I know, I know, its criminal isn't it, but with all the walking I have done I have never walked in Snowdonia. About 20 years ago Tony and I came up for a day and drove round lots of places but I have never had the proper Snowdonia National Park experience. With our ML Training a matter of weeks away this needed to be rectified.....
Our base for the weekend was Gwern Gof Isaf Campsite which was just perfect. Packed full of outdoorsy people for whom rustic facilities were not an issue. We soon found our spot next to a stream which acted as the perfect relaxant.
Our first day dawned and the weather was good. Not too warm, no rain forecast and no wind. Tryfan was our goal.
We decided to head up the North Ridge and see how we got on with the scrambling as this was our first time up on Tryfan. We expected it to be busier but we saw only a mere handful of people as we ascended. The joy of scrambling is that you gain height quickly and before we knew it we had passed the cannon stone. Oops, photo opportunity missed.
The scrambling was more fun that I ever imagined, so much so that once we can peaked up on Tryfan (with the hoards - i have no idea where they came from, it was like a swarm of flys!) we decided that we would continue and tackle Bristly Ridge nd head up on to the Glyders (prounounced like 'mid' with an ers on the end - I checked with a local!).
Bristly Ridge looked like a pathway of scree so we took the path less travelled and headed round the edge and found a great way up on to Glyder Fawr. What greated us was one of the most awe inspiring sights ever. The landscape is jaw droppingly stunning, standing stones jutting up like soldiers on parade. I had fallen, deeply in love.
As we were up there, we thought it would be remiss not to head on over to Glyder Fach and from there we descended down the Devils Kitchen in to the stunning Cwm Idwal. My love had just doubled.
I literally bounced down the pathways, I was high as a kite, giddy as a sandboy and also absoloutly shattered. 8 hours in the mountains, my first 1000+ metre peak. Wowzers.
After a mad dash for Fish & Chips (has to be done), we headed back to the campsite for a look at the maps and a very well earned cup of tea.
This is one place I will be coming back to again, and again and again and again.......