Mountain Walks that Aren’t Snowdon

Snowdonia National Park has more incredible mountain walks that aren’t Snowdon. If you want to go for a hike in the breath-taking scenery without the bother of the crowds you will find on Wales’ highest mountain, there are plenty of options. When staying at our static caravans for sale North Wales this summer, Snowdonia is a short drive away and a lovely place to spend the day with family. Take a look below to see what other mountains you can hike up in the coming weeks:

Bochlwyd Horseshoe

Bochlwyd Horseshoe is a scramble walk; walking up steep terrain using your hands as well as your feet, and it is not one to try for beginners. The route is about 4 to 5 miles in total and includes Tryfan, Bristly Ridge, Glyder Fach and Y Gribin. There is a mixture of fantastic views and exciting scrambles, which are doable in a few hours. You can park on car parks near the A5 and follow paths from there to start.

The Carneddau from Llyn Ogwen

The Carneddau are a group of mountains in Snowdonia which include six or seven of the highest peaks in Wales. The area includes several lakes and the famous Aber Falls too. Walking up any one of the Carneddau is a must for hikers visiting North Wales, and this longer route will mean you will tick off plenty on your list. The circular walk begins and ends at Glan Dena close to Llyn Ogwen on the A5, and is under 10 miles in length, lasting up to seven hours. You will see National Trust waymarkers at the beginning, with the red arrows showing the route to take, and the path includes a few scrambles on gradual ascents, ridge walks and fantastic views of surrounding Snowdonia.

Hiker looking over Cadair Idris in Snowdonia

Cnicht from Croesor

Cnicht is a mountain that is part of the Moelwynion range and its appearance from the south-west has earned it the name of the Welsh Matterhorn. The walk to the summit is often considered essential for hill walkers visiting Snowdonia. Cnicht can be accessed from the village of Croesor at its base, and is a reasonably short route at about four hours, though you can extend it by including other peaks in the Moelwynion range such as Moelwyn Bach and Moelwyn Mawr. There are some steep parts and navigating the descent can be tricky, but when reaching the summit, you will have one of the best panoramic views found anywhere in North Wales.

Nantlle Ridge

The Nantlle Ridge is a small range of mountains near the village of Rhyd Ddu and has excellent walking routes with fewer crowds than you would expect in Snowdonia. There are plenty of paths along the ridge, and one section is considered to be among the best spots for hill walking in the area, packing in several summits with lots of character; the huge cairn that is Y Garn, the rocky ridge of Drws y Coed and the flat summit of Trum y Ddysgl, among others. If you want a short, circular walk that includes the best bits, there is a route from Rhyd Ddu that consists of some steep inclines and scrambles and takes around three hours.

Cadair Idris via Minffordd Path

Cadair Idris, also known as Cader Idris, is a mountain in Snowdonia and almost as famous as Snowdon. There are three main trails up to the summit; the Pony Path is the easiest but longest, the Fox’s Path is the most direct but steep and at point dangerous. The Minffordd Path is a little more challenging than the Pony Path and also offers much better views. There are several steps starting off the route near the car park at Minffordd, and once these are passed, you have covered much of the ascent and can enjoy views toward Llyn Cau. The walk down can be hard to navigate – start off following the Pony Path, keeping an eye out for a track to the left as the junction is hidden.

Take a look at our blog to find out more about our holiday parks and tips on hiking with kids and other activities such as looking for wildlife and wild swimming locations.

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