Intro to the Snowdonia Way
View from the Glyderau ridge (aka, the Gliders), one of the finest traverses I’ve hiked anywhere.
Here’s a quick run-down of the Snowdonia Way:
Length: 97 to 123 miles, depending on whether hiking the high or low route
Navigation and route conditions: As a route, I enjoyed how the Snowdonia Way mixed well-established trails with off-the-beaten paths, tracks, right-of-ways, following ancient stone walls, and cross-country scrambling. There are no sign posts, markings, or mentions of the Snowdonia Way anywhere on the ground. This is a point the guidebook author could’ve done a much better job emphasizing. This is a route. That’s one reason why this guidebook is more useful than almost any other I’ve purchased before, specifically when it comes to navigating on right-of-ways through private farms (we’d call them “ranches” in the U.S.). We also found the downloadable GPS track mentioned in the back of the book to be useful.
Resupply: the trail is broken into 6 segments, with resupply at the beginning of each segment. In a few places, the route also passes cafes or other resupply options.
More information: Since this is a brand new route, the only information we could find on the route was the Cicerone book, the Snowdonia Way by Alex Kendall. He devised the route himself in the same way that American thru-hikers develop their own dream routes. Cicerone guide books are the gold standard for European hiking, so the information and layout are of a much higher standard than what I’ve seen for most freshly-minted routes.
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