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I have said previously that north Wales has wonderful scenery. It’s not all about the mountains of Snowdonia, in fact Snowdonia is not all mountains anyway. I thought I’d put together a few images to show just how varied the scenery is in this part of the world.

To start, here is the Conwy valley, looking down from the hills above Trefriw towards Conwy, Llandudno and the sea.

The Conwy valley looking towards the coast. June 2008

The Conwy valley looking towards the coast. June 2008

The first bridge over Afon Conwy, just below it's source. Aug 2008

The first bridge over Afon Conwy, just below it's source. Aug 2008

May 14 2008, Canada geese nr the source of Afon Conwy

Canada geese near the source of Afon Conwy. May 2008.

North Wales has a great coastline, and the small island of Anglesey has great beaches along with wild, rocky cliffs.

The cliffs around Porth Dafarch. June 2008.

The cliffs around Porth Dafarch. June 2008.

The beach and dunes at Lligwy bay. May 2008.

The beach and dunes at Lligwy bay. May 2008.

The little sheltered beach at Porth Dafarch. June 2008.

The little sheltered beach at Porth Dafarch. June 2008.

The sweeping Celmyn bay. June 2009.

The sweeping Celmyn bay. June 2009.

And so back to the mainland.

The crags at the head of Cwm Eigiau rise to over 600m. June 2008

The crags at the head of Cwm Eigiau rise to over 600m. June 2008

Afon Lledr at Dolwyddelan.  May 2008.

Afon Lledr at Dolwyddelan. May 2008.

Snowdon range from below Moel Lechwedd-gwyn. May 2008

Snowdon range from below Moel Lechwedd-gwyn. May 2008

Bala steam railway runs alongside Llyn Tegid. July 2009

Bala steam railway runs alongside Llyn Tegid. July 2009

Llyn Tegid with Bala in the background. 2 Aug 09

Llyn Tegid with Bala in the background. 2 Aug 09

Speaking of Bala…….the national eisteddfod is being held there this week. I went to have a look round on Sunday and spent over 6 hours there. What a great day out it is. Here are a few images.

The pavilion (pafiliwn). Also known as the big pink tent. 2 Aug 09.

The pavilion (pafiliwn). Also known as the big pink tent. 2 Aug 09.

The big pink tent can be seen from all over the site. 2 Aug 09

The big pink tent can be seen from all over the site. 2 Aug 09

A bland playing on stage 1. 2 Aug 09

A band playing on stage 1. 2 Aug 09

A harp workshop getting under way on stage 2. 2 Aug 09

A harp workshop getting under way on stage 2. 2 Aug 09

Maes C is the centre of attraction for younger people. 2 Aug 09

Maes C is the centre of attraction for younger people. 2 Aug 09

The Bards circle (Cylch yr Orsedd) is used for some performances. 2 Aug 09.

The Bards circle (Cylch yr Orsedd) is used for some performances. 2 Aug 09.

The choir of Ysgol y Gader on stage 2. 2 Aug 09

The choir of Ysgol y Gader on stage 2. 2 Aug 09

The bar and food areas get pretty busy. 2 Aug 09

The bar and food areas get pretty busy. 2 Aug 09

A budding harpist attends a workshop. 2 Aug 09

A budding harpist attends a workshop. 2 Aug 09

Pupils of Ysgol y Gader on stage 2. 2 Aug 09

Pupils of Ysgol y Gader on stage 2. 2 Aug 09

A choir on stage in the pavilion. 2 Aug 09

A choir on stage in the pavilion. 2 Aug 09

This was just one of many choirs. They gave a great rendition of Wimoweh (The lion sleeps tonight), in Welsh of course.

Even if you don’t speak Welsh it’s worth visiting, it’s a great day out, particularly if you get good weather. More details can be found at:  http://www.eisteddfod.org.uk/english/

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You can’t live in north Wales (and blog about it) without mentioning Snowdon, so after about 11 months of this blog I thought I’d better put that right.

Tuesday 24th June dawned bright and sunny, so I made an early start. Up the valley to Betws y Coed and then up the Llugwy valley to Capel Curig. Just after passing through the village you come to Llynau Mymbyr, and this is where you get your first view of the famous Snowdon horseshoe.

First view of the Snowdon horseshoe.

First view of the Snowdon horseshoe. 24 June 09.

Then it was onwards, over the Llanberis pass, down into the valley and onto the village of Llanberis.

There are 3 main paths up to the summit of Snowdon. The Llanberis path, unsurprisingly starts at Llanberis, close to the Snowdon mountain railway station. It starts along a narrow road, soon becoming steep as you turn onto a stony path. The first third of the walk is steep, but very soon there is wonderful scenery all around. looking back you get a wonderful view of the village and Llyn Padarn.

Llanberis and Llyn Padarn.

Llanberis and Llyn Padarn. 24 June 09.

Climbing a little higher you can look back and see the huge slate quarries cut into the hillside above the valley.

Llanberis valley and the huge slate quarries.

Llanberis valley and the huge slate quarries. 24 June 09.

Halfway up is the Halfway cafe where you can stop for refreshments. It used to be a wooden hut but that was blown down in a gale a few years ago. It’s now a more substantial building.

As you continue your walk you’ll probably see the steam trains chugging their way up some of the steep inclines. The railway was built in 1896, more wonderful Victorian engineering.

The train makes it's way slowly up an incline.

The train makes it's way slowly up an incline. 24 June 09

The path continues upwards, getting steeper agin for the last third. It’s a rocky path and good footwear should be worn. Many people have accidents and twist their ankles every year because they wear trainers or sandals.

The path with Clogwyn Coch in the background.

The path with Clogwyn Coch in the background. 24 June 09.

I should add here that I’m no expert, so feel free to correct any mistakes I make with names etc.

The path continues to climb, up to where the Pyg path and Miners path meet it. These two paths start at Pen-y-Pass. One running alongside Llyn Llydaw and the Pyg path running below the ridge of Crib Goch.

The path to Pen-y-Pass. 24 June 09.

The path to Pen-y-Pass. 24 June 09.

Crib Coch means “Red comb”. The ridges leading to it are knife edge, with steep drops on either side. This is not a walk for beginners, even in good weather, and in bad weather even experience climbers need good equipment. The peak of Crib Goch is 923 metres (3, 028 feet).

Crib Goch showing the Pyg and Miners tracks. 24 June 09.
Crib Goch showing the Pyg and Miners tracks. 24 June 09.

Llyn Llyddaw lies in a bowl between Crib Goch and Y Lliwedd.

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From here the path gets even steeper as it heads for the summit of Snowdon.

The last push up to the summit.

The last push up to the summit.

Yr Wyddfa means “the tumulus”. Legend has it that a giant called Rhita Gawr who lived here killed kings and used their beards to make cloaks to keep himself warm. Eventually though he come up against King Arthur, who killed him. Everyone then placed rocks over his body to form the summit.

Onwards and upwards, and after the last steep climb the new visitor centre comes into view.

Hafon Eryri. 24 June 09.

Hafod Eryri. 24 June 09.

Hafod (summer residence) Eryri (Snowdonia) was opened in early June 2009. It was about a year late in opening, but the workers had to suffer some atrocious conditions.

It is built of local granite and the inside is lined with local Oak. It has to withstand winds up to 150 mph, about 200 inches of rain per year and temperatures of -20 deg C.

It’s a wonderful building, blending in with it’s surroundings and the wall of glass at the front gives fantastic views.

The view from Hafod Eryri. 24 June 09.

The view from Hafod Eryri. 24 June 09.

Prince Charles famously called the old building, “the highest slum in Britain”. Well Hafod Eryri is certainly not a slum, it’s a wonderful building, and everyone concerned should be congratulated.

Out through the back door, and it’s a few more steps up to the actual summit.

The summit of Snowdon. 24 June 09

The summit of Snowdon. 24 June 09

Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales, standing at 1,085 metres (3,560 feet). Down in the valley it was over 20 deg C, but up here there was a strong, cool wind. The weather can change in minutes up here but I was lucky, it was a gorgeous sunny (warm lower down) day.

Y Lliwedd is is the other peak which makes up the famous Snowdon horseshoe, and stands at 902 metres (2, 595 feet).

Y Lliwedd from near the summit of Snowdon. 24 June 09.

Y Lliwedd from near the summit of Snowdon. 24 June 09.

This had been a wonderful day. History, fantastic scenery and great weather. Tiring but wonderful. I’ll end this post with a few miscellaneous photos, and invite you to visit Snowdon and experience it first hand.

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The train chugs it's way up to the summit, 24 JJune 09

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The mountain rescue teams serving Snowdonia have had a busy time since Christmas. Warnings have been issued urging people to stay away from the mountains in bad weather. Only experienced and well-equiped climbers should be climbing whilst the weather is so bad.

It was reported over the Christmas period that people had been going up the mountains wearing fleece jackets and trainers. What is wrong with these people? Don’t they realise that the mountain rescue teams risk their own lives every time the have to turn out for these stupid “climbers”?

On Sunday, yet again rescuers had to turn out. This time they had to abseil 500 feet in the dark to rescue an injured climber and his two companions. The climbers were on a mountain face 1000 feet high, with no helmets and just one head torch. 41 rescuers were involved.


People should stay away from the mountains unless they are experienced climbers and are well equiped. Lets hope the message gets through soon.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/7864422.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7877493.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/7904379.stm

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