Fondest memory: Whenever I think of Wales, a sheep is the first thing I think off. Always come in handy for keeping you warm on chilly nights in the tent, or equally nice with some mint sauce over a barbeque.......ONLY KIDDING!!! I'll have you know I donate to 3 different animal charities a month....
Favorite thing: Soon after passing under the track at Clogwyn station you will have a fine view of the path down and the Llanberis pass. The cwm here is known as the "Cwm of Hats"....when the trains were open carriages the wind would blow off travellers' hats and this cwm was a great place to find a hat!
At first the path is steep and on the right you will see a 14 arch viaduct which carries the railway past the nearby 60ft Ceunant Mawr waterfall. Also as you hike up the beginning of the Llanberis path remember to take a look back for the view over Lanberis and its Lake - Lake Padarn.
The path is in good condition here and climbs gently now but soon becomes stony and uneven.
Favorite thing: Eventually the path begins to level out after the ridge. the larg cairn or monolith seen on the right marks the Snowdon Ranger path meets the railway and a bit further on the monolith on the left (seen in this pic) marks the top of the famous Pyg track zig-zags at Bwlch Glas. Just 15 mins more to the summit now.
Favorite thing: If you thought the path near the cliffs was steep then be warned it gets steeper still...over a ridge commonly known as "heartbreak ridge". many people get to this point, seem the ridge ahead of them still, without being able to see the summit of Snowdon yet, and give up in desperation. Perserve however it is worthwhile...
Have a rest from hiking and enjoy the train up Snowdon....you could always walk down ;-))
In fact this is the best option cos if you go up and down on the train you only have half an hour at the top, which is only just long enough to get a drink and some souvenirs in the cafe at the top. Nowhere near long enough to enjoy the splendid panorama at the top....like I usually get :-)))
The railway was built at the end of the 19th century and first opened to passengers 6th April 1896. The track clmbs up 3140 ft on the north-western slopes of snowdon in about 50 minutes.
This is the main attraction of Lanberis and the gift shop at the bottom station has lots of souvenirs and a free exhibition on the Railway.
Of course the energetic and fit can hike the path up and down if they wish.....can be an ant trail in the good weather. Make sure you are properly equipped though with good footwear and be prepared for rapid change of weather in these mountains.
Fondest memory: The path starts at a gate and cattle grid at the end of the first side road above the Snowdon Railway Station. The trail is clearly marked...
If its a sunny weekend or mid summer...get there early ....queues are very likely and you may be disappointed or have to wait a long time in the cafe there.
The ticket office will display when the next available train is.
Grass covered mountains with
rocky summits ( hiking trails up there )
Many sheep grazing areas, some farms
Favorite thing: If the weather is clear you will have a view just like this...... For more pics take a look on my Snowdonia page too.
Favorite thing: The path often runs parallel to the train and at some points the path crosses underneath the train bridge.....nice photo spot!
Favorite thing: Higher up the path you will see the dark cliffs of Clogwyn Du'r Arddu - probably the most difficult rock climbing crags in Wales and its dark sinister looking lake at the base