Snowdon isn’t short of great walking routes to its crowded summit, but if you think they are all infested with other folk you can think again. A round of lonely Cwm Clogwyn ascending the superb Rhyd Ddu path followed by a descent of the Ranger gives you the rare opportunity to exercise your more misanthropic tendencies on one of the most popular mountains in Britain. Giving wonderful views from the off this is a walk to savour and one to which you will no doubt return...you may never roam the Pyg Track again!
Totally agree to staying on that side of the mountain. At the last meet in December, we went along from the car park up to Yr Aran, back down and then up the ridge which had quite a bit of snow at about 800m and then if you're not expecting it, a wee bit of exposure made worse by the wee bit of ice that was there.
Then from the summit, down the same way to then pick up the Rhyd Ddu path back to the car park. Great day out and hardly anyone around. Thoroughly recommended even if you are an out of shape stay at home dad and you were blowing out of your arse!
A very clear description of an excellent route, one of the best walking days Snowdonia has to offer in my opinion.
Re your comment:
'However, before you get there the map may tempt you with a cross country route which cuts out the final couple of miles of road walking..'
This is a very interesting end to the walk taking you through some fascinating disused quarry workings & over the top of slag heaps. As you say though, navigation can be slightly more problematic than a standard 'path', especially if in very low cloud.
In reply to Mike Peacock: Its fine.. its marked by marker posts.. its getting more eroded now so easier to follow. The only time its slightly tricky is in the quarry but that's because you suddenly climb again...
But its a must for the horseshoe.. makes it far more enjoyable and a more natural cicruit..