Where is this walk?

Snowdon via Y Lliwedd

October 20, 2020

The southern part of the Snowdon Horseshoe is the least busy part of the mountain. Snowdon via Y Lliwedd is also one, if not the, best approach to the summit.

The Walk

I had climbed Y Lliwedd twice before but only as a concluding peak to the Snowdon Horseshoe. After Crib Goch it barely gets a notice. Therefore in 2019 I headed up with the family on a lovely clear and warm day to enjoy the mountain. This we did. It is a tough pull from Llyn Llydaw but a path makes things more straightforward. The ridge itself is superb, we spent some time exploring and getting in some much needed scrambling practice. Amazingly we only saw one other couple with a pretty border collie in tow. Both Mist and their collie duelly ignored each other as collies do.

After joining the Watkin Path there is a strenuous pull up to the main ridge of Snowdon. However the views to the south are excellent and I became tempted by a future walk up Yr Aran. It looks another pointy peak of great character. The crowds started appearing as we approached the summit and the predicted weather from arrived early. We actually descended the Pyg track in driving rain but descending by the Miners Track is quicker.

Recommend

If you do not tackle this walk off season you will find the Pen y Pass car park full by 8am latest. There is very little space. Although this can be irritating there is an efficient bus service that runs people up the valley to Pen y Pass from a series of car parks to the north. They tend to run every 20 minutes to half hour.

Navigation Tips on Y Lliwedd

The path is obvious from the Watkin Path. Before then make sure yo keep the steep land close on our right (but not too close). There is a path though tricky to follow in places.

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