This guidebook describes the Snowdonia Way in Wales, a long-distance route through Snowdonia National Park from Machynlleth to Conwy. A low-level route of 97 miles (in 6 stages of between 13 and 21 miles) passes through the heart of Snowdonia’s stunning mountain scenery and includes Pass of Aberglaslyn, Ogwen Valley and Aber Falls. It is suitable for walkers of average fitness and stamina, though days are long. An alternative mountain route covers 122 miles in 9 stages of 12–18 miles giving a spectacular journey over the most famous peaks such as Cadair Idris, Snowdon and Glyders. The high-level route is more physically challenging and requires good navigation skills.
Full route descriptions for each stage are accompanied by OS maps and profiles. The guide also includes lists of accommodation and transport providers and a table of facilities to help with itinerary planning. Background notes on Snowdonia’s geology, wildlife and history and extra information about features encountered along the way will help you discover more about this ancient and beautiful land.
The Snowdonia Way
Plants and wildlife
When to go
Planning your itinerary
What to take
Maps and GPS
Using this guide
The Snowdonia Way
Stage 1 Machynlleth to Dolgellau
Stage 1A Machynlleth to Abergynolwyn (mountain route)
Stage 1B Abergynolwyn to Dolgellau (mountain route)
Stage 2 Dolgellau to Trawsfynydd
Stage 2A Dolgellau to Trawsfynydd (mountain route)
Stage 3 Trawsfynydd to Beddgelert
Stage 3A Trawsfynydd to Penrhyndeudraeth (mountain route)
Stage 3B Penrhyndeudraeth to Beddgelert (mountain route)
Stage 4 Beddgelert to Dolwyddelan
Stage 4A Beddgelert to Pen-y-Pass (mountain route)
Stage 4B Pen-y-Pass to Capel Curig (mountain route)
Stage 5 Dolwyddelan to Bethesda
Stage 5A Capel Curig to Bethesda (mountain route)
Stage 6 Bethesda to Conwy
Stage 6A Bethesda to Conwy (mountain route)
Appendix A Accommodation
Appendix B Facilities tables
Appendix C Useful contacts
Appendix D Further reading
Alex Kendall is a mountain leader, working in summer and winter throughout the UK and abroad, leading groups on day walks, challenges and long distance journeys. He enjoys getting people into the outdoors, especially through supervising Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions and running weekend walking trips for adults. He has been walking in Snowdonia for over 10 years having been introduced to these mountains as a student.
"An essential guide for anyone contemplating this north Wales challenge"
– Trail magazine
"With Cicerone you're always guaranteed the kind of detailed walking guide that brings fresh life to a trail, and this new Snowdonia Way handbook is no exception. Following a spectacular route through the national park from Machynlleth to Conwy, the 176-page guide will appeal to all Eryri-lovers."
– YHA Magazine
"The descriptions and depictions by the author Alex Kendall are tantamount to experiencing the highs of hiking across the Welsh Wonders of Snowdonia. As you are guided through the eyes of expert mountaineers, the realistic perspective of what to expect with detailed trails means that a large part of the planning has been done for you. Now the time has come to embrace Snowdonia's scenic sights."
– B-C-Ing U Magazine
"Inside Walking the Snowdonia Way you'll find all of the necessary information to get you prepared for the walk, while it also provides detail on the mountain route, a 122-mile walk that takes in the likes of Cadair Idris, Snowdon and The Glyders."
– Adventure Travel Magazine