An intro to... The Snowdonia Way: a new route through Wales
Have you heard of the Snowdonia Way? It's a brand new walking route designed by Alex Kendall to showcase the best of Snowdonia. Here's a quick intro to your next favourite walk in Wales.
Where is it and how far is it?
The Snowdonia Way has two main options making it accessible for people of all walking abilities:
The main route of the Snowdonia Way is low-level, and is 97 miles of constantly changing landscape, passing through woodlands, hillsides & moorland, and alongside lake-shore, riverbank and estuary.
The mountain route is 122 miles and takes in Cadair Idris, Snowdon, Cnicht and the Glyders.
Why should you walk the Snowdonia Way?
Snowdonia has that perfect mix of wilderness and accessibility, whilst containing everything from high rocky peaks, to forests and sandy estuaries. As a walker you really feel that you are out in the remotest corner of the world, before abruptly finding yourself in a village with brilliant pubs, cafés and accommodation.
On every day of the walk there is a different feature of huge historical, geological or cultural interest. It's astounding how much there is, and how regularly you come across sites in the landscape that on their own are worth travelling across the country to see. Neolithic remains, Edward I's castles and the great spoil tips of abandoned slate mines are just a few examples.
When should you go?
Despite the stereotype that the UK’s mountains are cold and wet, the spring, summer and autumn can be regularly warm and cloud-free. The low route of the Snowdonia Way is possible to walk all year round, although during very cold periods there can be snow on the passes. The high route stages are only possible in winter conditions with a full knowledge of winter mountaineering and appropriate equipment, including crampons and ice axe.
Where should you stay?
Places to stay are easy to find all along the route, ranging from campsites and hostels up to the very best hotels, and with everything in-between.
The author Alex Kendall says his favourite moment in the route is on Stage 4, "when you round the side of Moel Siabod and have the whole expanse of the Glyderau and Carneddau mountains suddenly before you. You then descend to walk between them, through the dramatic Ogwen Valley. There are also some great cafés on this day, which may also have something to do with it." (You can see why we like him.)
More Information about the Snowdonia Way:
The Snowdonia National Park Authority
The Snowdonia Way guidebook by Alex Kendall
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