Llanberis – the village at the foot of Mount Snowdon
Snowdon's paths: a quick guide
Snowdon Walk nr. 5: Llanberis to Nant Peris
4 mile easy route or choice of two more difficult 7-mile routes
Choice of two more difficult circular routes through the quarries (approximately 6.5 and 7 miles)
Dinorwig Village car park
Snowdon Honey Farm
Turn left from the Snowdon Honey Farm and follow the High Street. Take the road fro the Slate Museum where a
public footpath on the right takes you to Dolbadarn Castle.
The castle was built by Llywelyn the Great around 1216. In a power struggle, he imprisoned his brother Owain
here for 20 years. The view up Llanberis pass from here is terrific. This is a valley carved by a glacier that
once towered half a mile above your head. Left is a simulation of the view from this point at the end of the Ice
Age 12,000 years ago.
Carry on along the footpath and follow the road to Nant Peris. Eagle-eyed observers will notice the foundations
of an ancient road in the field to the right of the present main road on the bend. This was a drover's road built
on an earlier Roman track up the valley. Shortly, as the road takes a right bend, the foundations of a 19th century
copper mine comes into view on the left.
Nant Peris was originally called Nant-y-Mynach (the Monk's Valley) and later called Llanberis. This splendid
church is dedicated to St. Peris and dates from the 12th century but has been altered over the centuries. Inside,
the roof and screen date from the 15th century and the bell from 1610. ….. wanting an easy walk, just retrace your
steps back to the village. For the more adventurous there are two paths (marked 4 and 5 on the map) that take you
through the slate quarries.
Head back towards Llanberis along the main road from Nant Peris and in a short while you will see this footpath
on the other side of the road. This takes you through the slate quarries along a track built by the Electricity Board
when building the Hydro-Electric Power Station in the 1970s. Dinorwig Quarry itself was a working quarry for almost
200 years until the summer of 1969 and at its height in the late 19th century employed 3,000 men. The landscape before
the quarry must have been spectacular and a small lake once existed somewhere where the gigantic slate heaps
Join this path (sign-posted) at Nant Peris. This was the path built and used by the quarrymen that lived in Nant
Peris. Follow this path all the way to Dinorwig Village Car Park. From here, take the road to the left through Blue
Peris, a tiny hamlet built for some of the quarry managers and accountants. 'White Peris' house is where the
quarrymen collected their wages and a little further along notice the old grocery store sign on another house to the
right. Follow this steep path back down towards Llanberis. Halfway down the hill stands Anglesey Barracks, where the
quarrymen from Anglesey would lodge for the working week. Further on again stand the remains of an Incline Engine
House, where the grease and oil can still be seen on the walls.
Descend the famous zig-zag path and head back to Llanberis or take a detour to the Slate museum.