This path up Snowdon used to be known as the Beddgelert Path. It is the quietest of the six main routes to the summit, and without a doubt my favourite route. Out of high season, you could find yourself walking for many hours without seeing another person. You'll have the mountains and all the views to yourself, and what fantastic views.
This path will take approximately 3 hours to the summit and a further 2-3 hours to return. In the high season you could always descend via another of the Snowdon paths and then take the Snowdon Sherpa Bus back to the Rhyd-Ddu car park.
The path starts at the Rhyd-Ddu car park. Walk along the old track then turn right through the kissing gate and continue along the well-defined track. As you climb up Snowdon, look back at the magnificent Moel Hebog and the hills of Nantlle. This is a gradual climb and perhaps not the most technically challenging path up to Snowdon summit.
Further up, as you climb higher, there are some steep sections. The 'zig-zag' before the ridge is energy-sapping and then there is the exposed ridge walk/scramble. Mercifully it is usually misty and you cannot see fully the sheer drops on either side. It is a case of head down and only look straight ahead, until you see the Watkin Path monolith. The rest is fairly easy and the promise of a hot/cold drink once you reach the top is encouragement enough to see you to the summit. Enjoy.
Distance: 7.5 miles (to the top and back)