Favorite thing: Eryri or the Snowdonia National Park was designated a National park in 1951 and it is the second largest National park in England and Wales, covering some 2,171 square kilometres (838 square miles) of north west Wales, and including the Carneddau, and Glyderau mountain ranges as well as the Highest mountain in England and Wales (1085m/3560ft)- Yr Wyddfa (the Tomb in welsh), or Snowdon from which the Park takes its (english) name. The welsh name Eryri means 'place of the eagles'.
The route for my first climb up Snowdon (meaning I didn't take the train!!) is the Miner's Path - one of the easiest (if there is such a thing) paths - and descent by the Pyg track. ....there's more info in the travelogue.
Both paths start directly opposite GORPHWYSFA HOTEL, at the head of the Llanberis pass. Get here early if you want to get in the car park - its very popular with hikers and climbers.
The pretty little village of Rhdd duu is located 3 1/2 miles north of Beddgelert on the A4085.
It stands close to the lake of Llyn Cwellyn and is the start of the Rhyd-ddu path to Snowdon's summit - at three and a quarter miles - the shortest route to the summit. A circular route being the return via the Snowdon Ranger path - not the most popular, but quieter!
This pic shows the view from the top of Snowdon looking down to Llyn Cwellyn and the Snowdon Ranger Path.
This delightful walled welsh town is famous for its castle and is now a World Heritage site.
Caernarfon is the largest town in Gwynedd and the pride of Wales. Residents here are proud of their welsh status - the welsh language is commonly heard here and local costumes often worn. More info can be found on my Caernarfon page.
Favorite thing: love visiting Conwy - beautiful North Wales seaside town. Home to the smallest house in Great Britain. There are many castles in Wales and the one at Conwy is especially worth a visit. The towers can be climbed for some great views of the town and coastline - as seen in this pic.
Betws-y-Coed is North Wales' most popular inland resort. It is where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno. This victorian town is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park.
Not far from here are Swallow Falls - where the river rushes down from the mountains. Crags and jagged rocks divide the stream into a number of foaming cascades. There is a charge now to see these falls - which are not the best in Snowdonia. So if you don't want to pay I suggest going to Aber falls - nice walk and bigger falls too.
Pont-y-Pair - the bridge of the cauldron - built in 1468 is on of many old bridges in this area.
A mile further up the road is the Miner's Bridge, on the road to Capel Curig, where the miners crossed the river on a steep ladder to their work.
Fondest memory: Despite warnings to the contary many people were cooling off on on our recent trip there by jumping off the bridge into the water below. Please don't there are rocks in the water - can be highly dangerous.
Even so many people enjoyed watching the antics of a few.
Llyn Ogwen is the starting point for many hikes and moutain trails in the Snowdonia National Park. Get here early if you want a parking space on a good day!!
Cwm Idwal is a beautiful scenic glacial cwm -one of the most accessible too
Fondest memory: The Watkin Path is purported to be the finest but steepest path to Snowdon's summit at 3,600 ft - the highest point in England and Wales. Although this is quite a hard path towards the end...read the travelogue for why it was so memorable......
This is the shortest route up Snowdon and near the top it joins with the Watkin Path. It starts from Rhyd-Ddu - there is a new station here now of the Welsh Highland Railway. It does involve a bit of a ridge walk and some rock scrambling so be properly prepared and shoed.
On the second pic can you see the path snaking along the ridge in the distance??
Just once in a while its OK to rest those feet and hop on the train to the top of Snowdon.
Fabulous views, funny stories and legends on the way up too.
Its worthwhile hiking back down though as half an hour is not long enough at the top if you decide to take the train both ways.
Current prices (Oct 2002) £13 Single journey for ascent, £18 return. Single trip for the descent is only available on stand by tickets...£14.
Favorite thing: On the way from Conwy to Betws-y-Coed you may well cross Thomas Telford's iron Waterloo Bridge which carries the A5 across the River Conwy. So called because it was constructed in the same year as the Battle of Waterloo - 1815 of course - you can see this inscription on the bridge - getting more difficult to see in the summer due to the trees and foliage around it.
Favorite thing: Here's a view looking the other side of the bridge and you can see for yourself why they call it the bridge of the cauldron - just imagine the flow of water over these rocks after heavy rain - which you can get in Snowdonia!! Seeing those boulders there's no way I would dive in!
By the time you've reached this ruin, you should probably consider turning around, if you're not into serious mountain climbing or have kids with you.
And just a little warning - children (young and old) might be tempted to enter those ruins, but there`s no guarantee that they don't just tumble down on their visitors. You have been warned.
The name above the window of this shop really made me laugh. I'm sure it's a very good shop but the name is a bit of a worry...............
Proof that even humble shop signs are worth keeping your eye on for a bit of interest and humour!
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