Saturday, March 17, 2012

Watkin Path

I decided I'd take it easy this week after running the Blackpool Marathon last Sunday, so I decided to have a day off and walk up Snowdon instead! My friend Jane and I walked to the summit via the picturesque Watkin Path. We couldn't believe our luck with the weather, when we climbed this path last August we got soaked to the skin but today (14th) our only problem was overheating in the bright spring sunshine; I even had to apply sunscreen. Managed to see quite a few Ravens on the way up, and a very smart pair of Grey Wagtails were seen on the Afon Cwm Llan. The Watkin Path near the summit is little more than a loose scree slope which provided a little scambling fun, but could be treacherous in poor weather. After visiting the summit, time-out for a picnic was very welcome. We descended via Bwlch Main, a beautiful ridge with stunning views into Cwm Clogwyn and Cwm Tregalan. The impressive summit of Yr Aran was a tempting addition but the fading light precluded this diversion. A curry and a beer in Llangollen on the way home rounded off a beautiful day in Wales.

Pausing to admire the view across Llyn Llydaw

The summit of Snowdon. Sunshine and no mist!

The route down, Bwlch Main with Yr Aran behind.

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