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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, the clouds decided to vanish and the sun came out. Too bad I was already more than half way down again.
I will definitely try one of the other paths soon but I make sure there is not one single cloud in sight.