Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles of north-west Wales and contains the country’s highest peak, Snowdon.
The region, designated as a national park in 1951, was sculpted by glaciers, leaving behind a spectacular landscape of craggy mountains and hills, deep valleys and over 100 lakes.
The mountains around Llyn Idwal in northern Snowdonia ©Getty
There are numerous ways to explore the park – mountain biking routes, driving tours and even by canoe – but for a truly immersive experience, why not take on one of Snowdonia’s best walks?
From a classic Snowdon ascent to a less-gruelling riverside amble along the Afon Artro, here is the list of the best walks in Snowdonia. Click on your favourite walk for full details of the route, including instructions and a map.
Ellyn Cwellyn and Mynydd Mawr in north-west Snowdonia ©Alamy
Enjoy this nine-mile mountain walk through open hills and slate quarries in the Snowdonia National Park.
Yr Eifl, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd
Looking north at Yr Eifl and the Llyn Peninsula ©Alamy
A three-hour loop walk above the verdant valleys of the Llyn Peninsula and on to the crown of Yr Eifl with views of the Menai Strait.
Mawddach Estuary, Gwynedd
Barmouth Bridge over Mawddach Estuary ©Getty
Savour the beautiful scenery on this 10-mile walk to the stunning Cregennen Lakes in the foothills of Cader Idris in Snowdonia National Park.
- 15.3km/9.5 miles
- 6 hours
Route and map
Llanbedr Woods, Gwynedd
The Afon Artro is 4.5 miles long ©Getty
Pass through this ancient woodland teeming with wildlife in north-west Wales. This walk is especially glorious in late summer and autumn when the woods are filled with colour and foraging creatures.
Snowdon summit in snow ©Getty
Take on the peaks and crags of Snowdon and immerse yourself in what is one of the wildest places in Wales with this seven-mile mountain walk.
Tŷ Hyll, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy
Ty Hyll (The Ugly House), Snowdonia ©Alamy
Despite its epithet, this stocky-stoned, moss-spattered building, enveloped by lush oakwoods, may just be Snowdonia’s most endearing tearoom. If somewhat sluggish after a lunch of succulent ‘secret recipe’ Welsh rarebit, a stroll may be required.
Llyn Tegid, Gwynedd
Ellyn Tegid, known as Lake Bala in English, sit in the east of Snowdonia National Park ©Getty
Known in English as Lake Bala, Llyn Tegid is the largest natural lake in Wales – explore its banks and surrounding forests in the east of Snowdonia National Park with this 8.5-mile hike.
- 4.5 hours
Map and route.
Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst, Conwy
Wonder around the lush grounds of Gwydir Castle in Snowdonia ©Alamy
Stroll around this Tudor mansion and its former estate on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales’ northern region of Conwy.
Aber Falls, Gwynedd
Autumn encroaches on Aber Falls in Snowdonia ©Getty
Admire Aber Falls and discover the surrounding history and wildlife on this dramatic valley walk through the north-west fringes of Snowdonia National Park.
Coed y Brenin, Gwynedd
Coed y Brenin waterfalls ©Getty
This refreshing 3.5-mile route through ancient forest, thick with greenery, mist and roaring torrents is the perfect family walk.
Harlech to Llandecwyn, Gwynedd
Bryn Cader Faner – or ‘The Welsh Crown of Thorns’ as it is often called – was described by archaeologist Aubrey Burl as one of the wonders of prehistoric Wales ©Alamy
From the cylindrical towers of a 13th-century castle, ascend into the Snowdonia mountains to follow a prehistoric trackway to an extraordinary Bronze Age cairn.
- 15.9km/9.9 miles
- 6 hours
Route and map
Llyn y Dywarchen, Gwynedd
Llyn y Dywarchen, Gwynedd ©Getty
Hike through deep valleys, along meandering forest paths and beside an old mountain railway to a mysterious lake in Wales’ Snowdonia National Park.
Cnicht, Snowdonia ©Alamy
Venture into the Moelwynion mountain range in Wales, climbing through a prehistoric landscape to the pyramidal zenith of mighty Cnicht.
- 14.7km/9.1 miles
- 5-6 hours
Map and route