This week we headed up to Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. We opted to get there by train rather than by car which meant catching a train from London Euston to Chester and then changing trains to reach Bangor. The journey across the top of Wales is rather interesting as the railway line runs close to the seafront. From Bangor we took a local bus to the village of Llanberis before checking into the Pardarn Lake Hotel.
On Tuesday we took the Sherpa bus to Pen-Y-Pass to join the P.Y.G track to the top of Snowdon. The walk was certainly less tiring than last time I climbed Snowdon (this time not having taking part in the three peaks challenge). After a quick hot chocolate in the questionable cafe at the top we took the Llamberis path all the way back down into Llanberis village to enjoy some food and a beer at The Heights Cafe Bar. Later in the day we ate out at Llanberis Spice.
Wednesday involved a trip to Caernarfon to look around the town, harbour and castle. The weather was markedly coder than the previous day with a strong Northerly bringing down the temperature.
After a lovely few days up in North Wales we headed back down to the “big smoke” on Thursday afternoon.
Altitude Profile of the trek (P.Y.G track up, Llanberis path down)
Trek Map (Start: Pen-Y-Pass; Finish: Llanberis)
On Friday I headed off to Abergavenny with some friends to take part in the South Wales Three Peaks Trial in which we walked the gold route. This is in preparation for tackling the three peaks of Ben Nevis, scawfell Pike and Snowdon in the summer. Friday evening was spent in a pub where we worked out the route over a few drinks. We stayed the night at the Pyscodlyn Caravan park where I used my trusty my bivy bag (which I used on last year’s kayak expedition) and got a better nights sleep than the others who slept in the tents.
This actual event involved the ascent of three mountain peaks: Blorenge (559m), Sugar Loaf (596m) and Sirrid Fawr (486m). After registering, we set off from Abergavenny at around 08:15 and headed towards Blorenge where we scrambled our way up to the peak and our first checkpoint. The descent was much easier which was followed by a walk along the canal path and across the valley to the second checkpoint at Glangrwyney Bridge. The second peak involved a less taxing ascent along a long ridge. after checking in at the top of sugar loaf, we headed back down the other side of the mountain before stopping at the pub for some lunch and a drink. The final peak of Sirrid Fawr wasn’t quite a high as the other two peaks although the final 100 metres were pretty steep! From the checkpoint at the top, it was a simply a case of wandering back down to Abergavenny to check in just before 18:00 and enjoy a cup of warm soup after a wonderful day out on the hills. The weather was pretty much perfect for walking (dry and cool), although not for photography due to the substantial haze.
Stats were as follows: Total Distance: 33.04 Km | Moving Time: 7 Hours 40 Minutes | Stopped Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes | Moving Average: 4.3 km/h | Overall average: 3.3km/h | Total Ascent: 1481 metres
Below are a few photographs from the day.
Following a day walking the gorge we headed back to Porthcawl before heading in to Cardiff for a night out. A meal at a thai restaraunt was followed by several rounds of drinks before we ended up in the Walkabout. Sundays activities consisted of beach front football, quad biking and paintballing which produced more than a few bruises.
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This weekend I headed down to South Wales form my brother’s stag weekend. We kicked off the weekend with an outstanding duet of that Tom Jones classic ‘sex bomb’. We were so good in fact that during the performance the dance floor filled with newly acquired adorring welsh people. An evening out in Porthcawl was followed by gorge walking at Craig Y Ddinas. Freezing water – but great fun all the same!
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