Organisers – Richie & Rick
Where – Snowdon Lodge, Lawrence House, Church St, Tremadog, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9PS
When – 15th-17th Sep 2017 (Friday-Sunday)
Cost – £129.00 (includes 2 nights’ accommodation and guided walks) – or £258 for a double room
For this weekend we are visiting Snowdonia. We will depart on Friday after work and make our way to Snowdonia (car sharing will be available for those that need it and options will be announced nearer the time). We have booked Snowdon Lodge as exclusive hire, for our sole use. It sleeps 33-35 but we will limit to 33 for this trip. It is a Grade 2 Listed building and the birthplace of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and will be the perfect location for the walks and activities we have planned. The centrally heated property contains a mixture of doubles, twins and dormitory (5-6 bunk beds) rooms. There are a number of showers and toilets, large dining room, self catering kitchen and a lounge with TV and log burning stove plus a drying room. On Saturday evening people can self cater, but most of the group are likely to eat out locally in a pub which will be booked nearer the time.
Snowdon (1085m): Rhyd-Dhu Path (used to be known as the Beddgelert Path since it was from this village that walkers started their journey to the summit) & Snowdon Ranger Path (John Morton the self proclaimed ‘Snowdon Ranger’ used the path to guide Victorian tourists to the summit).
On Saturday after breakfast we will drive to Rhyd-Ddu station which is a 20 minute journey from the accommodation. The station is on the Welsh Highland Railway line and so you may see a steam train at the start. Our primary route is just over 9 miles (14km) and is one of the less busy routes up Snowdon. Once at the summit (1085m) we will return via the Snowdon Ranger Path which will take us back down to the car park. We will then return to the accommodation for hot showers and then an evening meal at a local pub (with options for those who want to self-cater at the accommodation).
Snowdon Route Option: Once at the summit, we will have an option to walk the Miners Track which adds a further 5 miles (8km) to our route – this track was built to carry copper from the Britannia Copper Works near Llyn Glaslyn to Pen y Pass, where it was then transported to Caernarfon. The mining came to an end in 1916, remains from the work can still be seen on the path to this day.
Tryfan (918m): Heather Terrace & Glyders. Tryfan is a mountain in the Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia, Wales. It forms part of the Glyderau group, and is one of the most famous and recognisable peaks in Britain, having a classic pointed shape with rugged crags.
On Sunday after breakfast we will quickly clear and clean the accommodation and then drive to Tryfan car park (near Lyn Ogwen) a 35 minute journey. The route today is only a 6 mile (10km) route, but involves some of the hardest terrain in Snowdonia. The route up to Tryfan is via Heather Terrace which is easier and involves less scrambling than the other routes. Once at the top there is time to jump between Adam and Eve Stones for anyone with a head for heights. We then head to the two Glyders which are like a moonscape. Views up here are spectacular in good visibility and we will pass the Cantilever Stone, which is always a popular photo opportunity. The descent is via Devil’s Kitchen before reaching Llyn Idwal and then the route tracks back to the vehicles.
Day 2 Route Option: Pen yr Ole Wen and the Carneddau. In almost the same start location as the Tryfan walk but on the other side of the road is the start to the Carneddau range. This 9 mile (15km) route includes the peaks of Carnedd Dafydd (1044m) and Carnedd Llewelyn (1064m). It is a less technical walk than Tryfan but still a full mountain day.
After the Sunday hike, we will drive straight from the finish to London (with some comfort breaks) and plan to be back in London around 8pm on Sunday evening.
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