Mount Snowdon The Easy Way 2013

Name of walk Mount Snowdon The Easy Way 2013
Date of walk 2013-05-30

We had planned to walk up Mt. Snowdon, but this time using a different route. Unfortunately my recent ascent of Scafell Pike had caused my knee to swell. I think another arthroscopy is imminent! The ascent of the Miners’ Track via the lakes and descent of the Pyg Track with its glorious views, would have to wait until another visit, I could barely get up and down stairs!

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Snowdon under cloud as we head for the LLanberis Pass.

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We took the train to the summit.....or cattle truck.

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Llanberis Pass below.

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Llyn Du r Arddu.......No, a cat has not walked across my keyboard!

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The tourist track, the train line and Clogwyn Station.

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Snowdon was clear as we headed up, but just as we were approaching the summit the mist came in. Ascending by train takes an hour. View out from the summit station

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Train with the cafe behind it. The last time we walked up the cafe was shut.

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No view at all in this direction.

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But there is currently one from the opposite side. I won't name the summits, as it just looks like more cat typing!

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The mist had started to obscure the ridge so I quickly nipped around the far side to look down on where the Pyg Track (higher) joins the Miners' Track (lower). Glaslyn just sticking out with the larger lake Llyn Llydaw behind.

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This is where the zig zag track joins the ridge, a much better and more scenic approach than the tourist track. Mist is now starting to come from the other direction too.

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The ridge to the summit.

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No view today! Just like last January.

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At least we can see the cafe this time!

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We join the masses for a cup of coffee. You only get half an hour on the summit.

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Heading back down in the train.

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The tourist trail is packed with people.

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The Halfway House.

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Another train on its way to the summit far left. The masses on the tourist trail, but Snowdon still in cloud.

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Back at the station.

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We took a walk to Llyn Padarn and the Country Park, across the lake was a steam train from the Lakeside Railway.

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The we headed up to the remains of Dolbadarn Castle, built in the 13th century by Welsh Prince, Llywelyn The Great.

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Great views across Llyn Peris to the slate quarries and power station. Still cloud on the Glyders.

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Looking back to Llyn Padarn

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The Llanberris Pass

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When we got back to Portmeirion we treated ourselves to a cream tea on the terrace. In 'The Prisoner' the hotel was the Old People's Home.......no change there then!

Snowdon remained in cloud for the rest of the day, so a good job we got their early.

Jo.

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