A great circular walk from Llanberis in North Wales. This is a moderate walk on mountainous areas and should take about 3 to 4 hours round trip. Wear boots, take a map and compass as well as some waterproofs. A short steep walk gets you onto an amazing broad ridge with spectacular views.
This route starts from the Snowdon Railway station (Sat Nav LL55 4TY), pass it towards the Victoria Hotel, and turn right at a mini roundabout. Follow this road (with a terrace to your left) until there is a right turn that takes you under the Railway Viaduct. Continue, keeping to the left where the road forks and you will see a cattle grid to your left with a sign for the “Waterfall”. Follow this road, and then there is a path at the end of the road (before a farmhouse) where the path continues quite clearly across a couple of fields. Cross the fields and you will arrive on a muddy road, turn right along this until you come to another farmhouse and a tarmac road going right (and into the village). There is also a stile, across which we go and head for the ridge of Braich y Foel.
You veer left around the side of the ridge, and gain it by less steep ground following a wide worn eroded path. This path reaches a saddle in the ridge where you need to turn right and follow the worn mud steps up the mountain. You finally reach the top and the gentle ridge lays ahead. It’s grassy, and steepens as you get higher. There is a fence to your right that you can follow as far as the summit. Though, before the summit, you reach a ninety degree turn in the fence where you follow the fence obviously left. Over a stile and you’re at the summit shelter. The views from here are amazing over the Menai straights and across the whole of Snowdonia.
The rest of the ridge is pleasant, and on a clear day beautiful views of the Nantlle Ridge. If you continue along the ridge you will reach the final summit, Foel Goch (not to be confused with Y Foel Goch or Foel-goch on the Glyderau ridge). It is a steep descent to Maesgwm, fortunately remaining on my feet for the entire descent, and retaining my dignity.
Once you are down off the slope head down to Llanberis, along the well used path.
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