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The Snowdonia Way

A walking route through Eryri from Machynlleth to Conwy

Guidebook to walking the Snowdonia Way in Wales, a long-distance route through Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park from Machynlleth to Conwy. The low-level route of 97 miles (6 to 8 stages) includes the Pass of Aberglaslyn, the Ogwen Valley and Aber Falls. The mountain route is 122 miles in 9 stages, including Cadair Idris, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and the Glyders.


Both the main route and mountain route can be walked throughout the year, though in winter conditions the mountain route requires full winter mountaineering equipment.


Machynlleth, Abergynolwyn, Dolgellau, Trawsfynydd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Beddgelert, Pen-y-Pass, Dolwyddelan, Capel Curig, Bethesda, Llanfairfechan, Conwy


Though the walking days are long, the main route is mostly easy to navigate and stays at a low level, only crossing passes when necessary. Walkers should be used to full days out. The mountain route requires good navigation and includes a considerable amount of ascent, sometimes with no path.

Must See

Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), Cadair Idris, the Glyders, Llyn Trawsfynydd, the Ogwen Valley, the Vale of Ffestiniog, Aber Falls, the Pass of Aberglaslyn, Llyn Gwynant, Llyn Ogwen, Nantgwynant, Coed y Brenin, the Moelwyns, Moel Siabod, the Carneddau, Machynlleth.
2 Feb 2017
12 Sept 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

Guidebook to walking the Snowdonia Way through Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park in Wales, from Machynlleth to Conwy, with low and high-level mountain options. 

The 97 mile (156km) low-level route is described over 6 stages of between 13 and 21 miles (21–34km) whereas the mountain route covers 122 miles in 9 stages of 12 to 18 miles (19–29km).

  • Route description illustrated with 1:50,000 OS mapping
  • Crosses the heart of Eryri (Snowdonia) via Dolgellau, Trawsfynydd, Beddgelert, Dolwyddelan, Capel Curig and Bethesda
  • Mountain route takes in Cadair Idris, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and the Glyders
  • The low-level route involves long days but mainly easy walking; the high-level route includes more challenging navigation, considerable ascent and some pathless terrain
  • Since they intersect regularly, it is possible to mix and match between the low and high-level routes
  • Information on facilities and selective accommodation listings
  • Notes on geology, history, plants, wildlife and folklore

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Alex Kendall Cicerone author KENDALL

By Alex Kendall

Alex Kendall is an international mountain leader, both in the UK and abroad, and has led overseas expeditions to various places including Svalbard, Oman and India, but always looks forward to a walk in the mountains of the UK. Alex writes infrequently for a few different online publications, and developed the Snowdonia Way, a new long-distance trail, his guidebook to which was published in 2017 by Cicerone. He enjoys walking, mountaineering and fellrunning and lives in Cumbria, in the western reaches of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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