been renowned for walking since Victorian times, hence the famous photo of
crinolined women on the summit of Snowdon. Since then the main mountains of
Snowdonia have been well trodden.
plenty of paths on Snowdon, the Glyders, and the Carneddau but the surrounding
mountains are often quieter and equally spectacular. For example, Carnedd Moel
Siabod with its dramatic arête, Cader Idris in the south of the Park and
the Rhinogs, also further south, with the 'Roman Steps' - a mediaeval packhorse
trail rising high up to cross a mountain pass.
These walks all require mountaineering skills including
navigation and a reasonable level of fitness, and are also weather dependent.
However, weather forecasts are available from Tourist Information Offices and
some outdoor shops. Many of the more popular routes up the mountains are not
necessarily public rights of way and are therefore not obvious on O.S. maps,
but plenty of books exist to guide you to the summits.
until recently is the wealth of footpaths in the lower hills and valleys which
provide all day walks with spectacular views of mountains without the same
effort. They are ideal for people unable (or unwilling!) to scale the heights,
and also for bad weather days. They include a great variety of landscapes
including woodland, forestry, farmland, moorland, rivers and lakes. As well as
the natural landscape there is a wealth of prehistory and history to be seen,
such as burial chambers (Capel Garmon), Welsh castles (Dolbadarn,
Castell-y-Bere and Dolwyddelan), ancient lead mines (Gwydir Forest) and
atmospheric slate quarries (too many areas to mention).
The best wooded valleys are
the Rivers Lledr and Llugwy and the Vale of Ffestiniog, while the Gwydir Forest
boasts the most varied walking of all the forests. As well as forestry it
includes farmland, moorland, mines and many lakes. Walking is generally fairly
gentle on tracks or paths.
Some routes follow old Roman
Roads e.g. Sarn Helen, while new cycle routes in the Bethesda, Bangor and
Caernarfon area also provide traffic free walks. A new long distance waymarked
walk has been labelled on the Outdoor Leisure Series of O.S. maps, crossing the
northern edge of the Park from Bangor to Prestatyn.
have produced three books of local walks in Snowdonia. All
books contain details of the walk, plus interesting background
information on the history of the landscape through which
the walks pass.
New! - Now you can still go walking if you have a child
with a pushchair. Walks in North Wales with a Pushchair includes
22 tried and tested walks suitable for a light weight pushchair.
For more information see the Hilary
Books advert in the shopping section of Snowdonia