The mountains of Snowdonia are a great place for walking but it's important to be well prepared before you set off.

Always check the weather forecast - and be warned that not only does the weather at the top of the mountains change very quickly, but conditions at the bottom can differ massively from those at the top. It’s important to research your route, dress appropriately, and remember that coming down and getting home safely is just as important as reaching the top!

Whether you're walking alone or with a group you should always carry some basic equipment - all easily available in outdoor shops around the mountains.  

Many of the tracks are rough and steep, so a good pair of boots is essential - certainly not flip flops of light shoes. 

Consider taking a map and compass, a waterproof coat and over-trousers, warm clothes a packed lunch, water. 

Several thin layers are better than one thick layer,

For longer walks, you might need a hot drink, whistle, a torch with spare battery and bulb, a woolly hat and gloves in Winter especially, hat, sun cream and sunglasses.

Many people trip on uneven ground - and there's a lot of that on Snowdon, even on the gentler paths - so a small first aid kit is a great idea.

Make sure you know the route - not just up the mountain, but down again. If you come down a different route make sure you know how you'll get back to your car or hotel.  There are regular buses around the mountain but even they don't run at night

Try to let a friend know your plans, and check in on your return.

Some parts of the mountains have no phone signal - which means GPS may be patchy!

And don't forget a camera!

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