North Wales: Climbing Snowdon

  Over the late May bank holiday, Lucas and I journeyed down to Wales for the long weekend. We spent Friday through Monday in Caernarfon touring castles, hiking and enjoying the warmish weather. On Saturday, fueled by Eccles cakes and bacon sandwiches, we set off to climb Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. 

   

 We took the Ranger Path, having read on the national park website that it was not too taxing and offered excellent views the whole way up. The hike was roughly 9 miles, but nowhere was it particularly grueling. The path wasn’t extremely crowded until merging with the others when we neared the top. You’d need to be in reasonable shape to make it to the top but it is a pleasant walk and the views well worth it. It can be a bit frustrating to see the train riders when you reach the top but it’s pretty obvious to tell who walked based on clothing (and sweatiness). 

  

Afterward, we headed back to Caernarfon for coffee and Dutch pancakes at scoops, an excellent post hike snack. 

  
I’d like to spend some more time in snowdonia, maybe visiting some of the other towns and taking more walks. Wales was beautiful, and I’ll post about our times in Conwy, Caernarfon and Beaumaris separately!

Have you hiked Snowdon? What other walks would you recommend in Wales?

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  1. Lisa says:

    Oooh Looks like you had a great weather day- you actually saw things! :p My favourite in the area is Tryfan and the Glydders, which is more of a challenge if you decide to take the scramble up Tryfan. Especially in winter there are these crazy ice formations on the rocks on the Glydders… so cool.

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  2. We did! It was perfect weather! A good scramble is always fun, I’ll have to check it out. A winter trip could be interesting…

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  3. angharadeyre says:

    Beautiful. You should also check out the coastal walks around Anglesey in the summer – I think the coast path now goes all the way round. Some really beautiful beaches.

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    1. That sounds beautiful! And beaches sound like an excellent reason to go, I’ve heard that it actually gets warm enough to swim in the summer!

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      1. angharadeyre says:

        Just about, especially in late summer. The trick is to tough out the pain until you kind of get numb, then it’s pretty nice.

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  4. EmelyeKay says:

    Beautiful! Both the hike and the dessert 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I’d say it was the perfect combination.

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  5. Lucia says:

    It looks so beautiful!! Wow!

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    1. It was definitely a gorgeous hike! The views were amazing.

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  6. Josie says:

    Sounds like an awesome hike! Those Dutch pancakes looks yummy! 😍

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    1. They were soooo good. Even more appreciated after such a long walk.

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  7. Well done for walking up Snowdon! We just looked at it from the bottom… Will do the walk one day when the girls are older…

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    1. It was a great walk! Definitely a bit long for kids though. Such a beautiful part of Wales!

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