Snowdon Ranger Path

Posted by Brian Sayle on 25 May 2017 | Comments

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Snowdon Ranger, this was my fifth route to the summit of Snowdon and I couldn't of picked a nicer day to do it earlier in the month, the route starts from the Snowdon Ranger station.

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Snowdon Ranger Station, built in 1878. This is a unmanned halt on the narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway, trains call only by request. One went past while I was there, I was hoping it would stop and pose for a picture! Anyway onwards onto the route.

The first thing I noticed on this route was this wonderful water wheel

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Looking back towards Llyn Cwellyn, the car park is next to the lake on the A4085

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En route now, looking back west with Castell Cidwm above the lake

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Looking south towards the Nantle Ridge, I did that ridge a week later, images from that trip coming soon

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The start of the path zigs and zags a bit, steady climb, its very well defined but also very rugged before leveling out onto a cleaner path, I would say this is around SH571552

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One thing I would say is this route it is pretty obvious, you shouldn't lose the path, it is also very quite, hardly anyone takes it, which is a bonus as Snowdon can be very busy. Looking east towards Cwm Clogwyn, the path starts to climb again here

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Looking back, the strong sun highlighting the route!

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Lots of scree lots of stones, the main pic was taken just after this.

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Llyn Padarn in the distance, this reminds me the Llanberis path I still need to do just to be a completists

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This route pics up the line of the railway and the Llanberis path, and the track is all the way to the summit from here

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I started from the car park just after 3pm and it was 7pm when I made the summit, the day was far to nice to not take it easy and enjoy the view, looking at the south ridge

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The view easterly with Crib Goch and the Glyderau in the distance

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Heading back I caught a stunning sunset, darkness coming, I didn't make it back to the car without my headlamp but I never do!

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This set on Facebook has 75 images from the route Facebook Snowdon Ranger Set

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