Walking and rambling in Snowdonia
From the front door of all our Snowdonia hostels you will be treated to unrivalled access to some of the UK's finest walking and hiking territory.
From YHA Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass: There are three routes to top of Snowdon; Crib Goch if you're not afraid of heights (but not suitable for young people), Miners Track, and the Pyg track. There are lots of other walks from the hostel including circular routes suitable for all levels.
If you’ve already conquered the mountain opt for a scenic six mile hike around the mountain lakes. Follow the Pyg Track out to Llyn Glaslyn and then back via the Miner’s Track to take in Llyn Llydaw. It was here, so the story goes, that Sir Bedevere threw Arthur’s sword Excalibur back to the Lady of the Lake. Snowdonia is a land of legends, and you’re in for a truly magical stay.
From YHA Snowdon Ranger: The Snowdon Ranger Pass is one of the easier routes up Snowdon, suitable for less experienced walkers and families. You'll be rewarded with the best views over Snowdonia and the coast.
From YHA Snowdon Llanberis: Located at the foot of Snowdon, you can walk the Llanberis path straight from the hostel. There's also easy access to other Snowdon routes, the Glyders and lots more spectacular high level walks. For low level walks visit the Padarn Lake and Country Park, or explore the history of the slate industry on marked paths through the quarries.
From YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant: The Watkin Path up Snowdon starts very close to the hostel. The hostel itself overlooks Llyn Gwynant - great for low level walking with Snowdon providing a stunning backdrop. YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant is in 42 acres of land, most of it woodland, so there are plenty of trails in the hostel grounds - perfect for families.
Other things to do nearby
Try the brilliant tracks directly across the road from the hostel. Crib Goch offers grade 1 scrambling opportunities, with lots of famous climbing crags available in the immediate area.
Walk around Llyn Idwal and discover stunning waterfalls, the famous Devils Kitchen and the magnificent Snowdonia hills - beautiful on any day of the year.
There are many local crags within easy walking distance in the area, so you won’t have to walk far before you can start climbing.
Discover a landscape that was sculptured by ice thousands of years ago.
Glyder Ridge Distance: 5.5 miles/8km Start/Finish: Ogwen car park, Llyn Ogwen, LL57 3LZ Terrain: Mountain track, trail Toughness: Challenging Ascent: 731 metres &
The best climbing in the whole world, well, so the hostel manager says! You'll find all varieties of rock and levels.
Llyn Ogwen is very popular with fishermen. You might even catch a Gwyniad, a sub-species of European white fish, trapped in the lake after the Ice Age 10,000 years ago.
Travel on Britain’s only rack and pinion railway to Hafod Eryri, the stunning new visitor centre at the Summit of Snowdon. Visit the website
High level activities to get the heart racing! Enjoy the leaps, swings and zip line with spectacular views of Snowdonia.
Discover the timeless appeal of narrow-gauge steam trains. Enjoy views of Snowdonia as you travel along the shores of Llyn Padarn.
Electric Mountain is home to the Dinorwig Power Station, set in the mountains of Snowdonia and dubbed "Britain's largest battery" this hydroelectric station houses 6 electric generators producing
Tour the large colourful chambers, magnificent stalactite and stalagmites and copper ore veins with traces of gold and silver. Visit the website
Surrounded by some of the best climbing in Britain, there's plenty of choice with single pitch and multi pitch routes, bouldering problems and a variety of rock types to suit all levels.
The hostel is a short drive from the Forestry Commission's Marin Trail with its challenging ascents and technical descents - best for experienced mountain bikers.
The hostel is close to several Sustrans cycle network routes and other spectacular road routes, either through the hills or along the flatter coastal roads, all within breathtaking scenery.
Snowdonia Watersports (previously Surf Lines) offers an exciting range of adventures combining new skills, travel, exploration and an element of risk. Visit the website