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Snowdon via the ranger path.

Distance 10.37 mi : Time 5:56:26 : Avg Pace: 34:22 min/mi : Elevation Gain: 946 m

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Mt snowdon (Streetmap)at 1085m is ranked 3rd in the British Isles and is one of the most popular climbs. There are many routes up to the summit some very hard and some easy, but the amount of people climbing the easier routes can make them very busy. By doing some research I wanted us to get away from the throngs of people making for the top so we avoided the popular Llanberis and miners tracks and instead picked the Snowdon ranger path. The path starts at the youth hostel (Streetmap) next to the lake Llyn Cwellyn, this lake supplies water to Anglesey and is 37m deep in places. The ranger path is very easy to follow and when we climbed we hardly saw anybody on the way to the top, and also it keeps you away from the scree of the Watkins path but be warned the path is very exposed to the elements. On the day we climbed we were in T shirts at the bottom but near to the top winds of 40mph were present and we finished in hats gloves and all the gear so please don't underestimate the elements (this was july). The path is one of the oldest and gets its name from John Morton a snowdon guide he also opened the Snowdon Ranger Inn, this building is now the youth hostel
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As you near the ridge along Bwlch Cwn Brwynog you will clearly see a small reservoir called Llyn Ffynnon-y-gwas, this sits underneath the climb and it is interesting as you can see all the small streams feed water into this Reservoir and then watch this deposit water into Llyn Cwellyn underneath. The climb starts to get steeper at about 1500ft as you approach Clogwyn Du'r Arddu from the west, however the North ridge is one of the best climbing cliffs about but our route was a little easier! We soon started to see hoards of walkers coming along the Llanberis path, there are hardly any gaps and it gets worse at about 3250ft when all the paths to the summit start to meet. You will start to see the trains making there way to the summit station, we nearly missed them due to the dreadful weather that was blowing in from the south east. The railway dates back from 1896 and runs along a 800mm gauge track with a length of 4.7 mile, as you get close to the track you can see it runs on a rack & pinion method and it pulls itself up the mountain. The summit path is well stoned and soon the railway station and cafe come into view, at the top some stairs ramp up to the small platform and its just a case of pushing past people to have your photo taken for the record book. All in all a great climb of about 11 miles in total, back to the camp site and some better weather, however this did not last long and we were soon back to Snowdon weather and it threw it down. In the morning we decided to up camp and head south down to the pembrokeshire coast.

Pictures from the trip (using flash player)

Snowdon ranger route via Google maps