Snowdon Fact File

snowdonSnowdon is a mountain located inside of the Snowdonia National Park towards the North of Wales. The mountain stands at 1085m above sea level, making it the largest mountain in England and Wales, and the second largest in the whole of the United Kingdom.

Snowdon’s name comes from the Old English name for the mountain snaw dun, which means “snow hill’. Although the name suggests that there will be buckets of snow on the mountain, the summer months rarely see snow. Usually snow will be present from October up until early June.

  • The mountain was used by Edmund Hillary while he was training for his famous expedition up Mount Everest.
  • There are a number of well established and clear routes up to the summit of Snowdon, giving many¬†different¬†levels of walkers and climbers plenty of option. There is also the Snowdon Mountain Railway which can take visitors to the mountain both up and down, running throughout the days in the Summer.

There are 6 main routes up Snowdon:

  • Llanberis Path – Miners Track – Pyg Track – Rhyd Ddu Path — Snowdon Ranger Path – Watkin Path.
  • Snowdon is famous for its wild, beautiful flowers, such as the rare Snowdon Lily that grows on its slopes.
  • The views that can be enjoyed up Snowdon are simply spectacular. With clear views, you will be able to see all over Wales, England, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
  • Snowdon along with Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, makes up the National Three Peaks Challenge.
  • Besides walking, Snowdon is popular with biking, scrambling and climbing. There are several wonderful cliffs that can be enjoyed by climbers and abseils.
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