” Every Mountain Top Is Within Reach
If You Just keep Climbing “
A beautiful quote I found online, so inspiring!
It was Thursday morning when I randomly decided to join the weekend SNOWDON MOUNTAIN WINTER HIKE organised by Charlie of www.themountaincoach.com. Snowdon is high on my hiking bucketlist. It was a good timing to join an organised hike. As I am off for the weekend and nothing special plan, so why not?
I set off for Conwy on Friday so I have time to relax before the weekend hike. Joining the motorway M5-M6 on a Friday afternoon rush hour traffic, and after 3 hours drive I arrived in Conwy. A beautiful countryside in North Wales. Where the famous Conwy Castle was built.
The following day, a quick drive towards Llaberis just after lunch, with few stops while passing some stunning sceneries. I cant help but admire the beautiful nature around. Passing those greenfield, lakes, mountains and hill is so spectacular views. Llanberis is a picturesque village, situated in Gwynedd Northwest Wales. It lies within the Snowdonia National Park, where the highest mountain in Wales the Snowdon Mountain.
I navigated towards the National Slate Museum carpark. Where I’m meeting the group for the afternoon hike around Llanberis area, about 2 1/2 hour hike to break-in for the main Snowdon hike for the following day. Slowly the hikers turning up about 1 pm, I then gathered that the groups are from Milton Keyes, Liverpool, local from Wales, London Area, Me from Cheltenham and as far as Bournemouth, a varied mixed I would say. We started the hike about 1:30 pm, from the carpark we followed the eastern bank of Llyn Padarn lakeside trails. We slowly ascended towards the Llaberis hill just behind the Slate Mine. Passing the Quarry Hospital and the mortuary, stopping at the viewpoint overlooking the stunning Llyn Padarn Lake.
Then heading off into the woodlands, a wonderful walk with waterfalls and streams along the way. And we even saw Mountain Goat, there was a joke about it we call it “Horny goats”. They roam freely along the slopes and cliff faces but easily spotted through their white, gray or black fleece but they are very wary and shy away from people. By the distant valley there’s the ruined Castle Dolbadarn and continuing the walk passing the quarry area and old housing for quarrymen.
After almost 3 hours hike we drove towards Caernarfon, where we stayed for the night. I decided to have an early night and rested my feet up, ready for the main hike to Snowdon the following morning.
Waking up early for the 8 am start. I had a hearty full English Breakfast, with my backpack I’m ready for more hiking! Snowdon winter hike here we come! We started the ascend at 9 am following the Llaberis trail, the day was so gloomy and drizzling. We were warned that the starting point was concrete and steep slope, just 2 minutes walking up hill my thighs are already aching. I was thinking how will I manage to hike for another than 5 hours more!
But passing the concrete trail, we were greeted with breathtakingly stunning views. My creative mind takes over, with my camera at hand I was happily clicking it away. To the point that I was very behind by the group, but I was with Rob(mountaineer) who was with Charlie the organiser. He was with me along the way, he even lend me his hiking poles. Just before we reached the midpoint, the sun was teasingly coming out giving a stunning backdrop of the mountain peak and the dramatic effect of the low clouds and fog. It was a picture perfect so to speak!
The drizzles has stopped and the sky has slowly cleared up, but the more we continued our ascend it’s more foggy as we reach the midpoint house. At some point the visibility was getting worse, you can only see 3-4 meters clear ahead. But that didn’t stop my determination to reach the peak! After 3 hours trails along the muddy, rocky path and crumbly surface and added sweats.
We have reached the summit and just in time for lunch. Reaching the summit was a struggle but having lunch at the peak of SNOWDON the highest mountain in WALES 1,085 meter high, it was an epic experience! After the obligatory selfie, it’s time for lunch. Sushi anyone? Yes it’s fine dining at it’s best- way better than Michelin Star restaurant.
After lunch just before we start our descend back to the meeting point, we agreed to climb another summit! A bonus hike at the second highest mountain the GARNEDD UGAIN 1,065 meter high! We had few photos and in no time we where heading towards the base. The hike was unforgettable experience, even though the weather wasn’t great. Rain or shine the breathtaking scenery everywhere you look has not disappoint. Snowdon Winter hike was an amazing experience! While I’m finishing this article I have another hike booked in Brecon Beacon in South Wales.
If in the area try to go and visit the The National Slate Museum. Although the place is no longer operating as Slate quarries, the place attracts many tourist for the Museum, that will take you back in time to imagine the fascinating insight into the quarrymen in it’s glorious days.
Don’t miss out to go around the lake, its 5 miles trail with stunning views of the Lllyn Padarn lake. If you are in the area during summertime, don’t forget to bring your picnic mat.
Nature Photography enthusiast come along with your camera kit and you’ll enjoy your day out in Snowdon.
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