A walk at the foot of Snowdon from Pen y Pass to Llyn Llydaw via the Miners’ Track.
The Pen y Pass to Llyn Llydaw walk is an easy walk, indeed the walk is suitable for ramblers with mobility problems and the walk is promoted by the Snowdonia National Park as being accessible by wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility.
The Miners’ Track was built to serve the Britannia Copper Mine on Snowdon during the 19th Century and this two-mile section of the path has been widened and flattened to allow ease of access to wheelchairs, mobility scooters and push chairs.
Some mountaineering purists have expressed disappointment about this wheelchair friendly trail, however I believe that Snowdonia is big enough for such trail, although I have my concerns about the use of tarmac.
The route starts at the Pen-y-Pass car park and there is no need for directions as users simply stick to the pathway for the entire journey. There are wonderful views of both
the beautiful Gwynant valley below and the famous Snowdon Horseshoe as you climb very gently past the smaller lake of Llyn Teyrn en-route to Llyn Llydaw.
The ruins of the Britannia Copper Mine and their barracks can be seen
and the summit of Snowdon itself looms high above the trail.
After crossing the miners’ causeway across Llyn Llydaw we reach the turning point for our walk at the impressive copper ore crushing mill, while able bodied walkers might continue to climb the steeper track to Llyn Glaslyn and indeed the summit of Snowdon itself (be aware however that the route to the summit is hard mountain walking).
Review Pen-y-Pass to Llyn Llydaw Wheelchair Friendly Walk.