We drove up from the Sussex Coast on a Friday night, giving us Saturday to hike Snowdon, and Sunday afternoon to drove back home again.
We were very lucky, with incredible views over the surrounding Mountains, Mynydd Mawr and Trum y Ddysgl to the West and across the Irish Sea beyond and to Angelsea in the North.
We stayed in a fantastic little B&B called the Ty Mawr B&B and Tearoom. You MUST stay here, the rooms are comfortable and very charming and its run by a well travelled and extremely friendly and professional couple called Emma and Menno. Emma is from the UK and Menno, her husband is Dutch. After your hike, and if fancy, Menno will make you a most splendid Welsh Cream Tea!
|Ty Mawr B&B and Tearoom|
Emma and Menno recommended a route up Snowdon, taking the Snowdon Ranger Path, which starts about 1.5 miles up the road (20-30 min walk) from the B&B, and coming back down the mounatin on the Rhyd Ddu Path. The total hike is about 10 miles.
After a good breakfast at Ty Mawr, turn left and head up the country road towards the start of the Snowdon Ranger Path.
Keep going and enjoy views of mountains and glorious countryside on either side of you.
Eventually the road takes you past Lake Cwellyn to the left.
|Start of Snowdon Ranger Path|
Now begins the climb! You zig zag up a path, that crosses the Welsh Highland Railway, and up and yonder you trek towards the summit.
The path is well marked and you may well find yourself walking with others hikers, on the same quest for the summit.
|Snowdon Ranger Path|
|Cloud Covers Mount Snowdon|
|Cloud clears near the top|
|Snowdon Summit and other Hikers|
We very quickly slipped around the back of the cafe and found the Rhyd Ddu path, which takes you back down the mountain. We found a sheltered spot among some rocks and ate our packed lunch, with splendid views of the Irish Sea in the distance.
|Lots of Hikers and Mountain Train Passengers at the top, looking West towards the Irish Sea|
The climb back down is spectacular, above you Rooks glide and hover on the mountain wind emitting low and pleasant 'kaah' calls, and disappear into the silent mists.
|On the Rhyd Ddu path back down the mountain|
We popped into the Rhyd Ddu Village Pub, the Cellwyn Arms for a stonkingly good supper, worth trying their pies!
The drive to Rhyd Ddu is about 6 hours from the South Coast or about 5 hours or less from London...ENJOY!!
|Map Snowdon Ranger Path and Rhyd Ddu path (Red Line) on Google Earth|
|Location of Hike, North Wales|