registering and signing in at the start point in the car park in
front of the Legacy
Royal Victoria Hotel you will be transported by our free
shuttle bus to Pen Y Pass where you will receive your pre climb
briefing before setting off for the summit of Mt Snowdon.
Miners Track to Llyn Glaslyn was built during the last century
to serve the Britannia Copper Mines, abandoned in 1917. The
Track is well defined and obvious until you reach Llyn Glaslyn
but after that the path to the summit is considerably steeper
and can be a serious undertaking especially in winter. The path
starts at the far end of Pen Y Pass car park.
first the path contours gently with fine views down the Gwynant
Valley on your left. The valley was carved out by a slow moving
glacier during the last ice age which ended about 10,000 years
ago. After a short while a sudden right turn in the path reveals
the three peaks of the famous Snowdon Horseshoe, from left to
right they are Y Lliwedd (2947 ft.), Yr Wyddfa or Snowdon our
destination (3560 ft.) and Crib Goch (3023 ft.). You are now
about 1300 feet above sea level.
soon pass above Llyn Teyrn, a small lake on your left the
ruins you can see on the lake shore are the old miners
barracks. The path continues to climb gently until you come to
Llyn Llydaw. Make sure you take the right hand path as you near
the green valve house and continue on to and over the causeway
that crosses the lake. Some of the most impressive views of
Snowdon are to be had along this stretch of the route.
The lake itself is a glacial corrie lake, gouged out of
the mountain during the ice age and is 190 feet deep.
the lake shore you can see the derelict sorting and crushing
mill of the Britannia Copper Mine and shortly beyond that you
encounter the first steep section of the path up to the third
lake Llyn Glaslyn. On reaching Llyn Glaslyn, the ruins you
pass on the right are the former barracks where the miners lived
during the week and just after the barracks you will come to a
path that ascends very steeply up the slope in front of you to join the Pyg Track. For many this part of the ascent is the
most demanding and difficult part of the climb as you pick your
way slowly and carefully up the rocky path.
junction of the Pyg Track is marked by a conspicuous striated
boulder turn left here and follow the track until you reach
the Zigzag. The route upwards from here is well defined and has
been subject to a great deal of work by the Snowdon National
Park Authority. The path has been edged with rock filled gabions
to prevent the scree above from engulfing it. This part of the
climb is very steep and quite strenuous so take your time.
Please treat this part of the ascent with great respect and keep
strictly to the path.
up the Zigzag until you reach the 8ft marker stone at Bwlch Glas
this is where the Miners / Pyg
Track meets the Llanberis path which will be your route
down after reaching the summit.
So now turn left again and follow the path up to the top
from here it is a relatively easy 15 minute climb but please
do not be tempted to walk along the Snowdon Mountain railway
track at any time. Not only is it forbidden but it can cause
serious erosion to the track bed and can be dangerous especially
in wet conditions. You must keep to the path which follows a
line along the edge of the ridge well to the left of the railway
track which soon reaches the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) at
1085m or 3560 feet.