is the geology of Snowdon like?
Snowdon area geology comprises many different rock types. Mostly Volcanic
origin with Rhyolite and Dolerite being the most common. The two types
can be clearly seen from Pont y Cromlech in the Llanberis Pass. Looking
toward Crib Goch (south west), the crags known as Dinas Mot (due south)
have a smoother central 'nose' which is Rhyolite and darker, rougher
much more vegetated 'wings'. These are Dolerite. It is also worth noting
that the summit of Snowdon itself is the remains of an extinct volcano.
How long does it take to climb Snowdon?
A typical party may take 5 to 6 hours up and down. But some slower parties
may take considerably longer. It would always be wise to allow at least
three hours to descend before nightfall, also do not start up with only
three hours light left !!!.
I've been told that in good weather Snowdon is not that dangerous
and I don't need lots of fancy outdoor gear. Is this true?
Settled weather is rare and cannot be relied upon. So it makes sense
to be prepared for a change. Many of the people we are called to help
have got into difficulties through lack of the basic clothing and equipment
advised on our site.
Are the paths on Snowdon easy to follow and which is the easiest?
There are six main paths up Snowdon
- Llanberis Path - Miners Track -
- Pig Track - Rhyd Ddu Path -
- Snowdon Ranger Path - Watkin Path -
All are fairly well defined in clear conditions but people do get lost
in mist or darkness.
The Llanberis path is generally considered to be the easiest to follow
Extreme caution is needed in winter on descent it can be dangerous,
when there is snow on the mountain there are no easy ways up or down.
Does Snowdon have snow on it all the year round?
Snow conditions are common and often persistent from October and can
linger up to early June.
Are there organised guided walks up Snowdon
For information about guided walks see our day walks page for more information.
Where can you get a good weather forecast for Snowdon?
Visit our weather page
Will the Snowdon Hotel and café be open and can I stay there?
The summit hotel has no overnight accommodation and is closed throughout
the winter. Information about summer opening times can be obtained from
SnowdonMountain Railway on Tel:- 01286 870223 or
Do not rely on the Hotel or café being open in summer as it may
be closed during high winds or bad weather.
Is it possible to suffer altitude sickness on Snowdon?
No! The British mountains are not high enough to cause altitude
sickness. But walking uphill is hard work and people with breathing
or chest complaints should take particular care.
If in doubt seek medical advice.
Llanberis, the village at the foot of Snowdon has been
described as The Chamonix of Wales
Snowdon race - link to table of the
fastest times up and down since 1976.
dur Arddu on Snowdon was the first rock climbing cliff to have
a whole book devoted to it The Black Cliff cost £2.55
when first published in 1971 and if you can find a good copy it is now
worth in excess of £250 !