Thursday, 15 May 2014

Snowdonia, on 2 feet and two wheels

On Sunday literally as soon as I got back from Lincoln I grabbed all my walking gear loaded it up in the car and we (Mitch and I) set off for Snowdonia. This two day trip was designed as a test for our Welsh 3 Peaks challenge next month where myself, Mitch and Ryan the same trio that completed the Welsh 3000’s last year (the report for this can be found here) are looking to complete the Welsh 3 peaks challenge however Mitch and I are adding in a twist as we are cycling between each peak with Ryan being a support vehicle.
So on the Monday with the weather being wet, miserable and low visibility we decided to go for a walk on well-known territory and we headed up Snowdon direct from the campsite at Llyn Gwynant, going up the Watkin Path and down the Pyg Track in a large circular walk a total of 11.1 miles and 4049ft of ascent which took us around 7hrs 15 mins. The weather heading up was not particularly pleasant and it was nice to have a dry stop in the café which was very quiet a total contrast to a weekend day, we even managed to have the trig point to ourselves. Heading down the Pyg track the weather started to break and we did end up with some nice views across Llyn Llydaw to Y Lliwedd. Photos from this walk can be found here.

The second part of this trip was to test the legs with a good bike ride after a challenging walk therefore on Tuesday we headed down to Bala and rode the 32 mile loop up Bwlch y Groes down and around Lake Vyrnwy then back over the Hirnant Pass to Bala. I really enjoy this short but tough loop so much so I have now done this 3 times, some stunning scenery to be seen including the Aran ridge and Lake Vyrnwy which is just beautiful. Anyway we completed the ride with relative ease and we were satisfied we had passed the test ahead of next month’s challenge, however we were left in no uncertain terms of just how tough it will be…… Roll on next month.

Lake Vyrnwy dam in full flow - taken on phone

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