With Mt Snowdon literally on our doorstep, it seemed only right to pay its summit a visit on a trip to Snowdonia National Park. But with a dizzying array of paths to choose from, we went on the advice of our B&B hosts and chose the Rhyd Ddu path to the summit. And it was a wise choice, as getting there was turned out to be as adventurous as summiting Snowdon itself….
The Rhyd Ddu path starts out in the small village of its namesake, and then meanders up towards Snowdon via farmland and the abandoned Bwlch Cwm Llan Slate Quarry. The mine closed operations 1915, however its extensive site continues to exist, and those intrepid explorers on the Rhyd Ddu path can enjoy frequent excursions exploring all the remaining settlements and tracks, and even tunnels!
The path snakes its way up to the summit via various streams and waterfalls, so make sure you wear waterproof shoes and are prepare to leapfrog in some places!
While the weather was fine and damp (so usual Welsh conditions) at the base, by the time we had reached halfway up the mountain conditions had turned. Winds pummeled into the ridge, taking everyone’s hats with it, and what had been a fine mist soon turned into sharp ice that seemed intent on going for the eyes. Plus, visibility became limited to around 10 metres, meaning false summits kept cropping up every 20 minutes. In short, it was a little tricky.
Undeterred however, we slogged it up to the top and admired the amazing views:
Besides being the tallest mountain in Wales, it is easy to see why so many people are attracted to climbing Snowdon. With the wide variety of routes to try, from gentle inclines to scrambles along a ridge, there is something for all fitness levels and abilities – enough to keep you coming back again, whatever the weather.
As for us, with the promise of coffee and cake at the Ty Mawr B&B in Rhyd Ddu on our return however, we soon high-tailed it back down the mountain.