Snowdon Horseshoe

14 peaks - 3000ft peaks of Snowdonia

On Crib y Ddysgl heading towards Crib Goch at the start of a 14 peaks challenge

Who is ‘14 peaks’ for?

There are 14 peaks in Snowdonia that are over 3000ft high. To ascend all of them involves a beautiful journey on 3 different massifs, crossing 3 deep glacially formed valleys. Super fit fell runners will do this route in hours, however you do not need to be a fell runner to complete the journey. Walking and some scrambling (Crib Goch is very exposed) are involved so you need to be hill fit and confident moving on exposed scrambling terrain.

The peaks included are

CARNEDDAU - Pen Yr Ole Wen - 3208ft, Carnedd Dafydd - 3425ft, Yr Elen - 3156ft, Carnedd Llewelyn - 3490ft, Foel Grach - 320ft, Garnedd Uchaf - 3038ft & Foel Fras - 3090ft.

GLYDERAU - Tryfan - 3002ft, Glyder Fach - 3261ft, Glyder Fawr - 3277ft, Y Garn - 3196ft & Elidir Fawr - 3031ft

SNOWDON - Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) - 3560ft, Carnedd Ugain - 3494ft & Crib Goch  3028ft

What will be covered?

The challenge can be tailored to your level of enthusiasm and fitness. You will be guided along the route by a qualified mountain leader or instructor, they will be able to point out things of interest, navigate, look after your safety and choose the best route for the conditions.

Over 2 days you must be very fit, you will be guided along the route completing the Carneddau on one day and the Glyders and Snowdon massifs on the other day. These are two big days with lots of ascent and descent.

Over 3 days we can split the journey into each Massif - Carneddau, Glyderau and Snowdon Range, again big days but without as much up and down each day, once you have gained height for the day you are up high until it is time to descend to the valley.

Over 5 days we can split things down further and allow for more instructional input, teaching you navigation and scrambling skills.

Other Questions

What if the weather is bad?

The weather has to be pretty bad to stop a course from running, however if high winds are forecast it is often not safe to go to higher exposed peaks, this can result in you not completing the peak you hoped to summit. Completing all the peaks is dependent on the weather and the fitness of the participants being at a level that is deemed safe by the instructor on the course.

How do I book?

Once you have decided which course you would like to do send an email to enquire about the dates that suit you. I will then let you know if an instructor is available.

If you have any other questions about this course please get in touch. You can either email or phone (I am out climbing through the day with limited phone signal, so leave a message and I will call you back or send me an email).

Crib Goch
Y Garn
Pen yr Ole Wen
Happy finishers


Instruction only prices

1:1 £180 per day

1:2 £200 per day


For a list of equipment and personal kit please check the KIT LIST for your course.

Any equipment you do not have can be hired for prices see the booking page.


If you are not having an all inclusive package accommodation and food are not included in the price of your course. We have complied a list of accommodation campsites and bunkhouses to Hotels, pick something that suits you.

For accommodation ideas in Snowdonia or Scotland.


We have a flexible approach to dates to allow you to make the most of the time you have. Get in contact to find out if we have availability on the dates that you are interested in.

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Contact -

Paul James  07739 813927 or Kathryn James  07859 024799

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