Llanberis 2014

 

On Saturday both Phil Bullen and John Pimblett led walks to the top of Snowdon. 

 

Phil led a group of 16 on an 8 mile ascent from Peny-Y -Pass up Snowdon via the Pyg Track, a "moderate" climb (according to the Website 'Walking Britain').  In Phil’s book the top zig-zag section would have to be classed as "severe" especially when there are hundreds of walkers moving up and down at the same time!  John’s group followed the Llanberis Tourist Track from the hotel.

Both groups made it to a damp and cloudy and cold summit for lunch and a photo stop.

It was like Blackpool up there with crowds of walkers and dogs, including many young children and charity walkers.

 

The descent via the Llanberis path was not without incident, one fall, one twisted ankle plus some dodgy knees, but all survived to walk another day.  

Rehearsal for the “show” was postponed as the stars were all “shattered”!

On Sunday Phil and John led a party of 9 on an extended circuit of Llyn Padarn.  Starting from the hotel they climbed steeply above Llanberis to view the town from above the extensive quarry, stopping on the way up to view the derelict miners’ cottages known as Anglesey Barracks, so named because they were the week-time accommodation of workers from Anglesey.  A descent through the woods to the lakeside and a circuit of the lake back to the hotel completed a leisurely walk.  A complete change from the previous day's trek.