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 rpoute 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.