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Mount Snowdon

Mount Snowdon lies at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, an area of unspoiled natural beauty in Central Wales. At 3,560 feet, it is the tallest mountain in Wales and the tallest in the UK outside the Scottish Highlands. The range of routes leading to the higher reaches of the mountain, however, makes it a firm favourite with families and you don\u2019t have to be an expert climber or hiker to access some of the most stunning views in the UK.

There are six main routes to the summit and the Snowdon Sherpa Bus runs a shuttle service around the base of the mountain. This shuttle connects both the starting points of the six routes and the villages that surround Snowdon, making it easy to explore the area and find the route that suits you best.

The paths up to the top of Snowdon, which have names like Llanberis Path, Pyg Track and Rhyd Ddu Path vary in length between seven and a half and nine miles, with the longer paths often being less steep. In most cases, the climb to the top should take approximately three hours.

For the less energetic, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The only rack and pinion railway in the UK that can be used by the public, it has been ferrying people up and down Snowdon since it was opened in 1896.

At the summit you can soak up stunning views across the UK, taking in, on a clear day, 24 counties, 29 lakes and 17 islands. If the weather is against you, take shelter in the award-winning visitors\u2019 centre Hafod Eryri, which was opened in 2009.


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YHA Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass - Hostel £11
YHA Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass - Hostel

YHA Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass - Hostel

Pen-y-Pass, Nantgwynant, Caernarfon
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 27 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Caernarfon, this hostel is steps away from Pyg Track, Miner's Track and Pen-y-Pass. Mount Snowdon is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

    YHA Snowdon Ranger - Hostel £12
    YHA Snowdon Ranger - Hostel

    YHA Snowdon Ranger - Hostel

    Rhyd Ddu, Caernarfon
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 4 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated on a lake, this hostel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Caernarfon Castle, Mount Snowdon and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle is 10.7 mi (17.2 km) away.

      YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant - Hostel £11
      YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant - Hostel

      YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant - Hostel

      Nantgwynant, Caernarfon
         
        3.4
        of 5, from 9 reviews
        1.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Caernarfon, this hostel is 3.2 mi (5.1 km) from Mount Snowdon and within 12 miles (20 km) of Dolbadurn Castle and National Slate Museum. Swallow Falls is 10.6 mi (17.1 km) away.

        The Royal Victoria Hotel £68
        The Royal Victoria Hotel

        The Royal Victoria Hotel

        Llanberis, Caernarfon
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 775 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Caernarfon, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dolbadurn Castle and National Slate Museum. Caernarfon Castle and Menai Bridge are also within 12 miles (20 km).

          Craflwyn Hall
          Craflwyn Hall

          Craflwyn Hall

          Beddgelert, Caernarfon
             
            5.0
            of 5, from 4 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Beddgelert, this eco-friendly guesthouse is 4.1 mi (6.7 km) from Mount Snowdon and within 12 miles (20 km) of Portmeirion Sands and Portmeirion Central Piazza. Criccieth Castle is 12.3 mi (19.9 km) away.

            Sygun Fawr Country House £74
            Sygun Fawr Country House

            Sygun Fawr Country House

            Beddgelert, Caernarfon
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 117 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in a national park, this country house is 4.2 mi (6.8 km) from Mount Snowdon and within 12 miles (20 km) of Portmeirion Sands and Portmeirion Central Piazza. Criccieth Castle is 12 mi (19.3 km) away.

              YHA Snowdon Llanberis - Hostel £11
              YHA Snowdon Llanberis - Hostel

              YHA Snowdon Llanberis - Hostel

              Llwyn Celyn, Caernarfon
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 6 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Caernarfon, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dolbadurn Castle and National Slate Museum. Caernarfon Castle and Menai Bridge are also within 12 miles (20 km).

                Plas Tan y Graig £71
                Plas Tan y Graig

                Plas Tan y Graig

                Smith St, Beddgelert, Caernarfon
                   
                  4.9
                  of 5, from 24 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Beddgelert, this bed & breakfast is close to Gelert's Grave, Aberglaslyn Pass and Moel Hebog. Local attractions also include Llyn Dinas and Watkin Path.