|Croeso - Welcome
Pen-y-Ceunant Isaf is a warm and friendly, unpretentious walkers café on the lower slopes of Snowdon, about a hundred yards/metres from the Royal Victoria Hotel, on the Llanberis Path.
You're always assured of a warm welcome, and the chance to meet some interesting like-minded people. We serve tea and coffee, mulled wine and hot chocolate, and a selection of local beers. We have a limited selection of food but you are welcome to bring your own snacks into the café to have with your tea. Please note - We are NOT the café and visitor centre on the summit of Snowdon.
|The Main Paths|
The paths are as follows - clockwise from Llanberis:
The Llanberis Path - This is the longest route, but is considered the easiest because the gradient for the most part is quite shallow.
The Pyg Track - The Pyg track starts at Pen-y-Pass car park and climbs up over Bwlch y Moch (Pig’s Pass) on the eastern side of Crib Goch.
The Miners’ Track This also starts at the car park at Pen-y-Pass and is the most popular route to the top of Snowdon.
The Watkin Path - This is regarded as the most demanding of the paths up to the summit.
The Rhyd Ddu Path - This is sometimes called the Beddgelert path. It starts from the village of Rhyd Ddu.
The Snowdon Ranger Path - The Snowdon Ranger Path starts from the A4085, at a youth hostel next to llyn Cwellyn, near the Snowdon Ranger Railway Station
Snowdon by Train - AThe Snowdon Mountain Railway – built in 1894 - is not just a means to get to the top of Snowdon – it’s s tourist attraction in its own right.
At the Top - The first building at the top of Snowdon was built back in 1838. A new station and cafe was built in the mid-thirties and was designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the creator of the Italianate village at Portmeirion. That building was replaced in 2006 with the slate clad Hafod Eryri building that we see today.
(Please note that the facilities at the top of Snowdon are NOT open all year round, and the small café at Halfway House is open during the season and sometimes at weekends out of season. Penceunant Isaf Tea House is open 365 days of the year.)
The weather on Snowdon changes month to month, day to day hour to hour and minute to minute. If you're planning to walk up, it's best to get an accurate forecast which you'll find on this webpage from the Met Office, or pinned up outside Penceunant Café on the notice board, courtesy of the National Park and the Mountain Weather Information Service.Remember especially that temperatures at the top can be substantially lower than at village level, and that you need to be prepared for the worst. Don't venture onto the mountain in poor weather unless you are an experienced walker or climber, and even then think twice about it.
|The mountains of Snowdonia are a great place for walking but it's important to be well prepared before you set off.
Always check the weather forecast - and be warned that not only does the weather at the top of the mountains change very quickly.
Whether you're walking alone or with a group you should always carry some basic equipment - all easily available in outdoor shops around the mountains.
Many of the tracks are rough and steep, so a good pair of boots is essential - certainly not flip flops of light shoes.
Consider taking a map and compass, a waterproof coat and over-trousers, warm clothes a packed lunch, water.
Several thin layers are better than one thick layer,
For longer walks, you might need a hot drink, whistle, a torch with spare battery and bulb, a woolly hat and gloves in Winter especially, hat, sun cream and sunglasses.
Many people trip on uneven ground - and there's a lot of that on Snowdon, even on the gentler paths - so a small first aid kit is a great idea.
Make sure you know the route - not just up the mountain, but down again. If you come down a different route make sure you know how you'll get back to your car or hotel. There are regular buses around the mountain but even they don't run at night .
Try to let a friend know your plans, and check in on your return.
Some parts of the mountains have no phone signal - which means GPS may be patchy!
And don't forget a camera!