North York Moors CAM

Wednesday 12th July 2000

( weather: dull & low cloud )

Today's walk:

Snowdon, North Wales

( 8 miles )


 

We're on vacation in North Wales so today we plan to walk up Snowdon

 

The walk begins near the Snowdon Railway Station just outside Llanberis - if that's how you want to do it then you can
take a ride on the railway, which opened in 1896 and works on a 'rack and pinion principle' and is steam driven,
to almost the top of Snowdon from here

We prefer to walk - it hurts more but it's cheaper!

 

After climbing a steep metalled track we go through a gate signposted 'To Snowdon'
and onto a rough , stony track

Here we get a glimpse of the Snowdon train beyond the trees shunting passengers up the hillside

 

A little higher up we look back to the village of Llanberis and Llyn Padarn

 

From here the track gets steeper and rougher

 

The little train passes close by with Moel Cynghorion providing a dramatic backdrop

 

A couple of miles ahead, draped in low cloud, lie the cliffs of Clogwyn Du'r Arddu

The peak of Snowdon is obliterated by the clouds and we weren't to see it all day

 

The view of distant Moel Hebog over Bwlch Cwmbrwynog,
the pass between Clogwyn Du'r Arddu and Moel Cynghorion

 

At 1700 feet we reach 'Half Way House' in an obvious state of repair

 

The view back from Half Way House

 

One of the wonders of modern technology - Jean receives a phone call halfway up Snowdon
from our daughter, Leanne, back in North Yorkshire

 

Another view back from about two-thirds of the way up Snowdon

 

Here we see the dark green waters of Llyn Du'r Arddu, where miners from the local copper mines
used to wash the copper ore

The cliff face of Clogwyn Du'r Arddu above the tarn is one of the most difficult rock-climbing crags in Wales

 

A perfectly clear, mountain stream gushes down the steep hillside on its way to the waters of Llyn Du'r Arddu

 

Another view of Llyn Du'r Arddu from a derelict mine building

It was at this point we reluctantly decided to turn back from our ascent of Snowdon
- the cloud cover was coming down quickly and the weather was closing in

 

The visibility soon improved as we descended back down the track

 

Half an hour later you wouldn't believe it was the same day

 

Having reached our starting point at Llanberis we look across Llyn Peris towards the old slate mines

 


 

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