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World Cup Willie
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HORN and I are planning an assault on Snowdon at the weekend.
There seem to be lots of paths. Which route can OTFers recommend which is suitable for two 40-somethings, plus two boys both aged 12?
We're looking for a challenging walk, without any serious rock-scrambling.

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I did Cader Idris on Saturday. Bloody hell it's hard work.
Snowdon is even higher. <shudders>

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World Cup Willie
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Higher, maybe...but I'm told that if you choose the right path it's no more than a stiff walk.
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WCW, given that there's a railway all the way to the top, I think the options include a walk which isn't even particularly stiff, at least for the under-70s/over-5s.
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World Cup Willie
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Thanks 7BB...that railway path is certainly the one with the shallowest gradient - and HORN knows a woman who claims to have done it in high heels. We're hopefully aiming for a little more challenge than that - shorter and steeper ideally.
So far the Pyg Track looks our favourite.

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I'd vote the Pyg track, it's much more interesting than the miners track and not that much harder work.

You'll all need a good head for heights though, and be careful the cloud can come in very quickly and the path is not well defined in places.

Last time I was on Snowdon I walked down the Pyg alone in the middle of a thunderstorm. Hearing thunder echo through the valleys was genuinely awesome, but watching lightning strike the ground no more than a couple of hundred yards away was rather nerve wracking.

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Yeah, I'm getting Pyg Track recommendations left, right and centre here, for exactly the reasons Sgt Pinback describes.
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Not the bit about the cloud coming in quickly, obviously!
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Or being struck by lightning either I presume?

You can go up the Pyg and come down the easier and better defined miners track. They start from the same car park.

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World Cup Willie
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Sgt P...that looks like the plan. Thanks very much.

HORN..Just in case of the clouds piling in, have you got a compass?

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We should have gone up Snowdon then. Cader was incredibly steep both up and down (we took a horseshoe path.)
At one point we were on shingle and loose stones going down a 45 degree incline.

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Sgt P - Yes, definitely!! My brain had converted "nerve wracking" into "exhilarating" for reasons I don't even want to think about.

Willie, I'll try and get hold of one tonight. Will it come with instructions?

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World Cup Willie
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You stick the pencil in one end and the pointy end into the paper.
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A neighbour of mine died on Snowdon. That's all I know about it. Take care.
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Take the Miners Track up and the Pyg Track down. Even better, park at Llanberis and catch the bus to the start of the Miners / Pyg track. You can then climb Snowdon this way but come down the easy way alongside the railway line.
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