Now, I don’t go to Wales anything like as much as I go to the Lake District, but it’s my next most visited area. This is partly because an annual reunion of my university friends has taken place in Wales a few times, enabling me to get some walks in on the Brecon Beacons and Pumlumon. But Snowdonia’s where it’s really at. So this page is an index of my Welsh walks, or at least will be once I write them up.
1. July 2005 – 3 Peaks
One day at work an email came around from the Head of IT looking for volunteers to enter a charity 3 Peaks challenge, where we would be competing against a number of teams from the IT industry. He was keen enough to provide some budget for the cost of the minibus for our team of 9, and to give us a couple of extra free days holiday in order to uphold the honour of his department. I put my name down and found myself made team captain. Anyway, more to follow here in due course, but suffice it to say that the team did conquer the 3 Peaks, although not all of the individual team members.
2. June 2007 – Black Mountain
Banished from my daughter’s girls-only birthday party and sleepover, I packed the tent and my son into the car and headed for my local mountain. So far from the mountains do I live, however, that my local mountain is technically in a different country. We camped in a field at Llanthony before walking over Black Mountain, Hay Bluff, Twmpa and down the ridge to Chwarel y Fan. Then another night in the tent and back home.
3. September 2007 – Welsh 3000ers
Looking for a last chance to walk, I found an organised Welsh 3000ers break where you do the 3 sets of mountains over 3 days of a long weekend, with the Carneddau the first day, then Tryfan and the Glyders, finishing with Snowdon. It was windy to start with on the last day, so instead of tackle Crib Goch in ascent, we delayed it until the afternoon and the descent when the wind was due to die down.
4. April 2009 – Brecon Beacons
Another annual reunion and staying near Neath gave the opportunity for a day on the Beacons with a walk over Corn Ddu, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big. Also, our cottage was at the base of Mynydd Marchywel (a Marilyn) which made a nice early morning leg stretch.
5. April 2010 – Mid Wales
Annual reunion time again, and this time based in Montgomery. While the rest of the party spent a day in Aberystwyth, I walked around Pumlumon. Also, once again our cottage was at the bottom of a hill, Caeliber Isaf, once again a Marilyn. So a nice afternoon walk, although it involved some creative use of farm fields due to the lack of marked paths.
This trip replaced my original plan to do the Cambrian Way in two sections – I realised it was Snowdonia that I wanted to do, so thought I’d just do that. For this trip I based myself in Beddgelert, and after a walk-in around Moel Elio past YHA Snowdon Ranger, did a series of day walks using the local buses.