Snowdon - up the miners, down to llanberis

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By Graywoodhouse on 10/11/23 at 8:06pm

Hills walked:
Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa (Furth, Welsh 3000, Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, HuMP, High Hill of Britain, Clem, Sim, County Top - Administrative, County Top - Historic, County Top - Current County and Unitary Authority, and Tump)
Date started:31/10/2023
Distance:14.7 km or 9.1 miles
Ascent:767m or 2516ft
Descent:1048m or 3438ft
Start OSGB:SH646552
Time taken:4:55

A half-term walk up Snowdon with my lad, the day before storm Ciaran!

Wanting to walk up the Miners for the scenery we parked in Llanberis and waited for the bus up to Pen-y-Pass... thanks to the winter timetable meaning less frequent busses we ended up taking a taxi with a friendly couple we got chatting to at the bus stop meaning we could start 20 minutes earlier.

Fantastic views of the lakes and waterfalls going up the miners track (I've only ever walked down it before on a miserable wet day where I mainly saw my feet and the inside of my hood). I'd forgotten how steep the steep bit was but it was good fun and there were plenty of people out and about for a bit of a chat on the way up.

No views from the top (as per), and the cafe had closed two days previously!

Going down the Llanberis path was long and tough on the knees and calfs. Saw plenty of people (not particularly well equipped) heading up in the late afternoon perhaps not realising the clocks had gone back! Thankfully the clouds started to give way to intermittent sunshine and we got some decent views of the surrounding hills and the lake bathed in sunshine on the return leg.

****Some pics

Lake and mine buildings


The steep bit!

Looking back over Crib Goch

The sun came out on the way down to Llanberis

Hope they didn't run out of daylight

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