Recently I made a last minute decision to drive from Devon to Snowdonia National Park in north Wales. It really was a spur of the moment thing – I just felt like a change of scenery and the mountains were a good a place as any! So at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon I started driving, and 5.5hrs later I was in the mountains.
I arrived late, so it was straight to bed as soon as I arrived, and I chose to park up alongside Llyn Ogwen (Lake Ogwen) under the shadow of Tryfan – one of the 3000ft peaks in Snowdonia. A few vans had the same idea, so I slotted my van at the end of the line, and settled down for the night.
Sunday morning dawned, and I was greeted by clear blue skies and a gentle breeze. The superb conditions were capitalised on, as the place was soon a hive of activity, with walkers and climbers appearing everywhere.
I decided to climb Tryfan to get some photos of the lake from further up the mountain. It was tough going – Dartmoor this was not – the going was insanely steep, and not what I was used to. My GPS told me I had gained 300ft in height, in less than 0.3 of a mile. Next time I will take an easier route up Tryfan haha.
At lunchtime I drove down to Llanberis to get some 4G internet so I could catch up with some work, and grab some supplies from the local shop – namely some chocolate digestive biscuits that I had forgotten to get on the way to Wales. After lunch I headed back up into the mountains, and headed for a few well known bouldering spots to do some climbing.
Bouldering and climbing is increasing rapidly in popularity, so it was great to chat to a few of the local boulderers and get some “beta” (beta is climbing slang for the correct sequences and moves to complete a climb). The sun shone down and warmed the rock, not ideal conditions but I spent a few hours climbing some great routes and problems and was really enjoying myself.
That evening I popped down to Llanberis again, grabbed some chips and did a little bit more work before returning to the mountains to get some photos and videos of the sunset. I really should have climbed a mountain to get some shots, but I was knackered from the days activities, so stayed close to the road. I returned to Llyn Ogwen for a second night, and joined another load of vans and motorhomes for night.
It was really great to get back to Snowdonia – even if it was only for a couple of days. I hadn’t been there for over 10 years, so it was long overdue, and I wont be leaving it as long next time!
I hope you enjoy the short video vlog above that I put together of my few days in Wales, I have put some additional photos below for you to check out as well. If you have any questions of comments, be sure to leave them in the comments section below!