Looking towards the peak of Snowdon, May 2016

While Snowdon has many paths with varying difficulty, most Three Peaks Challengers will follow either the Pyg Track or Miners Track, leaving from the Pen-y-Pass car park, on the A4086. While this car park can be full at weekends, further parking is available either to the East, at Pen-y-Gwryd, or to the West at Nant Perris. Shuttle buses run every half hour or so during busy times, between all three car parks.

Both the PYG track and Miners track are marked on the Snowdon OL 17 OS Explorer Map.

During the Summer months, the Snowdon visitor centre, Hafod Eryri, will be open at the peak, for a quick refreshment before descending.

Snowdon carpark postcode

The postcode for the Pen y Pass car park at Snowdon is LL55 4NY — parking here costs £10 all day, or £4 for 4 hours.

Snowdon bus service

On Saturdays from Easter Saturday to the end of October, the Snowdon Sherpa Bus Service operates regularly between Nant Peris and Llanberis, taking walkers to the Pen y Pass car park, for £1.50.

Accommodation at Snowdon

Snowdon maps

Organised Snowdon Walks

We regularly arrange walks of Snowdon, as well as other mountains around the UK. For details, please see our mountain walks pages.

Upcoming Snowdon Walk dates

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Routes on Snowdon

Pyg Track

Starting from the Pen-y-Pass car park, the Pyg Track leaves from the higher level area of the car park. Beginning briefly as a tarmac path, it is mostly rocky with steps towards the top. A large upright stone half an hour from the top marks the join of the Miners Track. A second marker stone below the final ascent points you towards the summit.

The Pyg track includes a distance of 7 miles, 11km, up and down, and an ascent of 723 metres.

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Miners Track

The Miners Track also begins from Pen-y-Pass, but leaves from the opposite side of the car park. The Miners Track is largely smooth, as it winds around Llyn Teyrn, Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn - the three lakes leading to the peak of Snowdon. The Miners Track then ascends quickly, to join the Pyg Track, and continue to the peak of Snowdon. When descending, the Miners Track intersection with the Pyg Track is marked by a large standing stone.

Also starting from the Pen y Pass car park, the Miner's Track also ascends 723 metres, and is 8 miles, 13km, up and down.

Transport to and from Snowdon

Most groups completing the Three Peaks Challenge will arrive here by car or minibus — there is limited parking available at Pen y Pass, at a cost of £4 for four hours or £10 for the day. More parking is available in Llanberis.

Travelling home from Snowdon is best done by train from Bangor, which has good connections to the north and south via the West Midlands. is recommended, to save money on tickets bought in advance - be sure to allow plenty of time after you aim to complete the challenge, in case of delays.