So last May, I went away for a long weekend with Barry (the husband) to Wales. We stayed at a local campsite within the Snowdonia National Park in a teeny village called Betws Garmon and the campsite is called Bryn Gloch. It’s a beautiful campsite with lovely views of Snowdonia and runs alongside the banks of River Gwyrfai. It also has a little Train Station which runs via Bryn Gloch to Porthmadog. On some days it runs Steam Trains which I so lovely to see. I’m not into trains but there is something oh so fascinating about Steam Trains.
Our trip to Snowdon was in essence to climb up and down the largest mountain in England and Wales. On this particular occasion, we chose the Rhyd Ddu Path which used to be known as the Beddgelert Path since it was from this village that walkers started their journey to the summit. A little bit about the path…
Distance: 8.5 miles (there and back)
Total Climb: 895m (2,936 ft)
Time: Approx 6 hours (there and back)
Start and Finish: Rhyd Ddu Car Park (SH 571526 / LL54 6TN)
Map: OS Explorer OL17
Parking: Pay and Display Rhyd Ddu Car Park (SH 571 526 / LL54 6TN)
Sherpa Bus Stop: End of Rhyd Ddu Car Park
It’s not an easy path to climb it gets incredibly rocky nearer the summit you get. It’s not for the faint hearted and a reasonable level of fitness is needed. The scenery around every turn is just stunning on a clear day. It’s breathtaking in more ways than one ;). We even got to the cafe in time to have a chill out, fuel up with more food and drink before the long walk back down! Would I do it again, oh yes definitely. It’ll be planned for next year.
We wanted to walk Snowdon in readiness for our Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Just one peak and a large one at that was challenging enough let alone three on the same day (albeit smaller). Lucky for us on the day we chose to walk, the weather was perfect as it can be very changeable and it stayed that way for the descent. We’ve been twice before over the years and wow it changes very quickly! The best part, reaching the Summit – be prepared as it’s a tad breezy. Excuse the more personal snaps but we love (that is hubby and I) life and our little travelling adventures!
Here are just a few snaps I took on my little journey up Snowdon taken with my Panasonic Lumix (point and click teeny camera). Perfect for carrying in a ruck sack! There are some photos of the campsite showing off their beautiful walks of nature!