The watkin path is regarded as the original and the most picturesque walk to snowdon summit and first designated footpath in wales and to the summit of snowdon, named after Sir Edward Watkin,liberal member of parliament and railway entrepreneur who when retired moved to a chalet on the foothills of snowdon built the path to enable his visitors to walk to the summit of snowdon safely.
officially opened in 1892 by prime minister William Gladstone who was 83 years old at the time to a crowd of 2000 people from a stone which is now called the Gladstone rock.
the path is regarded as the hardest way up as it starts a little above sea level, when considering the miners path and pyg track start at pen-y-pass at 359 meter's above sealevel and snow snowdon summit at 1085 which is a accent of 726 metres and where the Watkins path is a accent of 1015 meters would be considered a true full climb of snowdon summit.
The walk starts of wooded and opens to open country side and the last stages are extremely steep on loose stone so consideration needs to be taken before tackling this route as also the fast changing weather welsh mountain weather.
interests of the walk are Carry on up the Khyber was filmed here which i included a photo of what was the Khyber pass in the film, a old stone cottage which was used for a army exercise for the D-Day landings,Waterfalls, the Gladstone rock, old mines,also legend goes king Arthur was struck by a arrow in foothills of snowdon.
the walk we completed was about completing the Watkin path, some mountain photography and not a so much about the summit of snowdon as i feel the summit over rated, as a prefer the less climbed mountains such as Carnedd Llewelyn wales second tallest mountain at 1064 meters above sea-level and only a difference of 21 meters but left unspoilt.
Distance: 8 miles (13km) (there and back)
Ascent: 3330 feet (1015 metres)
Time: About 6 hours (there and back)
Grade: Mountain Walk
Start / Finish: Pont Bethania Car Park, Nant Gwynant, off the A498
(SH 627 507)
Relevant Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL 17 (Snowdon & Conwy Valley)
Though you are in the Snowdonia National Park,
please remember that the path crosses the
privately owned farm and grazing lands of
Gwastadannas, where dogs are not welcomed
unless under close control or on a lead.
On your way to the summit you will see evidence
of essential footpath restoration work carried out
by the National Park Authoriy. Please keep to the
footpath to prevent further erosion
above: the Khyber pass in carry on up the Khyber ..... here is the link to the part used in the film.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-3dqb1izAo
above; Snowdon in the distance of the photo with the summit covered in cloud
above; the cottage used for D-day exercise, bullet hole are visible on the wall
below: Yr Aran on the left of the photo, we will properly walk up this in the winter
below; the Gladstone rock
Above;old Barrack block for mine workers
below, the same buildings but with Yr Aran behind it
above; heading into the clouds
above. Glaslyn and the miners track visible on its accent of the snowdon summit.
below; heading well into the clouds
above; everyone claiming there place on snowdons summit
below; the weather changed on the decent, this photo was our last of the day and looking back towards the watkins path