Distance: 7 miles
Time: 6 hours
Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) is the highest mountain in Wales standing at 1085 metres above sea level. This trip was not only my first mountain to be bagged, but also my Grandparents (Mick and Sharon). With the rucksack packed with treats, bottles of water and poo bags, we started the walk from the car park at Pen y Pass. The human advice from Mum and Dad is to get to the car park as soon as you can, as it fills up early – especially on fine days. Head to the West of the car park to pick up the Pyg Track. The stepped section gains height with the East end of Crib Goch seen in the distance. I have never seen so many sheep to play with, but Dad being the spoil sport he is would not let me. The track climbs steadily to reach Bwlchy Moch. At this point the path forked. We stayed left to continue along the Pyg track (going right leads to Crib Goch). This point offers some of the most “pawsome” views in North Wales – just a shame I could not see them. Never trust a weather forecast – showers with breaks of sunny spells…yeh down the valley! This was proving to be a very wet walk! Note: some of the pictures are from a previous walk Mum and Dad did, so you can see what it is like without the fog! Despite the wet weather Grandad was spurred on by the thought of some warmth and a cup of coffee at the summit station café. Onwards and upwards!
The Miner’s track ascends from the left to meet the path we were on. The path gradually becomes steeper to meet the zigzags. At the top of the path is a large stone marker, we turned left at this finger of rock (worth noting for the return journey) to follow the track alongside the Snowdon Mountain railway to Snowdon’s summit point. Now for a well-earned treat!!! Well I got one, Grandad said some choice human words, when he realised the summit mountain café was closed.
We retraced our steps to the finger of rock, to descend the zigzags. At the next stone marker, we picked up the Miner’s track for a steep descent to the shores of the lake.
Due to the fog and rain the way ahead was unclear. Dad decided to go on into the fog to see that we were on the right path. I called out to Dad, as I was worried. When he appeared from the fog, I ran to greet him – dragging Grandad with me. Grandad claims I tried to kill him. Grandad over-exaggerates! All that was keeping Grandad going now after his near death experience was a cup of coffee and slice of cake at the café in Pen y Pass.
The Miner’s track was then followed passing the remains of mine buildings, walking over the causeway dividing Llyn Llydaw, before walking the final stage back to Pen y Pass.
A damp walk, but still enjoyable. Oh Grandad never got his coffee and cake. The Pen y Pass café was closed!