This path was named after Sir Edward Watkin, Liberal Member of Parliament and railway entrepreneur who retired to a chalet in Cwm Llan on the foothills of Snowdon.
This was the first designated footpath in Britain, and the first step towards opening the countryside to walkers. The path was officially opened in 1892 by the Prime Minister William Gladstone, who was 83 years old at the time. He addressed a crowd of over 2000 people from a rock on the side of the path, which is known today as the Gladstone Rock.
This is thought to be one of the most hard going paths up Snowdon, as it starts only a little above sea level. The path starts off wide and quite even, but becomes rocky towards the second half. It steepens considerably just before it joins the south ridge. Once alarmingly loose this section has recently been improved by a well laid albeit steep path.
Snowdonia, North Wales.
- £140 up to 6 people, then for each additional person £12 each (max group size of 10).
- Discounts available for larger groups.