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Visiting Snowdonia

Coed y Brenin (© Aneurin Philips)


Voluntary Restrictions

The high level use of the bridleways to the summit of Snowdon for off-road cycling has led to serious concerns. Exceptionally high numbers of walkers use the Llanberis, Rhyd Ddu and Snowdon Ranger paths, particularly during the summer months, and because the Law (Section 30, Countryside Act 1968) requires that cyclists must give way to pedestrians at all times, this combination can make for an un-enjoyable and frustrating ride for mountain bikers. Serious concerns have also been raised in relation to erosion and the safety of walkers.

The following voluntary agreement to remedy the problem has been negotiated between the cycling organisations, the Sports Council for Wales, Gwynedd County Council and Snowdonia National Park Authority.

10.00am to 5.00pm from 1st May - 30th September - Please do not cycle to or from the summit of Snowdon during this period.

The restrictions during those periods include the following:
  • The Llanberis track in its entirety.
  • Snowdon Ranger to the summit. However, the lower section from Llanberis - Snowdon Ranger vi Maescwm to Cwellyn is available.
  • Miners track from Pen Pass to Llyn Llydaw
  • The Rhyd Ddu track from the Pen Lon area to the summit. The new lower link from Pen Lon to the A4085 to Gors will be available to cycles, equines and walkers from October 2020 onwards once works are completed.

From October to the end of April - Full access.

Llanberis Path, Snowdon

Llanberis Path, Snowdon (© SNPA)

We have produced a pdf map which will help you plan your day with a circular route which can include an ascent of Snowdon before 10.00am or after 5.00pm. Please use this map in conjunction with the Ordnance Survey map – preferably the 1.25000 Explorer Map OL17.

Voluntary Restrictions Map

Click on the map below to view a pdf version of the map

Header image - Morfa Harlech (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)