Snowdonia April 2012

Our annual gathering of ex-university friends saw us take a cottage in the Hiraethog area of North Wales. Although not a primarily walking-focussed holiday, we did get out a few times:


Sunday 8 April: Easter in the Hiraethog
A group walk across the moor to the summit of the Marilyn Mwdwl-eithin.

Heading for Mwdwl-eithin
Setting off towards Alwen Reservoir and Mwdwl-eithin

We walked along the farm lanes to the footbridge across the Alwen reservoir, the children diving into the last of the snow piled up at the side of the lane, seeing how deep footprints they could make and how much of it they could successfully project onto each other. …Continue reading->

Tuesday 10 April: Getting Some Rock
The classic scramble of Tryfan and continuation onto Glyder Fach in the last of the snow.

Tryfan from Glyder Fach

Tryfan and the Glyders are wreathed in cloud as I sit here in the cottage writing this. Patches of sunlight highlighting the yellows of the moor. Yesterday we were up there, as my legs and in particular my knees are reminding me. We picked a good day for it, although the range of weather we experienced might indicate otherwise. …Continue reading->

Thursday 12 April: Snowdon from various angles
I descended from Angle Tarn to Patterdale for re-provisioning and then fought my way through the wind onto High Street before seeking refuge for the night.

Rebecca and I at the summit
Rebecca and I at the summit

It was past midday when I drove up to Pen-y-pass and, as expected saw the car park full. I turned around and headed back down to Pen-y-Gwryd to park on the roadside. Halfway down I met Andy (yes, he had changed his over-ventilated trousers since Tuesday!) slogging his way up having just done the same, and so I dumped the children on him and carried on to the bottom. A twenty minute slog back up the road to Pen-y-pass warmed the legs up nicely, but I was slightly miffed to see the others already setting off on the Miners Track.…Continue reading->

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