Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 7: Dinas Mawddwy to Barmouth

Ah, a short one but a good one. Two of the best 100 (according to Trail) mountains in the country, and depending on where my main training trip before the Cambrian Way takes me, this stretch could see me pass through the halfway mark in the Trail 100. But then if it doesn’t, it will be in the Rhinogs instead. Either way, this section could be, and should be, one of the best chunks of the walk. Continue reading “Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 7: Dinas Mawddwy to Barmouth”


Trip Report: 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: Continue reading “Trip Report: Snowdonia April 2012”

Snowdonia 2011 – Debrief

Given the weather, which has been windy every day and wet most days, I’ve had a reasonably successful trip. The only slight regret was losing Sunday, but that might not have been a great success anyway given my injury – I’m sure a day’s rest helped, although I’m still in pain Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Debrief”

Snowdonia 2011 – Accommodation and Meals

On this trip I stayed in two places: Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Accommodation and Meals”

Snowdonia 2011 – Day 7

The Nantlle Ridge

The whole trip has been built around doing this and it’s my last day so it’s obvious what walk to do. I deliberately left this to last because today had the best weather forecast and it’s also the hardest walk – in that it’s an all or nothing walk and although there are escape routes none of them are that convenient for buses back.

I get off the bus at the Rhyd-Ddu car park and walk across the fields heading straight for Carn Drws-y-coed (Y Garn on the map). Unusually Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Day 7”

Snowdonia 2011 – Day 6

Moel Siabod

The forecast today is for wind and rain and then clearing in the afternoon (so not much change there then!). I’m not going to wait to see it improve as when I did that on Sunday, I ended up with no walk. I also have to bear in mind last bus times. So I decide to go out on the first bus after breakfast and hopefully the weather will clear as I go.

I alight from the bus at Capel Curig and walk along the A5 and then the river until I get to Pont Cyfyng, where my route starts. Moel Siabod’s top is Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Day 6”

Snowdonia 2011 – Day 5

Snowdon’s south east ridge

Today, I’m up, breakfasted and ready in time for the bus as I have a potentially long walk ahead of me – from Nantgwynant over Gallt y Wenallt, Y Lliwedd, Yr Wyddfa and Yr Aran.

It doesn’t start well with the bus driver dropping me off ¾ mile beyond where I wanted. But it’s good to warm the legs up although it eats into the time and weather window I’ve got.

I cross the river and head steeply uphill through the farmland, pass through a gate and head east up through the trees across the flank of Y Lliwedd until the path ends at an abandoned mine.

I crossed the stream and headed up the grassy slope of Gallt y Wenallt, heading for the summit. As I gain the summit outcrops, I’m hit by Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Day 5”

Snowdonia 2011 – Day 4

I’m in agony and can’t sit down without wincing. I don’t think I broke anything, but I must have one hell of a bruise. Unfortunately I can’t see without a highly complex arrangement of mirrors.

And the weather forecast isn’t good. Rain and high winds for most of the day, with only a small chance of a clear patch at some point. So Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Day 4”

Snowdonia 2011 – Day 3


Today I met up with sunnysky from the LFTO forum.

We parked in Croesor and took the path up onto the ridgeline above the village. The summit of Cnicht stood out against the background of cloud enveloping the other mountains.

We made good progress and despite a strengthening headwind very quickly we reached the steeper ascent onto the summit, scrambling Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Day 3”

Snowdonia 2011 – Day 2

The Hebogs

Despite being up just after 7, I still only made it to the bus stop right outside the hostel in time for 9:05. Minutes later I was in Beddgelert dropping off my big rucksack at the B&B.

I strolled through the village and onto the bridleway alongside the Welsh Highland Railway, crossing the railway twice as it snaked uphill. Reaching a farm where the bridleway took a sharp right I struck off left towards the north east ridge of Moel Hebog (Bare Hill of the Falcon), climbing up a hillside covered in Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Day 2”

Snowdonia 2011 – Day 1

Llanberis to YHA Snowdon Ranger

I was greeted in Bangor by grey skies and a few spots of rain. The bus turned up late and took nearly an hour to wend its way to Llanberis. After a quick lunch, I headed up the road to the youth hostel, although I still hadn’t chosen my route from the 3 possibles I’d looked at:

  1. over Moel Elio and down the ranger path;
  2. around the base of Moel Elio;
  3. the direct route up Maesgwm to the bwlch and down the ranger path.


As I gained height on the steep road the rain got harder and the wind stronger and I reluctantly Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Day 1”

Snowdonia 2011 – Planning

In a mad rush just before I disappeared to the North York Moors, I managed to make travel and accommodation arrangements for a week-long trip to Snowdonia taking place in early May. Now all I’ve got to do is work out what walks to do.

After my recent 10 day Cumbria Way trek, I fancied a change this time and specifically to base myself in one place and just do day walks – no heavy pack and the flexibility to adapt my walk programme as I go. Oh, and also, not having to sleep on a Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Planning”