The start of our walk today was undertaken by 9 members of the Fenland Ramblers.On arrival the weather was heavy rain, a unanimous decisions was to delay the start until the rain eased. We all stood in the nearby bus shelter looking at a dreary sky. The rain eased off and the walk started but by now it was 11.00 At first we walked beside the road and then through a woods , this was followed by walking around the edge of a number of fields. The grass at the edges was very high and wet, a challenge for everyone to keep their clothes under the waterproofs dry. In the woods we did find a few flowers but most of the time it was negotiating the narrow uncut path on the edge of the field. Our delayed lunch stop was on some seats for two the rest made use of another bus shelter. At the end of the walk we would recommend waterproofs and good boots and possibly to be near 7ft tall to fight the tall grass and vegitation if attempting to walk it again or when the crops have been gathered in (see the photos).
Although the Snowdonia weather could have been better, I still managed 7 walks totalling 41 miles with 16,000ft of ascent. I’ve added this video with a compilation of some of my photos.
Internet access problems have meant that Wednesday’s walk report has been posted out of order. Karen & I drove to Llanberis for a 6 mile walk with 2,000ft of ascent that included the summits of Moel Eilio (2,380ft), Foel Gron & Foel Goch. To make the going easier we drove ¾ mile out of Llanberis up a ridiculously steep single track road which saved us a climb of about 500ft. I’ve driven along some dodgy country roads but this was by far the worst as I didn’t know if there would be anywhere to turn around when reaching the top. As I lived to tell the tale then you won’t be surprised to learn that there was space to park 2 or 3 cars at the top but I made a 5 point turn a little way short of this.
From our starting point at what seemed half way up a mountain, we had a pull of 1,300ft to reach the summit of Moel Eilio at 2,380ft. We had lunch in the summit shelter before descending 800ft and climbing a further 400ft to reach the summits of Foel Gron & Foel Goch.
From here we had a 2½ miles to go and a further 1,200ft of descent back to the car. The weather had been kind for 3 days but was forecast to become more than unsettled and as I write this on Friday morning there is steady rain falling. I think that I’ll cut the holiday short and come home on Saturday morning.
I’ve been trying to gain some understanding of the Welsh language but fear that it will remain a mystery to me. All I know is the Moel/Foel means bare/bald. If you want to know more than follow this link. http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/freefun/didyouknow/placenames/welshintro.html
Thursday was rainy with a brief dry interlude in the early afternoon, so Karen and I decided on a wet weather option to visit the Llechwedd Slate Caverns near Blaenau Ffestiniog. There was a self-guided tour on foot and a train ride into the caverns with a guide to provide background info. This filled the morning and proved to be more interesting than anticipated. We enjoyed a superb lunch at Ty Gwyn near Betwys-y-Coed before driving to have a look at the Menai Straits suspension bridge. We had looked down on this link with Anglesey from many of the mountains visited in the last few days, so thought that we ought to pay a visit.
Tuesday was another dry and sunny day as we headed off for a walk based on Blaenau Ffestiniog. The route was a little difficult to follow and was boggy or rocky in places. This made for slow going so at lunch we decided to opt for a shorter 4.75 mile route with 1,125ft of ascent.
Monday was a lovely sunny day for Karen’s first day walking with me in Snowdonia. We decided on what we thought might be a relatively easy introductory walk of 6 miles with 2,250ft of ascent.
Starting from just outside the village of Deiniolen near Llanberis we had a mile or so of road walking before making our first ascent of about 750ft to the summit if Carnedd Y Filiast at 2,700ft. It was a little scrambly and rather than a full frontal assault we made our way around the side to reach the top. From here we had a broad grassy ridge to walk along with magnificent views across most of Snowdonia.
From Mynydd Perfedd we had to cross a narrower ridge and make another scramble to the summit of Elidir Fawr (3,028ft). There was small measure of “exposure” on this section of the route but Karen made it, albeit with a wobble or two. More scrambling across rocks took us to Elidir Fach (2,600ft) before descending down a scree slope and grassy tracks back to the car.
After almost 2 days of constant rain it was good to see the sun again and to get out walking. Today it was a 6.5 mile hike up Cnicht with 2,400ft of ascent. This is one of the less frequented peaks at the back of Snowdon and apart from getting a boot full of water on one of the boggier sections, it was a great walk.