In the April 2018, I plan to walk a variation of the Snowdonia Way.
This is based on the route in the great Cicerone Press guidebook by Alex Kendell.
The Snowdonia Way is a route, rather than a way-marked trail, with two variations of the official route – a 97 mile low-level route and a 122 mountain route. I plan to walk north from the southern terminus using a combination of mountain and low-level stages, my choice of stages being largely weather dependent.
The map above shows the low-level version of the route. Currently my preferred route is:
Days 0 and 1 – mountain stages 1A+1B Machynlleth to Dolgellau crossing over Cadr Idris
Day 3 – stage 2 Dolgellau to Trawsfynydd (14 miles/22.6 km with 790m ascent)
Day 4 – stage 3 Trawsfynydd to Beddgelert (18.5 miles/29.5 km | 930m ascent)
Day 5 – stages 4A and 4B, climbing Snowdon via the Watkin path, then descening to Pen-y Pass, before climbing Moel Siabod, ending at Capel Curig.
Day 6 – stage 5A, climbing over the Glyderau (Fach and Fawr) to Bethesda.
Day 6 – mountain route crossing the Carneddau mountains to Conwy, bagging peaks Carnedd Gwenllian, Foel-fras and Drum along the way.
Why day 0? I’ll be setting out about 2pm after catching a train to the start, giving me about 1.5 days to do stage 1a and 1b.
Update June 6th 2018 – I walked the first part of the route but headed home from Trawfydd due to the weather – read all about it here.
Stage 1B – Foul Weather Alternate
A GPX file showing the route I walked form stage 1B, to avoid the snow on Cadr Idris) is linked here.
This could prove useful if you walk stage 1A, then decide that stage 1B is not on due to weather. It skirts around the south of the mountain, and only involves short sections of road walking, but take care on these roads as they can be very busy. More info will be linked here when I have written it.