Snowdon Ranger Path

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Snowdonia, Wales, Europe
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Time Required:
Most of a day
walk up3½ miles, 2¾ hrs

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Snowdon Ranger Path
Created On: Jan 31, 2002
Last Edited On: Jan 15, 2015


The Snowdon Ranger Path provides an easy route to the summit of Snowdon, and is easily achievable by walkers of all abilities. It is probably one of the oldest routes up the mountain, and is most likely named after, John Morton one of Snowdonia's first guides, who opened the Snowdon Ranger Inn, the building at the start of the route which is now a YHA hostel. When combined with the Rhyd Ddu Path, either as an ascent of descent route, it becomes part of a classic Welsh horseshoe set amongst some of the best scenery on the country.

Getting There

The Snowdon Ranger Path starts at the Snowdon Ranger Station car park (SH 565 551) on the Welsh Highland Railway and is located on the A4085 between Beddgelert (SH 590 481) and Caernarfon (SH 482 625). This is an ideal starting point for those wanting to climb on Clogwyn Du'r Arddu (SH 602 554). The carpark is also serviced by 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 an option.

mapDiagram of the Snowdon Ranger Path (left)

Route Description

The route starts on the A4085 next the Snowdon Ranger Y.H. and heads to the left along the side of the Snowdon Highland Railway first built in 1878 to connect Caernarfon and Beddgelert, it has now been re-opened and expanded all the way to Porthadog. A signpost directs the route right behind the Llwyn Onn farmhouse and Zig-Zags up the open hillside. After some 500 metres the path levels out, and crosses two streams. From here it continues over the southern slopes of Moel Cynghorion, avoiding the marshy ground in Cwm Clogwyn, where five small lakes cluster. From here the path heads up to Bwlch Cwm Brwynog which is reached at around 490m. The going gets harder as the route climbs upwards gradually steepening along a cairn-marked path to the top of Clogwyn Du'r Arddu. A monolith marks the point where the Snowdon Ranger Path meets the Snowdon Railway and the Llanberis Path, these tall standing-stones can be invaluable reference points to help you from loosing your way in poor visibility. The route then joins the Llanberis Path on its way to Snowdon's summit.

Essential Gear

Just a good pair of boots, waterproofs and some lunch. If walking in winter conditions 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 s lesser peaksThe Snowdon Ranger Path (Foreground) and Snowdon's northern peaks (background)
Clogwyn Ddu r ArdduClogwyn Du'r Arddu

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

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