To Snowdon and beyond
by foggieclimber » Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:50 pm
Hewitts included on this walk: Crib y Ddysgl, Foel Gron, Moel Cynghorion, Moel Eilio, Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa
Date walked: 22/10/2011
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I set out this morning hoping to undertake the Snowdon Horseshoe, however, given the MWIS forecast was advising of 60mph gusts, my intention was to ascend the Pyg track as far as the junction leading to Crib Goch and make a decision there based on the actual wind level.
I caught the 08:50 Snowdon Sherpa from Swallow Falls to Pen-y-Pass – a fantastic bus service operating at a fixed fare of only £1.
The car park at Pen-y-Pass costs a massive £10 for the day - despite the car park being quite large, it was full this morning by 09:00.
Pen-y-pass (Crib Goch in background):
Once off the bus, I set off along the Pyg track. My pace today must have been quite fast as I passed countless tourists during the ascent and wasn't overtaken.
Pyg track information:
View along Pass of Llanberis:
It didn't take long for me to come to the conclusion that Snowdon is a fantastic mountain. The Pyg track has far superior views to the Ben Nevis tourist path.
Following the Pyg track:
Crib Goch (zoomed):
On reaching the junction leading off to Crib Goch, I almost instantly decided to abandon the Snowdon Horseshoe today, as the wind was gale force. I could see a handful of people on Crib Goch – couragious or a bit radio rental?
Instead I opted to continue to the summit of Snowdon via the Pyg track and then continue along the ridge towards Llanberis.
There are several nice llyns (lakes) passed during the ascent
Looking back from Pyg track:
Snowdon and Glaslyn:
Glaslyn and Snowdon:
Y Lliwedd forms part of the Snowdon Horseshoe.
Looking across to Y Lliwedd:
Looking back from high-up the Pyg track:
Approaching the ridge to Snowdon:
I was a bit surprised to find the Snowdon Mountain Railway line only a few feet away from the path leading to the summit.
Obelisk marking start/end of Pyg track:
Path leading to Snowdon summit, alongside the Snowdon Mountain Railway:
Crib y Ddysgl and Crib Goch ridge:
Approaching the summit of Snowdon:
Was nice to reach the summit but a bit unfortunate that it was in cloud - it was very windy standing at the topograph.
Snowdon is a Hewitt, Marilyn and HuMP. At 1085m, it is the equivalent of a Scottish Munro (a Furth).
After visiting the topograph, I had a quick look in the restaurant before heading for the next hill.
Inside the summit restaurant:
From the restaurant, I continued back to the top of the Pyg track. From there, Carnedd Ugain looked really close so I opted to ascend it too before heading along the Snowdon Ranger Path towards Llanberis.
Ascending Carnedd Ugain:
Carnedd Ugain is a Hewitt. At 1065m, Carnedd Ugain is the equivalent of a Scottish Munro (a Furth).
Trig point on Carnedd Ugain:
From Carnedd Ugain, I returned almost as far as the start of the Pyg track before taking the Snowdon Ranger Path.
Snowdon Mountain train (zoomed):
I continued along the Snowdon Ranger path for a couple of kilometres.
Descending the Snowdon Ranger Path:
At the col, below Moel Cynghorion, I left the Snowdon Ranger path and then followed a faint path, up grassy slopes, towards the summit of Moel Cynghorion. After walking on hard track all the way up and half the way down Snowdon, it was nice to start walking on grass.
Ascent of Moel Cynghorion:
Looking back towards Llyn Ffynnon-y-gwas:
It didn't take long to reach the summit of Moel Cynghorion. Moel Eilio still looked a long way off with a few ups and downs to get to it.
Moel Cynghorion is a Hewitt, Marilyn and HuMP. At 674m, it is the equivalent of a Scottish Graham.
Looking towards Moel Eilio from the summit of Moel Cynghorion:
The descent was also pleasant, as was the whole traverse out to Moel Eilio and beyond.
Descending Moel Cynghorion:
Looking back to Moel Cynghorion from Foel Goch:
Small pile of stones at summit of Foel Goch:
Looking back towards a now distant Snowdon:
Ascending Foel Gron:
The next summit I reached was Foel Gron – the summit is a grassy knoll next to the fence.
Foel Gron is a Hewitt.
I was glad not to lose much height coming off of Foel Gron.
Moel Eilio from summit of Foel Gron:
Looking back towards Snowdon:
Compared with the small cairns marking the summits of Moel Cynghorion and Foel Goch, Moel Eilio has a very large windshelter.
Moel Eilio is another landmark hill for me – my 700th Marilyn.
Large summit windshelter on Moel Eilio:
Llanberis and Elidir Fawr:
From the summit of Moel Eilio, I followed a good track heading towards Llanberis.
Descent towards Llanberis:
By this point, my feet were telling me that I had undertaken a good walk. Seeing Snowdon now far in the distance also confirmed this.
Snowdon in the distance:
Looking back to Moel Eilio:
On reaching the track in the next photo, I followed it down into Llanberis.
Track leading to Llanberis:
From Llanberis, I caught the Snowdon Sherpa back to the Swallow Falls.
A superb day out despite the wind.
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by poppiesrara » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:49 am
Unusual to see someone's first impressions of Snowdon too - it is a beautiful mountain, but Welsh regulars seem to tend to have a pretty jaded view of it....
by malky_c » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:31 pm
Congratulations on the 700th Marilyn. I was wondering how far you were off getting another 100. Good to meet you at the weekend. I meant to chat to you more, but taking the **** out of Monty was just too much to resist. It should be a national sport
by mountainstar » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:09 pm
I could see a handful of people on Crib Goch – couragious or a bit radio rental?
Yes that was us later on too, too much beer the night before could be the reason, and it had not completely worn off, although I am a bit radio rental...that is I used to work for them at least
Actually it wasn't that bad on the ridge, although windy, it never got gusty enough to endanger us.
We were lucky with the cloud, by the time we reached the summit of Snowdon, it had lifted and we even had some sun
Some really nice pictures BTW
Malky, he never did it with us, he set early by bus.
by Bod » Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:35 pm
by SusieThePensioner » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:46 pm
by Jockstar » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:54 pm
by skuk007 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:15 pm
Looks like you had a nice clear day too.
by tomyboy73 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:44 pm
by pollyh33 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:33 pm
I have got to get my carcass down to Wales, it looks amazing