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 (on Amazon).
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.
Routes on Snowdon
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.
Snowdon Pyg Track GPS/GPX route
Right click and 'Save As' here, to download Snowdon Pyg Track route for GPS devices.
See the map of Snowdon in full screen.
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. thetrainline.com
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.