Category Archives: Snowdonia

A snowy walk on a Winter’s Day

Last month I spent the week in Snowdonia with my humans and we decided to walk a section of the Miner’s Track up Snowdon.  Ensuring the humans were wrapped up warm, off we ventured to explore the Miner’s Track and take in the breath taking views of the snowy landscape ahead of us.

From the Pen y Pass car park, we passed through a gate and followed the gentle upward sloped path. It was not long before we had mountains surrounding us.

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The first lake we passed was Llyn Teyrn – the frozen lake looked stunning set within the snowy peaks of the mountains.

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The second lake we came to was Llyn Llydaw and the panoramic view of the snowy mountains was awe-inspiring.

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Ice was beginning to cover the path, so the humans thought it wise not to walk on any further – especially as I do not have a doggy ice axe or crampons! So we retraced our steps and headed back to the car.

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BUT before we did, HuDad and I frolicked in the snow!

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“…I began a life long love affair with a pile of rock”

Coniston Old Man

The Old Man of Coniston

“…I began a life long love affair with a pile of rock.”

Edward Abbey

I have “bagged” a few mountains, as they say. It is one of my most favourite things being out in the fresh air, sniffing here and there! There is always a guarantee of a treat for me at the summit! Here is my list of those mountains bagged so far…

  1. Snowdon – Wales.
  2. Moel Hebog – Wales.
  3. Red Screes – England.
  4. Catbells – England.
  5. Skelgill Bank – England.
  6. The Old Man of Coniston – England.
  7. Brim Fell – England.
  8. Pen y Fan – Wales.
  9. Corn Du – Wales.
  10. Cribyn – Wales.
  11. Fan y Big – Wales.

I would love to hear what your favourite mountain is to walk up – let me know by leaving a comment on my blog or twoof me @rubys_rambles on Twitter.

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Ruby Dog x

3 Dog friendly walks in Snowdonia

Looking for some where to walk your dog? Maybe I can help! Whether you are looking for unspoilt beaches, mountain climbs, coastal paths or just a leisurely ramble, Snowdonia has it all… plus the views are free!

Beddgelert – A beautiful village in the heart of Snowdonia is a place of legend. A short walk from the village leads you to the resting place of “Gelert” – the faithful hound of the Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great.

The legendary "Gelert"

The legendary “Gelert”

The story written on Gelert’s tombstone reads:

“In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent. On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood. The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry. Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here”.

At the end of your scamper, return to the village and pop into the Saracens Head for a drink or a bite to eat. By the way muddy boots and paws are welcome in the bar here.

Black Rock Sands – A huge sandy beach, so huge in fact that you can drive on it! The name comes from the headland rock dominating the beach to the West.

The sandy beach and caves of Black Rock Sands

The sandy beach and caves of Black Rock Sands

Here you can explore the beach, rock pools and low level caves. This is a location where a picnic is a must. Watch out there are doggy restrictions!

Enjoying sniffing and exploring Black Rock Sands

Enjoying sniffing and exploring Black Rock Sands

Snowdon – Walk up Wales highest mountain standing at 1085 metres above sea level. There are six main footpaths to choose from including: Pyg Track, Miner’s Track, Snowdon Ranger, Watkin Path, Llanberis Path and the Rhyd Dhu Path. The Snowdon Sherpa shuttles around the base of Snowdon connecting the paths, meaning you can go up one path and down another.  When you get to the top, have a well-deserved cuppa and snack at the Summit Visitor Centre – Hafod Eryin. The views are just pawsome!

Hafod Eryri - Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre

Hafod Eryri – Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre

Don’t fancy walking? No problem, your humans can get the Snowdon Mountain Railway from Llanberis. The Snowdon Mountain railway is just over four miles long from Llanberris to the summit and is the only rack and pinion railway in the United Kingdom.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway

Stay in Llanberris with UKbreakaways at The Royal Victoria Hotel – dogs can be accommodated by prior arrangement.

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Ruby X

A Snowdon sunrise

Sun appearing on the horizon.

Sun appearing on the horizon.

Route Information

Distance: 8 miles

Time: 5-6 hours

Grade: Arduous

Here are some photos of an early morning walk my HuDad and I did following the Watkin path up to the summit of Snowdon.  HuDad parked up at the car park of Pont Bethania and we followed the road to the signed Watkin Path. We set off in the dark, so I had my special collar with the light on and HuDad had his head torch on to guide our way. We witnessed the most spectacular sunrise, if only we had set off earlier to witness it at the top!

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Ruby Dog x

The only word I can think of is "enchanting"

The only word I can think of is “enchanting”

Looking over to Llyn Llydaw

Looking over to Llyn Llydaw

Promise of a new day.

A Snowdon gem!

A beautiful clear morning.

Beautiful clear morning.

Nearing the Snowdon summit, looking back on the Watkin path.

Nearing the Snowdon summit, looking back on the Watkin path.

Distinctive finger of rock marks the route.

Distinctive finger of rock marks the route.

Taking it the views of Snowdonia. Not a person about!

Taking in the views of Snowdonia. Not a person about!

Summit point reached!

Summit point reached and a well earned treat!

The only way is to head back down!

The only way is to head back down!

 

Snowdon – The Pyg Track and Miner’s Track

Route Information

Distance: 7 miles

Time: 6 hours

Grade: Moderate

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!

Wet dog

Wet dog

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.

Zigzags of Snowdon

Zigzags of Snowdon

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.

Shores of the lake

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.

My Grandparents!

My Grandparents!

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.

Remains of mine building's

Remains of mine building’s

A damp walk, but still enjoyable. Oh Grandad never got his coffee and cake. The Pen y Pass café was closed!

*waggy tail*

Ruby x