Alternative peaks to Snowdon – Yr Wyddfa

Alternative peaks to Snowdon – Yr Wyddfa

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If you are looking to avoid the crowds this summer then check out our guide to our best alternative peaks to Snowdon without travelling far!

It is estimated that over 700,000 people summit Snowdon every year – so if you don’t want to climb with the crowds, where else can you go?

Snowdonia National Park (or Eryri in Welsh) and North Wales is home to far more than just Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)! Take a look at these great alternative peaks to Snowdon.

Moel Siabod (872m)

Sunrise over Rhos Quarry, Capel Curig, Snowdonia National Park, Wales, UK with snow capped Moel Siabod in the background.

If you are looking for views then Moel Siabod is a great alternative to Snowdon – on a clear day you can see 13 of the 14 Welsh 3000s making it one of the best views in Snowdonia.

There are a few options for the climb – the most direct (and easiest) route is from Capel Curig with a 10k walk mainly on paths and tracks. The pyramid shaped peak should be visible (in good conditions) making the route easier to follow.

For those who like a scramble – take the Daear Ddu ridge for more of a challenge.

Yr Aran (747m)

Located just south of Snowdon, Yr Aran is one of the quieter peaks whilst still being accessible for people heading to Snowdon.

Being so close to Snowdon you get some stunning views (including views of Snowdon itself) without battling the crowds to get a people free pic!

You can climb Yr Aran from Nantgwynant via the Watkin Path or Rhyd Ddu, both routes are on tricky terrain, but manageable in half a day.

Cnicht (689m)

Although a popular choice for walkers in Snowdonia Cnicht is no where near as busy as Snowdon itself. Known as the Welsh Matterhorn due to it’s distinctive summit – Cnicht is a great alternative.

Starting at Croesor the walking is good, with some tough patches, but the views from the Summit are worth it! 360 degree views looking north to Snowdon, south to Cader Idris and west to the Cardigan Coastline.

Arenig Fach (689m)

This is one for those who really want to avoid the crowds – and the terrain reflects that. There are no manicured paths or well worn tracks. Start at Llyn Celyn this moderately difficult walk will take you around 4 hours.

There is a large cairn marking the summit and views across the Migneint towards Snowdon.

Hopefully this blog has inspired you to get out walking! If you are in need of a new pair of Walking Boots to take on one of these alternate peaks to Snowdon – then check out our range.

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