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Not Snowdon

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:03 am
by andy63

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I did two of Snowdon's neighbours but didn't quite get to the top of the big one.

Parking the car in Llanberis, I caught the bus up to Pen y Pass, then took the Miners Path and turned left onto the path leading to Y Lliwedd.

Miners track

Lliwedd path


The path becomes a scramble as it heads up to the ridge, and then a good path leads up to the summit.


The path gets steeper

Up the ridge towards Lliwedd and Snowdon

distant mountains


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I didn't stay long on the summit of Y Lliwedd because I was attacked by a swarm of flies.

Y Lliwedd summit

There's a long rocky descent with a bit of scrambling before the path joins the Watkin Path route up Snowdon. The upper reaches of the Watkin Path are very steep - the kind of path that would be difficult to climb without having good grip on your shoes.


Looking back at Y Lliwedd

Top of Watkin Path

It was a sunny day in the school holidays so it wasn't surprising to find a lot of people on Snowdon - probably the most crowded summit area I've ever been on.

Lleyn Peninsula

Snowdon summit

I decided the summit already had enough people standing on it so I didn't bother with it (I'd been there twice before.) Instead I went to the nearby top of Garnedd Ugain, also known as Crib y Ddysgl.

Garnedd Ugain / Crib y Ddysgl

This was a more important objective to me as it meant I'd finally completed the Welsh 3000 footers.
Although the summit wasn't deserted, it was a more peaceful place to stop for lunch than the other place.

Garnedd Ugain summit

I started following the Crib y Ddysgl ridge downhill, but when I came to a downward scramble I didn't like the look of, I changed my mind and went down the easy way instead.

Crib y Ddysgl


Pyg track descent

Re: Not Snowdon

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:13 pm
by HalfManHalfTitanium
great photos of a day with perfect conditions!

Re: Not Snowdon

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:04 pm
by ChrisW
Great stuff and lovely photos in the very best of weather andy, awesome :clap: Congrats on nailing the last of the welsh 3000's. I can understand you avoiding Snowdon summit, there always seems to be far too many folks up there....until the train stops running :wink:

Re: Not Snowdon

PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:40 am
by jacob
Nothing wrong with walking past Snowdon summit. Yes, it's Wales's highest, but no, it's not the most impressive gsummit on the horseshoe. There's great views to be captured from Y Lliwedd, while missing out on the crowds. Good choice, good report.

Re: Not Snowdon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:01 am
by DaveX
Weather looked amazing for you! Love the route you've taken but never seen it so sunny and green. Mega mountain envy.

Re: Not Snowdon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:47 pm
by simon-b
Great scenery in a spectacular place, Andy. It's ages since I climbed Snowdon, and I've been away from Wales too long. The Welsh 3000 footers are definitely on the radar now. Looks like you had a superb day, avoiding the crowds.