Whether you plan to tackle one of Snowdonia’s towering peaks or just want to walk along our stunning coastline, rivers and beaches, make sure you’re fully prepared so you can safely enjoy the area’s diverse landscape and breathtaking scenery. Our wardens are always ready to offer advice and guidance on how to stay safe within the National Park, but you must be thoroughly prepared before you set out. Take a few minutes to read our Mountain Safety Guidelines below so you can safely enjoy all the National Park has to offer.
Plan your route carefully before you set off by choosing a route that suits the fitness level of everybody in your group, not just your own. Reaching the summit is only half the battle so be vigilant as you descend the mountain, as you will become tired and are more likely to slip or trip at this point.
Keep to your planned route at all times and don’t follow others ahead of you – they may be taking a much more challenging and dangerous route than you.
Wear comfortable, ankle-supporting walking boots and suitable clothing. The terrain can be uneven and the weather unpredictable. You'll need a waterproof and windproof jacket and over trousers. In wintry conditions you’ll need to take extra clothing such as a thermal base layer, fleece jacket, gloves and a hat.
Carry a rucksack that can accommodate plenty of food and drink. It’s important to maintain your energy levels, as walking can be hard work. During the summer, make sure you carry extra water and sunscreen, as there is little shade to be found on the mountains.
Take a map and compass with you and make sure you know how to use them. They are an essential piece of kit. Make sure you pack an extra layer of clothing as temperatures can plummet high up in the peaks. It’s vital to carry a torch, whistle, first aid kit and mobile phone, but remember – you’re not guaranteed a signal on the mountain so don’t rely on your phone if you get into difficulty.
Check the weather forecast before you set out and if the weather deteriorates, turn back. Conditions on the mountain can change quickly with fierce winds, low clouds and freezing temperatures making visibility and walking impossible. Visit the Met Office website for a detailed weather forecast before you set out.
Tell someone reliable about your plans, which route you’re taking and what time you expect to return-so they can raise the alarm if you don’t make it back by your given time. Remember to let them know if your plans change at all.
A photo of Clogwyn Coch by Tom Harding capturing the dangers of walking up Snowdon in the winter (Copyright: Tom Harding 2010)
Click above for a detailed weather forecast for Snowdonia supplied by the Met Office. Remember to check the forecast before you set out.
For safety advice whilst on the move, download our iPhone and Android App Enjoy Snowdonia which has useful tips on how to stay safe whilst exploring the Snowdonia National Park. Click here for more information.
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