In this week’s instalment of our online series of AT’s favourite 100 hikes worldwide (first appearing in our 2012 special celebratory edition of Adventure Travel which marked its 100th issue), we turn to Wales for one of the UK’s finest ridge walks and one of the best routes up Snowdon – The Snowdon Horseshoe…
It’s only a day long, but we’re happy to put this beauty right near the top of our UK list. The Snowdon Horseshoe is probably the UK’s most famous high-level walk, and it’s easily the most spectacular way to summit Wales’ highest mountain.
The crux is the infamous Crib Goch knife-edge ridge and it’s exhilarating whether you’re an experienced mountaineer or a first-timer. And if you’re worried the route’s going to busy, just start nice and early.
Photo: Mike Bean
Unless you are properly equipped and experienced, you should probably not attempt the route in high winds or in winter conditions and it is not one for anyone with a fear of heights. The walk starts at Pen y Pass and sees you cover just over seven miles and roughly 963m of ascent. It’s an experience you certainly won’t forget in a hurry.
Intro photo: Kris Williams