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Snowdon
Expedition 2013




Welcome to my Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Expedition page.

On 23 June 2013, after participating in the Stone St. Michael's 10k road race, I headed off into North Wales. Having bagged Ben Nevis last year, it seemed like a good idea to bag Snowdon Next.

After briefly considering the various routes to the summit, I settled on the Watkin Path, indicated by the Snowdonia National Park Authority as 'thought to be one of the most hard going paths up Snowdon, as it starts only a little above sea level'.

I'd chosen Llyn Gwynant Campsite in the valley of Nant Gwynant for its surroundings, good facilities and proximity to the start of the Watkin Path. As I arrived in the valley, low rain clouds had just passed and the sky was starting to lighten again, so it was a good time to pitch the tent.

The Met. Office forecast for Snowdonia indicated that the weather would improve for the next day (Monday), although there was likely to be limited visibility on the summit, and would further improve for Tuesday. So Tuesday would be a better day for the ascent.

On Monday, I drove up out of Nant Gwynant for a trip to Betws-y-Coed.

The sky above the campsite on Tuesday morning was clear, so it was off down to Bethania for the start of the Watkin Path and the ascent of Snowdon.

For most of the ascent, the summit of Snowdon was shrouded in cloud, but for the final sections of the ascent the cloud cleared, allowing good and then excellent visibility from the Snowdon summit.

It had been quite tricky to see the path during the steepest parts of the ascent, particularly zig-zag section, but for the descent the Watkin Path was clearly visible below and offered new perspectives on the landscape.

Afterwards, refreshments and an excellent steak and ale pie at the Tanronnen Inn in Beddgelert were most welcome.

So, that's Ben Nevis and now Snowdon bagged. Scafell Pike next!


Llyn Gwynant Campsite

Llyn Gwynant
Llyn Gwynant
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Gallt y Wenallt (619m) looming over my little green tent
Gallt y Wenallt (619m) looming over my little green tent
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360 panorama at Llyn Gwynant Campsite.

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360 panorama at Llyn Gwynant Campsite



360 panorama from the Nant Gwynant viewpoint.

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360 panorama from the Nant Gwynant viewpoint



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Nant Gwynant

Views from the Nant Gwynant viewpoint on the A498.

Looking down the valley to Llyn Gwynant
Looking down the valley to Llyn Gwynant
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Visitor information at the Nant Gwynant viewpoint
Visitor information at the Nant Gwynant viewpoint
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Cwm Dyli hydro-electric power station in the valley below
Cwm Dyli hydro-electric power station in the valley below
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Looking up the valley to Moel Berfdd
Looking up the valley to Moel Berfdd
You can see the A 4086 looping around it.
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Betws-y-Coed

Some views around Betws-y-Coed.

The River Llugwy near Pont-y-Pair
The River Llugwy near Pont-y-Pair
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The suspension footbridge over the River Conwy
The suspension footbridge over the River Conwy
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Reflection on the River Conwy
Reflection on the River Conwy
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View through the trees from the A 5 near Betws-y-Coed
View through the trees from the A 5 near Betws-y-Coed
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The Watkin Path and the ascent of Snowdon

View from Pont Bethania car park toward Snowdon shrouded in cloud
View from Pont Bethania car park toward Snowdon shrouded in cloud
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The start of the Watkin Path at Bethania
The start of the Watkin Path at Bethania
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A sylvan scene on the Watkin Path
A sylvan scene on the Watkin Path
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Llyn Gwynant from the Watkin Path
Llyn Gwynant from the Watkin Path
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Waterfalls on the River Cwm Llan
Waterfalls on the River Cwm Llan
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Y Lliwedd (898m) and the waterfalls on the River Cwm Llan
Y Lliwedd (898m) and the waterfalls on the River Cwm Llan
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View back down to Nant Gwynant
View back down to Nant Gwynant
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Approaching Gladstone Rock
Approaching Gladstone Rock
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The plaque on Gladstone Rock commemorating the opening of the path to the summit
The plaque on Gladstone Rock commemorating the opening of the path to the summit
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The path above the old works of the South Snowdon Slate Quarry
The path above the old works of the South Snowdon Slate Quarry
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Yr Aran (747m) and the old works of the South Snowdon Slate Quarry
Yr Aran (747m) and the old works of the South Snowdon Slate Quarry
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The path up to Bwlch Ciliau, the ridge between Snowdon and Y Lliwedd
The path up to Bwlch Ciliau, the ridge between Snowdon and Y Lliwedd
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The cloud clears briefly from the Snowdon summit
The cloud clears briefly from the Snowdon summit
You can see the path heading to the left of the summit.
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Llyn Llydaw seen from Bwlch Ciliau
Llyn Llydaw seen from Bwlch Ciliau
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Llyn Llydaw and Carnedd y Cribau (591m)
Llyn Llydaw and Carnedd y Cribau (591m)
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The path gets steep with lots of loose rock
The path gets steep with lots of loose rock
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The standing stone at the top of Bwlch Main and the path to the summit
The standing stone at the top of Bwlch Main and the path to the summit
Here the Watkin Path meets the Rhyd Ddu Path.
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The summit of Snowdon

Approaching the summit: the train of the Snowdon Mountain Railway approaches its destination
Approaching the summit: the train of the Snowdon Mountain Railway
approaches its destination
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Approaching the summit: Hafod Eryri, the Summit Visitor Centre
Approaching the summit: Hafod Eryri, the Summit Visitor Centre
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The Snowdon summit (1085m), cairn and and triangulation station
The Snowdon summit (1085m), cairn and triangulation station
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Pirie on the Snowdon summit (1085m)
Pirie on the Snowdon summit (1085m)
 


Innis & Gunn Original on the Snowdon summit (1085m)
Innis & Gunn Original on the Snowdon summit (1085m)
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Looking down the Snowdon Mountain Railway toward Llanberis and Llyn Padarn
Looking down the Snowdon Mountain Railway toward Llanberis and Llyn Padarn
(Looking northwest)
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The Pyg Track, the Miners' Track, Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw
The Pyg Track, the Miners' Track, Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw
(Looking northeast)
The Pyg Track is the upper track and the Miners' Track leads down to Glaslyn.
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Y Lliwedd (898m)
Y Lliwedd (898m)
(Looking southeast)
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Yr Aran (747m) and Cardigan Bay on the right horizon
Yr Aran (747m) and Cardigan Bay on the right horizon
(Looking south)
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Mynydd Mawr (698m), Llyn Cwellyn and Moel Eilio (726m)
Mynydd Mawr (698m), Llyn Cwellyn and Moel Eilio (726m)
Mynydd Mawr on the left and Moel Eilio on the right.
(Looking west-northwest)
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Yr Aran (747m) and Cardigan Bay on the right horizon
Inscriptions on the wall of Hafod Eryri, the Summit Visitor Centre

Copa'r Wyddfa:    Yr ydych chwi, yma,    Yn nes at y nefoedd.

The summit of Snowdon:    Here, you are nearer    To heaven.
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The World at my Feet
The World at my Feet
View down on to the Watkin Path
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The descent

Y Lliwedd (898m) and the Watkin Path ahead
Y Lliwedd (898m) and the Watkin Path ahead
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Zig-zagging down the steep slope to Bwlch Ciliau
Zig-zagging down the steep slope to Bwlch Ciliau
It was much easier to see the path from above!
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Bwlch Ciliau and Y Lliwedd (898m)
Bwlch Ciliau and Y Lliwedd (898m)
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Cwm Tregalan and Yr Aran (747m)
Cwm Tregalan and Yr Aran (747m)
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A clear view of Snowdon (1085m)
A clear view of Snowdon (1085m)
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A clear view of Snowdon (1085m)
A close up of the steep section of the Watkin Path
It's the diagonal line up from the right to the middle and the not so distinct zig-zag section above.
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The quarrymen's barracks and old works of the South Snowdon Slate Quarry
The quarrymen's barracks and old works of the South Snowdon Slate Quarry
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Cotton Grass in Cwm Llan
Cotton Grass in Cwm Llan
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360 panorama from the Snowdon summit.

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360 panorama from the Snowdon summit



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