leaving the car park, cross the railroad tracks and follow a straightforward path east towards Bwlch Cwm Llan. This track used to be an access road for mines in the area, so the going is relatively easy. Keep walking east until you reach the Bwlch. This is the low point between Yr Aran on your right and Snowdon on your left.

    Turn left to begin your ascent up Snowdon. The path is clear, with very little navigation needed. Some steeper sections may call for a touch of scrambling, but nothing requiring special concern. Eventually, the Rhyd-Ddu path meets your South Ridge Trail on the final push towards the summit. Again, this section isn’t particularly technical, but you should be comfortable with heights as the mountain face drops away on both sides of your climb. No matter the season, you’re likely to encounter other climbers along this last stretch and at the summit itself.

    Naturally, the views at Snowdon Peak are nothing short of breathtaking. The eastern view over Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw is the most famous angle, but it’s impossible to find a spot that doesn’t impress. When you’re ready to descend, head back the way you came down to Bwlch Main, then bear right along the Rhyd-Ddu path. This well-trodden route will take you back to the initial track you came in on—turn right and follow this back to the car park.

    Getting to the Snowdon via the South Ridge Trailhead

    To access Snowdon via the South Ridge, head to the village of Rhyd-Ddu. A large car park sits beside the Welsh Highland Railway station.

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