Sunday, 20 September 2009

Hillwalking and more in Snowdonia, Sep'09

With the writing of the Pocket Mountain's book finished and handed in, we took a week off to chill out and hill-walk. We intended to have a few days in Wales, then head down to Devon, however weather was excellent, so we remained in Wales for the week exploring Snowdonia and to the north and west. We tried to do the classic Snowdon horseshoe traverse, but made the mistake of heading out on Saturday - soooo busy. We couldn't park anywhere, so drove west and aimed up on the Watkin path instead. This is a lovely route following waterfalls into a coire, then an obvious path up to Bwlch y Saethau then to the summit with its new station and thousands of folk. I'd never seen crowds on a summit the likes of this before. We took the south ridge off - much quieter.

Sunday was spent in the forests around Betws-y-Coed and we found a beautiful lochan with a view onto Moel Siabod. I had to have a wander up this, so after visiting castles and beaches the next day, I enjoyed a quick run up this hill. Between the clouds flowing over the crest, I managed to get some glimpses of the views onto Snowdon and Tryfan, but nothing worth photographing. Probably the most exciting this we did was the Tree Top Adventure course just outside Betws-y-Coed - quite scary and challenging. It will hopefully have built my confidence up for heading up to the In-Pinn shortly ! Some photos on the Flickr page.