Welsh Three Peaks – Route Planning

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Now that the date for the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge has been set for 4 July 2017 it is time to start the planing.  The planning at the moment can be split into the following categories:

  • Walking routes up each of the three mountains.
  • Provisional timings for whole event.

Just as a reminder the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge is a 24 hour challenge involving climbing Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan.  A car is used to move between each mountains start point so the drive time must be factored into all the planning details.

Thanks to the support provided by the Ordnance Survey and one of their partners Open Tracking, it will be possible to track the entire event from the comfort of your PC, tablet or smart phone.  Further details to follow.


Is the official mapping & route planning partner of the Triple Three Peaks Charity Challenge

open-trackingIs the official tracking Partner of the Triple Three Peaks Charity Challenge.

Walking Routes


After much consideration as to which route to take, I have  decided to use the Miner’s Track.  The rational is that the long walk-in will be easier by head lamp as the start will have to be about 1 hour before sunrise.  I will start the challenge at Pen y Pass car park.

Cadair Idris

Of the two main routes up Cadair Idris, the Pony Path from the north and the Minffordd Path from the south I have decided to use the Pony Path.  This is not the most scenic but it is the quickest and therefore the best for this occasion.

Pen y Fan

Of all three mountains this is the most straight forward.  Starting at the Pont ar Daf Car Park. The route follows they well established footpath created by the National Trust to the summit skirting to the south-east of Corn Du.

Provisional Timings

Depart Pen y Pass – 0400; Snowdon Summit – 0700; Pen y Pass 1000

Pen y Pass to Cadair Idris car park – 1110

Depart car park – 1110; Cadair Idris Summit – 1330; Car Park – 1550

Cadair Idris to Pont ar Daf Car Park – 1810

Depart car park – 1810; Pen y Fan Summit – 1940; FINISH – 2110

These timings are based on the sunrise/sunset times for the 4 July
sunrise sunset

All Maps and 3D images provided by the Ordnance Survey OS Maps