Beddgelert, Snowdonia October 2013

HF Holidays - a five day break based near Beddgelert in the heart of Snowdonia.


Photo Gallery

(1) A group of us scaling the first peak in low cloud - Moel Siabod [2861'] (Day 1)
(2) Having lunch at the top in the shelter of the stone enclosure.
(3) Heading back down towards Capel Curig, where we stopped at a cafe before the bus picked us up.
(4) A view of old mine works and drystone walls as we head up towards our second peak - Cnicht [2260'] on another windy and low visibility climb (Day 2)
(5) Tod at the compact, rocky summit of Cnicht. It was a good scramble up the last 50 feet or so, 5 of us got up there.
(6) Walking along the side of the Afon Glaslyn in spate after heavy rain. A really enjoyable river walk heading north back to Beddgelert.
(7) Another view along the river (Day 2)
(8) As we get close to Gelert's Grave we see our first glimpse of a Welsh Highland Railway train heading north.
(9) I managed to snap the narrow gauge locomotive as it passed us.
(10) Gelert's Grave. The village is named after a mythical dog which was killed by its owner in a tragic error.
(11) One of the Beyer Peacock - Garratt locomotives (no 138) coming into Beddgelert down from Caernarfon. This was our 'day off' on day 3.
(12) Heading north on the Welsh Highland Railway on our trip to Caernarfon.
(13) Looking west towards Y Garn, a peak we would climb on day 5.
(14) Caernarfon Castle. We stayed just over an hour in this town before we had to return to the station for the return journey.
(15) The black locomotive (Garratt no 87) which hauled our train back down to Beddgelert.
(16) On day 4 we walked from Llanberis up Moel Eilio [2382'], then Foel Gron [2064'], Foel Goch (under 2000 feet so not high enough to be a Nuttall peak) and finally up to Moel Cynghorion [2211'].
(17) Heading down from Foel Goch looking east towards the dark mass of Snowdon topped by low cloud. We still had the green whaleback of Moel Cynghorion to climb to finish the day's fourth summit.
(18) A waterfall viewed from the Snowdon mountain railway track as we return to Llanberis.
(19) On day 5 (Thursday) we did the challenging and exciting Nantlle ridge walk, stating with a lung busting climb of Y Garn [2077'].
(20) At the top of Y Garn, looking across the valley north to Mynydd Mawr.
(21) After Y Garn came the exciting rock ridge to Mynydd Drws-y-coed [2280'] which had some climby bits. Fun!
(22) Descending from Mynydd Drws-y-coed.
(23) A rock formation on this narrow ridge.
(24) Near Trum Y Ddysgl [2326'].
(25) The obelisk at the peak of Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd [2142'] where we had lunch. It was a bit cold and windy but it was nearly all downhill after this.
(26) The long downhill trek as we leave the Nantlle ridge and head down towards Rhyd Ddu.
(27) Looking back to the ridge we'd walked.
(28) OK, this is the nicest bit at the end of the walk, with a pint of real ale at the pub in Rhyd Ddu.

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