Ascended from the Rhyd Ddu station car park (SH571525) and followed the well-marked Rhyd Ddu path in good visibility to about 500m. The visibility then started to close in and it also became increasingly wet and windy. By the time we got onto Llechog we were started to meet groups who had turned around because of the weather and it was quite interesting above Bwlch Main going up the south ridge, given the gusty nature of the wind. Nonetheless, there were queues on the summit of Snowdon going up to the trig point.
After taking advantage of the visitor centre café and the shelter it provided we went up to the summit of Garnedd Ugain (1065m) where it was even more windy than on Snowdon’s summit, before returning to the bwlch where the Llanberis Path and Snowdon Ranger Path separate, and followed the Snowdon Ranger Path down to the railway line.
A walk along the road to collect the car completed the round trip. Just beyond the village of Rhyd Ddu it is possible to get off the road and follow a footpath behind the houses to the railway station and car park – much more pleasant than the road. Of the two routes up, I much preferred the Rhyd Ddu, although in bad weather the Snowdon Ranger would be a much safer alternative.
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