Pen y Pass

Pen y Pass is a popular and busy starting point for Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). It is pronounced  ‘pen uh pas’ (rhymes with ‘gas’) and means ‘head/top of the pass’.


Pen y Pass is on the A4086, 5 miles up the Llanberis Pass from Llanberis.

Pen y Pass is the start of two major paths up Snowdon, namely the Pyg Track and the Miners’ Track. It is also the usual start for Crib Goch, which  follows the Pyg Track for the first mile.

The Pyg Track starts at the far end of the top car park, leading though a gap in the stone wall. The Miners’ Track starts at the far end of the lower car park, through a large metal gate.

Parking at Pen y Pass

See our page on parking at Pen y Pass (and options if it’s full).

Other facilities
  • There are toilets at Pen y Pass.
  • There is a café at Pen y Pass (open seasonally, though not always open mid-week).
  • There is a drinking-water tap for filling bottles, etc.
  • The Youth Hostel over the road has a licensed café and bar, and showers which can be used for a small charge.
  • Free WiFi at Pen y Pass (there is no phone signal)
  • Pen y Pass is served by Sherpa bus services S1, S2, S3 and S5 (which includes the Park & Ride buses) and local taxis.

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