The Snowdon Horseshoe

November 8, 2016
See Outside from the summit of Snowdon

The Snowdon Horseshoe is a must-do route for any discerning hill walker/climber. Taking in the knife sharp ridge of Crib Goch, the equally exhilarating  Garnedd Ugain, the summit of Wales’ highest peak, Snowdon and the much quieter Y Lliwedd. The Snowdon Horseshoe is a classic route but it’s not for the feint hearted. The exposure on parts of the route is what makes it so exciting, and getting away from the crowds on the more popular tracks is an added bonus.

Veering off the Pyg track before you reach the wooden stile, a good hands on scramble lies ahead up to the knife sharp arête. From here it’s a hands on traverse along the ridge.

Staying to the left hand side reduces the risk as the drop off the right is sheer.

Crib goch is categorised as a grade 1 scramble although the exposure can make it feel a little more serious at times. Getting stuck on the ridge is a common occurrence and should not be attempted by anyone with a fear of heights!

The Snowdon Horseshoe

After reaching the highest point of Crib Goch (923m), the exposure continues as you reach the Pinnacles and then on to Garnedd Ugain. Joining the Llanberis path at the plateau, there will be considerably more people about as you near the summit of Snowdon. As you pass the summit and continue over the other side to the South West, the crowds will disperse and the views will open up. Perfect spot for a brew!



A steep descent down a loose scree track (Watkins path) will take you to the foot of Y Lliwedd. The scramble to the top is good fun- it can be made more difficult and dangerous by sticking to the left hand edge, or easier by staying right. Fewer people and a vista over Crib goch make this final climb hugely enjoyable!

View of Y Lliwedd from Snowdon

Scrambling over the twin summits and over the other side, the path is slightly more obvious to the bottom.

Eventually the path joins the Miner’s path at the edge of Llyn Llydaw for a relaxing stroll back to the Pen y Pass car park.

Lakeside hut in the mountains

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This route definitely isn’t the easiest route and should only attempted by confident walkers with the correct equipment. The mountains can be unpredictable and being unprepared could cause serious issues.

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