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Llanberis Path

Llanberis Path

Llanberis Path

Page Type: Route

Location: Snowdonia, Wales, Europe

Lat/Lon: 53.07206°N / 4.08005°W

Object Title: Llanberis Path

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Just walking

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Page By: Nanuls

Created/Edited: Jun 5, 2007 / Jan 15, 2015

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The Llanberis Path is the longest, most gradual, and easiest route to Snowdon's summit, consequently it's also the busiest. It pretty much follows the line of the Snowdon Mountain Railway 7km up the turfier rather than rocky northwest ridge, and in fact crosses the tack on several occasions. Because the route doesn't follow the crest of the ridge the views are somewhat restricted with only Clogwyn Ddu'r Arddu providing any real interest, this coupled with the fact that the path is often overflowing with tourists makes for a highly unsatisfactory excursion. It's difficult to recommend the Llanberis Path to anyone, however if you want to run (it is the same route as the Snowdon Race) or cycle to the summit then the gradual nature of the slope is much better suited to these sports. If you are intending to cycle then be sure to get up and down before 9am as there is a voluntary ban on bikes after this time.

The path is probably better suited as a descent route, the shallow gradient being easy on the knees, taking the walker straight into Llanberis.

Getting There

Llanberis (SH 582 597) is a town on the A4086 and can be reached from the north via the A487 by turning off at Caernarfon (SH 482 627); or from the south via the A498 which runs from Tremadog (SH 562 400) through Beddgelert (SH 590 481) to Pen-y-Gwryd where it meets the A4086.

The Llanberis Path
The Llanberis path from the summit

Route Description

The route starts on the road opposite the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis and follows the tarmac road around Coed Victoria and past a small cottage where it leaves the road and becomes a broad stony path. The path is well trodden and hard to miss even in low visibility and if your not sure your going the right way the long line of walkers should give the game away.

The path rises gradually becoming steeper as it gets closer to the railway track. The path then crosses under the railway just before Halfway Station (SH 597 574) and continues on the right side of the track, getting steeper towards Clogwyn Station (SH 607 560). Some of the best views of the mountain can had from here so be sure to take some photos of the famous Clogwyn Ddu'r Arddu.

Just after Clogwyn Station the path crosses back over and follows the left-hand side of the track with some 200m between them. After about 1km the path joins the PYG Track and the Snowdon Horseshoe route on Garnedd Ugain and the path closely follows the railway track the rest of the way to the summit.

Clogwyn Ddu r Arddu
Clogwyn Ddu'r Arddu (Photo by JoeHarris)

Essential Gear

Just a good pair of good boots, waterproofs and some lunch. If walking in winter make sure you also carry ice axe and crampons.


Open Space Web-Map builder Code
Navigation Maps

OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL 17 Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa

OS 1:50k Landranger Series 115 Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa

Harvey Map Services 1:25k: Snowdonia North: Snowdon, Glyders, Carnedds

Harvey Map Services 1:25k: Snowdon

Harvey Map Services/BMC 1: 40k British Mountain Map: Snowdonia North

Road Maps

OS Travel Map 10 Wales/Cymru & West Midlands


Snowdonia (Official National Park Guide)
The Mountains of England and Wales: Vol 1 Wales

Snowdonia (Official National Park Guide) by Merfyn Williams

The Mountains of England and Wales: Volume 1 Wales (Cicerone Guide) by John and Anne Nuttall

Hillwalking in Wales Vol 1 (Cicerone Guide) by Peter Hermon

Hillwalking in Wales Vol 2 (Cicerone Guide) by Peter Hermon

Hillwalking in Snowdonia (Cicerone Guide) by Steve Ashton

External Links

The classic view of Snowdons...
Photo by markradford

Government Bodies and Official Organisations

Snowdonia National Park Authority

Council for National Parks

Association of National Park Authorities

Natural Resources Wales


Royal Commission on Ancient & Historical Monuments in Wales

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust

Snowdonia Society

The National Trust

Hiking, Climbing and Mountaineering Organisations and Companies

British Mountaineering Council

The Climbers’ Club


Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre


Hightreck Snowdonia


Mountain Weather Wales

Weather from the Met Office

BBC Weather

Tourist Information

Visit Wales

North Wales Tourism Partnership

Local Information from Gwynedd.com

Local Information from Snowdonia Wales Net

North Wales Index


Welsh Public Transport Information

UK Train Timetable


Youth Hostel Association in Wales

Pete's Eats

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

Maps and Guidebooks

Ordnance Survey

Harvey Map Services

Cicerone Guidebooks

Climbers’ Club Guidebooks


North Wales Bouldering

Cordee Travel and Adventure Sports Bookshop

Wildlife and Conservation

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Natur Gwynedd

North Wales Wildlife Trust

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds


The Llanberis PathSnowdon Highland RailwayLlanberis PathClogwyn Ddu\'r Arddu