Miners Track

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 53.07206°N / 4.08005°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hiking
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Mostly easy walking which steepens markedly towards the end
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The Miners Track (approx 5.5km) is one of Snowdon's most popular routes, taking a relatively gradual approach around its northern lakes before rising steeply at Glaslyn where it joins the PYG Track and the Llanberis Path up to the summit. For the average walker and mountaineer alike it’s an extremely enjoyable walk combining spectacular views of Snowdon, Y Lliwedd, Crib Goch, Moel Siabod and the northern lakes, with a tour of the mountains industrial relics including the miner's barracks at Llyn Teyrn and the old mine buildings on the shores of Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn.

Getting There

The starting point for Miners Track is the Pen y Pass car park (SH 647 555) at the zenith of the Llanberis Pass, which can be reached easily by road on the A4086 that runs between Llanberis (SH 582 598) and Capel Curig (SH 719 580).

Owing to the popularity and sheer number of routes that start here the Pen y Pass car park often fills up quickly so if you want to park there a very early start is recommended. Luckily there are other options, the first of these is an excellent park and ride which runs regularly all day (including weekends and bank holidays) from Nant Perris (SH 607 582). The second option is the Snowdon Sherpa bus service which has various stops around the mountain and runs from Llanberis, Bettws y Coed, Caernarfon, Beddgelert, Bethesda, and Porthmadog. Be sure to check timetables first as you don't want to end up missing the last bus and find yourself stuck, of course in these situations hitching is always and option.

Llyn Llydaw Llyn Llydaw
(Photo by Nanuls)
Snowy hills reflected in Llyn TeyrnLlyn Teyrn
(Photo by igneouscarl)
The Miners TrackMiner’s Track
(Photo by Nanuls)

Route Description

The Miners Track begins at Pen y Pass and starts by contouring around the southeastern slope of The Horns. It follows the contours westward to meet the northern shore of Llyn Teyrn where it continues in a southwesterly direction around a small ridge. About half a mile after Llyn Teyrn the route reaches Llyn Llydaw, and it is here that one of the most majestic views of Snowdon can be seen, together with a full view of the mighty cliffs of Y Lliwedd on the left and the brilliantly red Crib Goch on the right. From here the track crosses Llyn Llydaw via its famous causeway, built in the 19th century to aid the transference of men to and from the mines on the far side of the lake and at Glaslyn. The path then follows the lakes shoreline for half a mile passing a number of derelict mine buildings along the way. The most prominent pf these is the old crushing mill of the Britannia Copper Mine which in its day was one of the most advanced mills in the country and was worked by a water-wheel fed from Glaslyn high above. At the last complex of ruins the path bears right and becomes steeper, roughly following the main stream that flows out of Glaslyn. On reaching Glaslyn the gradient eases for a short while as it follows the lakes eastern shore to another set of ruined buildings where it bears right once more becoming much steeper. From here the path climbs around 400m up to Bwlch Glas joining the PYG Track after some 120m along the way. This section of the route zig-zags up the southern slope of Garnedd Ugain before levelling out at Bwlch Glas where it bears left and joins the Llanberis Path along the final stretch to Snowdon's summit.

Essential Gear

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


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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


External Links

Snowdon ViewLlyn Llydaw (Photo by Phillip Stasiw)

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



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