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Hiking Up Snowdonia

I am planning to hike up Snowdonia sometime in May. There are companies like hfholidays.co.uk that offer accommodations, which appears to be very convenient, but the dates they have to offer might be less convenient for me.

I am wondering what others who have hiked up the mountain have done. I am hoping to not have to rent a car during my trip, but will do so if necessary. Are there good places to stay where I can perhaps get transportation to the trails that lead up there?

Thanks -

george

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To answer that question you need to know which of the six routes you intend to take up.

This website shows the six paths and shows in brief the bus connections which each of the 6 routes has. But yes, easy to do it independently. The Rhyd Dhu path (and I think the Snowdon Ranger path) also have rail connections from Caernarfon, Beddgelert and Porthmadog on the steam hauled Welsh Highland heritage railway.

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That looks like good information, I hadn't seen actual trails to the top, so that is quite helpful.

Thanks -

george

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Brings back memories.
2016. I had run up Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis earlier in the trip so was keen to "complete the set".
I realised we'd be going through Llanberis on our way from Caernarfon to Harlech. Crappy morning, the mountain train got cancelled because of the wind. No viz of the mountain from Llanberis. We parked at the Royal Vic. I jogged up to the summit and back down on the main tourist track, my wife just hiked to half way and turned back, I caught up with her back near town.
Minimal views, rain, knock you over wind gusts but a fun morning regardless. Reckon it would be a cracker of a jaunt on a clear day (a rarity).
Just over 2 hours up and back. Track was in pretty good nick. It's not super steep or rough as mountain tracks go
. Good lunch at the Royal Vic. Think we got a discount voucher when we paid to park there.
If the weather had been nice I would've taken an alternative trail up top.
Steve Marsh has a nice YouTube video of them hiking a different trail. Looked nice, fewer tourists, look it up on YouTube.
We were driving and sleeping in our van so no need for accommodation or public transport.

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Up by the PYG track from Pen y Pass ,down the " tourist ' path from the summit.

The Crib Coch route is altogether a more serious undertaking but a " top ten" mountain day.
I believe the shuttle bus runs from Llanberis still.

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That is good information. I think that I will probably stay in Llanberis, as that appears to be a main hub, to make transportation a bit easier.

george