Winter Walks in Snowdonia National Park, Wales

It covers over 800 square miles (1288 km) and is rated in Europe’s top 10 national parks. Snowdonia National Park was designated in 1951, and since then, tourists have flocked to this rugged part of north Wales for its crystal clear lakes and rivers as well as its walks. And walks are one thing that’s not missing in Snowdonia.

So, here are a few walks to check out the next time you’re in the park during the winter.

Snowdonia North Wales

There are many walks to experience in beautiful Snowdonia National Park in Wales during the winter. Photo Shutterstock/ Valdis Skudre

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Snowdonia Winter Walks

You’ll find many options, from the challenging Snowdon to less strenuous circular walks. If you choose a less difficult route, you still need to be cautious, as the terrain can quickly change.  So make sure to bring sturdy footwear.


For those who relish a challenge, Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak, has around six paths to its summit. Far from being an afternoon stroll, they’re well worth it. Once there, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view in all directions.

Due to the inevitable gradients, changes in weather, and potentially slippery conditions (remember your traction device), winter hiking on the steeper routes is better suited to the more seasoned hiker.

To get there, why not consider using the Snowdon Sherpa bus for sustainable travel? Though the service is less frequent in the winter, this bus shuttles around Snowdon’s base and all six footpaths.

Llanberis Path

Llanberis Path is the most gradual incline of the six paths to the summit. However, it is the longest and runs for nine miles (14.5 km). Although a very popular route, the path can be hazardous in winter at higher elevations. As long as you’re prepared, the experience far outweighs the challenge, as you’ll see incredible views from the top.

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Miners’ Track

The Miners’ Track is slightly shorter that the Llanberis Path by one mile (13 km). It presents no less a challenge, however, and as its name suggests, has links with copper mining. The hike from the car park is gradual at the start, and although there are several changes in gradient – and direction – on the way, things get considerably steeper near the end. It’s worth it, though, because once you’re there, it’s like being on the roof of the world.

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Explore the challenging walk of the Miner’s Track to the Snowdon summit. Photo: TheLiftCreativeServices via Shutterstock

Circular Walks

The circular walks around Snowdonia National Park can span a few hours to a whole day and are ideal for families.

Torrent Walk

The Torrent Walk, around 4 km (2.5 mi) long, takes in the Clywedog river gorge, a spectacular channel and home to a wide variety of plants and wildlife. You’ll also find some hidden industrial remains, which include several mills and an iron furnace. If you’re looking for fewer people, try this winter walk.

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Precipice Walk

The Precipice Walk is a moderate leisure walk of around two hours and suits the whole family. The walk takes you through part of the historic Nannau Estate. But the focal point of this hike is the stunning view of the Mawddach Estuary and the distinctive and legendary Cader Idris.

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Branwen Walk

One of the more moderate leisure walks is the Branwen Walk. This walk starts and ends in Harlech and runs for around two miles (3.2 km). The trail has a slightly different slant as it takes in the town, its castle, and the area around the coast. No less stunning in terms of scenery, the circular Branwen Walk suits all ages.

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Mawddach Trail

On the southern part of the National Park is the Mawddach Trail, which follows the Mawddach Estuary with Snowdonia’s rugged and glorious scenery as a backdrop.

At nine miles (14.5 km) long, this trail is considered one of Britain’s best. You can join the path at several points, and picnic tables and benches are dotted along its length. The trail is even suitable for families with pushchairs.

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three bikers on trail near river with bridge and fall/winter trees in background

In addition to walking, you can also cycle the Mawddach Trail. Photo: Linda George via Shutterstock

If You Stay

Snowdonia offers accommodation to suit all tastes, from quaint cottages B&Bs, hotels, and luxury holiday rentals.

For the budget conscious, try the Pentre Bach Bunkhouse. The converted stone barn promises rustic comfort over two floors with fantastic views. It sleeps up to 16, is accessible and pet friendly, and is close to Snowdon’s main footpaths.

Glyntwrog House in Betws-y-Coed is a beautiful Victorian-style guest house offering bed and breakfast in an ideal location. You are guaranteed a warm welcome and a great place to relax at this property in Snowdonia National Park. Finally, to set you up for a full day’s hiking, a Welsh breakfast from Glyntwrog House is highly recommended.

Visit Snowdonia National Park

With nearly 1,500 miles (2414 km) of public footpaths, spectacular scenery, and rare forms of wildlife, Snowdonia National Park, in its own way, remains unique. It’s the only place in Britain where you’ll find the Snowdon lily, the Snowdonia hawkweed, and the Snowdon beetle with its rainbow colouring. Snowdonia attracts about ten million visitors a year, and when you’ve been there, you’ll understand why.

What is your favorite winter walk in Snowdonia National Park? Please let us know in the comments below.

This article was first published on November 10, 2014, and was most recently updated on December 20, 2022. 

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