Walks from the club hut

Here you'll find a list of recommended walks to whilst staying at the hut, most start and/or finish at the hut. The walks vary in length from a quick nip into LLanberis to a full blown mountain epic. 

1. LLanberis via the old railway
This is the quick way. Go up the lane to the road. Right and down to the bridge at the exit of Llyn Padarn (Pen-y-LLyn). More-or less straight on is a fence across the disused old road. Follow this to A4086. Cross and right a bit leads down onto the old railway just north of the tunnel. Through the tunnel and a very pleasant easy stroll to the northern end of Llanberis. 

2. Llanberis via Fach Wen and the woods
A pleasant stroll that can be combined with the Llanberis via old Railway route, (1). As for (1) to the bridge but then go left and round alongside the lake past ‘Electrocution Wall’ and up the hill steadily to Fach Wen village. Not far after the phone box, there is a small gate guarding a path that leads steeply down. Follow this as it turns to run parallel to the lake edge down to a little valley. It then climbs to a fabulous little view point (Allt Wen) and then descends to the area west of the slate museum by Vivian quarry. Rather than the museum access road, there is a path across the field to the lake-side car park in Llanberis. 

3. Elidir Fawr Circuit
The best circuit is to walk up the road until it is as far north as it gets under Carnedd Y Filiast and take the track that leads to one of Snowdonia’s best viewpoint summits. The via Mynydd Perfedd to turn south-west to join the track up Elidir Fawr. From the summit continue southwest on the ridge for maybe 100m to a broad col and then drop off down an easy diagonal track that leads easily down the scree to a wire fence. From this it’s a short walk to Elidir Fach summit, then a lovely ridge leading north down gently, then steeply back to the hydro road. This route can be reversed and it can be shortened by walking all the way up the hydro road to the southernmost part of the dam wall, over the fence and then straight up the ridge making for Elidir Fawr summit. This is surprisingly easy. 

The hydro road to Marchlyn Mawr has opened up the northern side of Elidir Fawr as an easy day, with a number of possible 2-3 hour circuits for a short day out. From the hut drive up the hill towards Bangor. At the top take the right towards Deiniolen then the left for Mynydd Landygai but follow this road round to the new hydro road and to easy parking at GR 595632.

4. Snowdon from the hut 
Snowdon 'direct' from the hut and back via ‘walk’ (1) and the Llanberis path in less than two hours has to set a very high standard, at least as a pure fell run, the Bowline equivalent of a four minute mile. Get your fell running shoes on and take up the challenge if you like a big run, or if your aspirations are more leisurely paced then just enjoy it as a pleasant walk. For those of you with a competitive streak the best recorded time is 2 hour 10 minutes (John Redmayne). If you better this, make sure you let us know, there might be a pint in it for a sub 2 hour time.

5. Moel Eilio Ridge walks
A truly great day out climbs Snowdon via its northern ridge. Either drive and park or walk via the old railway line to Llanberis, then up either of the minor roads that lead up Moel Eilio. The first one leads steeply up to the col at 557599 (as on the descent in the Snowdonia Marathon) then you swing south up the ridge to Eilio. The second is the YHA road which leads up to the foot of the NE ridge of the same hill. From Eilio, take the ridge SE over Foel Gron, Foel Goch, and Moel Cynghorion (fabulous running and views of 'Cloggy') eventually to join the Snowdon Ranger track steeply up to Snowdon top. Return via the Llanberis track, a gentle jog downhill. 

This circuit can be cut short at Telegraph Col before Moel Cynhorion or at the col by Clogwyn Du’ Arddu with a return back to Llanberis. For those who like a pint, an alternative is to drop off westwards at Telegraph col to Snowdon Ranger and then to the Cwellyn Arms in Rhyd-Ddu. Return via Telegraph col. 

6. Llanberis Skyline 
This a truly brilliant day out covering a lot of ground that begins and ends at the hut. Unless you are very fit it will take all of a long day. The first objective is the end of the minor and disused road at 595672. Up through the quarry, generally keeping left until you reach the 'armco' at the new top hydro road. Then hand rail the fence and eventually emerge on to the col between the two Elidirs. Cross the fence, then a diagonal line across the scree leads to the top (shelter). Easy going along Foel Goch and Y Garn to a long descent (fences again) to Llyn y Cwn.

There are several ways up Glyder Fawr and if you are going to mess up the navigation it will be here. The best way is probably up the obvious (at least it is if there is no mist!) gully a couple of hundred metres past the lake exit or more fun by the rock ridge (Diff maybe) straight ahead. From the top of Glyder Fawr lose all that lovely height by taking the broad ridge that leads SSW to a steep bit, then swing SE. It will seem a long way to Pen Y Pass PYP). Next it's Crib Goch, Snowdon, and amn up and down switchback via 'Cloggy', Moel Cynghorion, Foel Goch, Foel Gron, and Moel Eilio from which you drop easily down the ridge to the NW easily to Llanberis. This walk can be cut short at PYP and either catch a bus back to Brynrefail or, better, descend to Nant Peris and follow the road through the quarries to emerge at Bus Stop Quarry and so down to the hut. 

7. Welsh 3000's
The classic and well worth a go if you've never done it. It really does help to have a support car, though club members have often done it without, including several double traverses. Start early, 7 to 9 hours will be needed and the current knowledge wasn't gained without several failures. 

The BCC 'approved' way starts with Crib Goch from Pen y Pass, then via Crib Y Ddysgl to Snowdon. The best discovered way down uses the track and/or railway to Clogwyn station, where you dive off north down into Cwm Glas Bach. If you go well left (facing down) and scramble a bit down a gully, this leads to a good running line losing all that lovely height to the road at Blaen yr Nant. From Nant Peris it's a long diagonal slog up Elidir Fawr, then the length of the Glyders down the gully to the east of Bristly Ridge and so up Tryfan. 

Descent to Ogwen by the West Gully, which has some recent improvement work on the path. All that's left is another hard slog up Penyrolewen then tick off the Carnedds (not forgetting to branch out for Yr Elen). From Foel Fras's huggable trig point (over which it is said more bottles of champagne have been broken than any other), we've usually continued north and then rolled down very steep slopes into Cwm Anafon and the track to meet support at GR675716. Mature reflection suggests that it might be better to reverse back to the col below Foel Fras, descend the river valley to Aber Falls, and then take the easy track down accross the scree and though the woods to the bottom car park.

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