The North-West Ridge route comprises the line of hills north-west of the summit, namely (in order from NW to SE) Moel Eilio, Foel Gron, Foel Goch and Moel Cynghorion.
The North-west Ridge as seen from the summit
Starting from Llanberis, this demanding ridge walk takes in these four grassy summits before descending to Bwlch Cwm Brwynog, where it joins the Snowdon Ranger Path near Llyn Ffynnon y Gwas, about half-way up that path. If then going to the summit, the total length via this route is 7½ miles, with much more than the usual amount of ascent.
The undulating nature of this ridge walk has led to it being called ‘the rollercoaster’ by some.
Another option to return to Llanberis is to descend on the Snowdon Ranger Path for about a mile, where a signed path leads off through Bwlch Maesgwm. This bridleway then follows part of the Maesgwm Round.
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