This has to be one of my favourite ways up Y Wyddfa (Mt Snowdon). It really is as easy as the Llanberis path, but it is SO much more enjoyable!
The first time I did this walk I was accompanied by my Wife Liana (A VERY RARE THING INDEED!!!), my good friend Tom, my son George, and my little sister Ash. So it's definitely suitable as a "family" walk up.
It is perhaps one of the quietest ways up, but arguably (with the Watkin trail) one of the most picturesque. On a clear day you will see 5 or 6 lakes and your gaze can follow the peaks down the Llyn too.
I'm going to walk this path again soon so that I can take better images, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Starting from the Snowdon Ranger Hostel, the path begins parallel to the railway before crossing behind a farm and immediately "Zig Zags" it's way up a steepish section. It's not all that bad but it does get the legs pumping and will warm you up. After 6 or so "Zig Zags" the path levels out and stays fairly flat for a good long stretch now. As you shoulder over onto the flat section, Snowdon summit looms into view and you can see your goal for most of this walk now. The views of the summit are just wonderful in good visibility even from this level.
If you stop often and look around you will see lakes begin to appear in the valleys around you and for the adventurous there are some "off the beaten track" alternative ascents which I hope to do and will blog when I have.
Tom smiling for the camera as clouds descend behind....
Eventually you begin to rise slowly and circle the lowest of a cluster of lakes from the glacial bowl. Now another set of "Zig Zags" helps you elevate again more rapidly, then it settles into a "steady" rising path before settling once more into a flatter section. This can be quite exposed from the wind and when we went this was no exception....and cloud came in too!
Visibility can be poor here and the hard ground makes the path indistinct in places. Please keep well away from the left hand edge as it's very steep, very high, and has some of the toughest graded rock climbs in the area so walking off would not be advised...!
Liana's looking cold.....but Tom cheers her right up!!! Probably plotting what to do to me later!!!
A standing stone marks the point at which you cross the railway and follow the Llanberis path to the summit.
We MUST be at the top by now!!!!...Nope!
But now we are!!!!!
Again if you want to come down this way just turn left at the stone and you'll find yourself back on the path. This is an especially pretty way down too!