Snaefell

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This article is about the mountain on the Isle of Man. For the Icelandic volcanoes of the same name, see Snæfell.
Snaefell
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Elevation 620 m (2,034 ft)
Prominence 620 m (2,034 ft)
Parent peak none - HP Isle of Man
Listing Marilyn, Hardy
Translation snow fell (Norse)
Pronunciation /ˈsnfɛl/
Location
Snaefell is located in Isle of Man
Snaefell
Snaefell
Location of Snaefell in the Isle of Man
Location Isle of Man
OS grid SC397881
Coordinates 54°15′46.8″N 4°27′43.2″W / 54.263000°N 4.462000°W / 54.263000; -4.462000Coordinates: 54°15′46.8″N 4°27′43.2″W / 54.263000°N 4.462000°W / 54.263000; -4.462000
Topo map OS Landranger 95

Snaefell (Manx: Sniaull) is the highest mountain and the only summit higher than 2,000 feet (610 m) on the Isle of Man, at 620 metres (2,034 ft) above sea level. The summit is crowned by a train station, cafe, and several communications masts.

Views[edit]

It is a well-known saying in the Isle of Man that on a clear day six kingdoms can be seen from the top: the Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Heaven.[1] Some versions add a seventh kingdom, that of Manannán, (or the Sea).[2]

The plaque at the summit indicates the directions of five points from Snaefell as well as their distances:

Climbing Snaefell[edit]

The Snaefell Mountain Railway has a seasonal electric tram service, typically from April to October, which climbs the 4 miles (6.4 km) from Laxey to the summit.

The A18 Snaefell Mountain Road passes over the slopes of Snaefell, and is the highest section of the Snaefell Mountain Course over which the Isle of Man TT Races are held. Walkers often use the car park on this road near the Bungalow railway station (last railway stop before the summit) from which there is a rough path to the peak. The trail has sections of gravel, slate stones, grass, and rock. While the angle of ascent steepens significantly closer to the summit, special climbing equipment is not required. However, caution is required in steep areas as the grass, earth, and rocks are often slippery. Average climb time on foot on a dry footpath is about 45 minutes.

A geodetic marker embedded in the small, concrete obelisk indicates the true mountain summit. The rock cairn standing nearby has an information plaque on top.

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