Snowdon Horseshoe | Wales, 2005

b_4Distance :  9.3 miles (15km)

Avg.Time :  5 hours

Start / Finish :

Season :  March to October

Maps / Info :

  • Outdoor Leisure Series 1:25,000 Sheet 17.
  • Click here for trekking notes and a map of the route.
  • Summitpost.org provides a comprehensive overview of the Snowdonia region.

Route / Conditions:

  • Well marked trail, which in fine weather is not difficult to follow.

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  • Caution needs to be exercised on the exposed section between Crib Goch and Crib y Ddysgl. Very narrow at times, the knife-edge ridge is not for vertigo sufferers and shouldn’t be attempted during periods of inclement weather. Be sure to check the forecast before setting out.
  • After negotiating the Crib Goch, it is difficult not to have an ironic chuckle upon reaching the summit of Mt. Snowdon. If the weather is fine, you can be guaranteed it will be chockablock with day trippers who have made the extremely arduous journey up to the summit via steam train.

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Overview :

  • Both challenging and spectacular, personally speaking the one negative associated with this hike is the Mt. Snowdon Summit complex. The large concrete edifices seem incongruous with the beautiful natural surrounds. That being said, if the weather happens to take an unexpected turn for the worse, I imagine a steaming cup of hot chocolate or a pint or two at the Summit Cafe would go down a treat.  😉

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