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A complete guide to Snowdonia mountains

Our top 5 picks

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If you’re looking for adventure, Snowdonia is the place to be. From mountain ranges, rivers, and lakes to endless valleys and thick forests, Snowdonia has so much on offer. To get you started we’ve listed the best mountains to climb in Snowdonia on your next walking and hiking holiday in Snowdonia.

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Our top 5 Snowdonia mountains

1. Snowdon

First on our list of Snowdonia mountains is the iconic Snowdon, one of the most recognised landmarks in North Wales. At an impressive 3,560 feet tall, Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales attracting thousands of tourists each year. There are six routes to choose from and the summit of Snowdon offers breath-taking views across Snowdonia, Anglesey, and Pembrokeshire.

Fun fact about Snowdon: it’s the highest mountain in Wales.

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View from the top of Snowdon in Snowdonia, Wales

View from the top of Snowdon in Snowdonia, Wales.

2. Carnedd Llewelyn

One of the highest mountains in Snowdonia, after Snowdon, Carnedd Llewelyn sits proudly in the Carneddau range. At 3,491 feet tall, Carnedd Llewelyn is a popular peak renowned for rolling hills and grand corries (a hollow in a mountainside). There are approximately 13 routes to choose from and the summit boasts a big dome-shaped plateau, meaning you have to walk around to take in the best views.

Fun fact about Carnedd Llewelyn: it has been noted for its long lying snow patches.

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Path up to Cwm Idwal looking back at Carnedd Llewelyn.

View of Carnedd Llewelyn from Cwm Idwal.

3. Glyder Fawr

Another of the highest mountains in Snowdonia, is Glyder Fawr, the highest peak in the Glyderau range. At 3,284 feet tall, Glyder Fawr translates to ‘big mound’ in Welsh and is popular with adventurers thanks to its impressive views. There are many routes to choose from and the summit offers views across Ogwen Valley to the north, and Snowdon Horseshoe to the south.

Fun fact about Glyder Fawr: it is the 5th highest mountain in Wales having had its height recalculated in 2010 using GPS.

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A view of the craggy pinnacle of Glyder Fawr, Snowdonia.

A view of the craggy pinnacle of Glyder Fawr, Snowdonia.

4. Tryfan

Next on our list of Snowdonia mountains, is Tryfan, one of the most exhilarating mountains to climb in the area. At 3,011 feet tall, Tryfan is situated between the picturesque villages of Capel Curig and Nant Peris. There are 3 distinct routes to choose from and the summit boasts views across Snowdonia.

Fun fact about Tryfan: forms part of the Glyderau range, and is one of the most recognisable peaks in Britain.

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Mount Tryfan above Llyn Ogwen in Snowdonia National Park in Wales

View of Mount Tryfan above Llyn Ogwen in Snowdonia National Park, Wales.

5. Cader Idris

Last on our list of the best mountains to climb in Snowdonia, is Cader Idris. At 2,930 feet tall, Cader Idris is one of the most popular mountains in South Snowdonia thanks to its varied choice of ascent routes. There are 3 routes to choose from, each offering a challenging climb and taking around 6 hours to complete. Once at the summit, experience breathtaking views of the Welsh landscape and coastline stretching for miles.

Fun fact about Cader Idris: the distinctive shape of the mountain's peaks can be seen for miles, from the coastlines at Tywyn to Barmouth.

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Top of Cader Idris

View from the top of Cader Idris.

With so many Snowdonia mountains to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice on your walking and hiking holiday in the UK. Follow the link to view an interactive map and discover more Snowdonia mountain names to explore on your break. 

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