Snowdon in the clouds

With the recent nice weather I felt like tackling Mount Snowdon again. It had been a couple of years and I remembered enjoying it immensely, despite being out of breath occasionally. As the weather forecast wasn’t too bad, sunny with some clouds, I set out for the highest mountain in England and Wales. Unfortunately the forecast didn’t mention I had to walk within those clouds…

As I was too late for the other routes, I opted for the most popular one, the Llanberis Path, alongside the Snowdon Mountain Railway. It didn’t start out too bad but soon enough I could only imagine the views.

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No chance of getting lost.

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The easiest way to get to the summit – the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

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Looking back to the halfway house in the distance.

The name “Snowdon” is from the Old English for “snow hill”, while the Welsh name – Yr Wyddfa – means “the tumulus”, which may refer to the cairn thrown over the legendary giant Rhitta Gawr after his defeat by King Arthur.

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Walking in the clouds. At least I knew I was still on the right track.

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The “Snowdon Lily”  seemed to come out of nowhere.

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The clouds started to break up, granting us a bit of a view. Lake Glaslyn below with the Pig Track and Miners’ Track clearly visible.

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Almost there.

Reaching the summit we were rewarded with some brief sunny spells. With a height of 1085 metres, Snowdon is the highest mountain in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is located in the Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, North Wales, and was used by Edmund Hillary in training for the 1953 ascent of Mount Everest.

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The views are stunning on a clear day but even impressive with some clouds.

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It felt like the world beyond the summit ceased to exist.

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Picnic with a view.

Since my last visit to the top of Mount Snowdon a new summit station was built. On a clear day the views from the café must be spectacular.

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“Hafod Eyri” was opened in 2009. “Hafod” is Welsh for an upland residence, while “Eryri” is the Welsh name for Snowdonia

Finally, the clouds decided to vanish and the sun came out. Too bad I was already more than half way down again.

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I was almost all the way back down when we had the most glorious sunshine.

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It is sheep country, even though you couldn’t see them before.

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Looking towards Llanberis and Llyn Padarn.

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Llanberis originally grew up around the slate quarrying industry.

I will definitely try one of the other paths soon but I make sure there is not one single cloud in sight.

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