Snowdonia National Forest Park Journals

Snowden and North Wales

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A July 2012 trip to Snowdonia National Forest Park by Slug

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Quote: A description of some of the walks up Snowdon and a visit to nearby Bodnant Garden.

Bodnant Garden

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Attraction | "In love with Bodnant Garden"

Bodnant Garden Photo, Tal-y-Cafn, Wales
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Our last trip of the weekend was to the world renowned Bodnant Gardens a few miles from Llandudno and on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. As we both love gardens, the near £9 entrance fee was a mere formality and we strode with purpose into the terraces in front of Bodnant House. The place immediately took my breath away as I pictured an idyllic Edwardian childhood playing hide and seek and playing crocket on the terrace in front of the grand house while a team of gardeners toiled under a hot sun. The gardens are in two main parts; there are the formal gardens of wide beds, walled gardens, perfect lawns and water features, and then a more traditional wilder part with tr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2012

Bodnant Garden
East Side Of Conwy Valley Off A470
Colwyn Bay, Conway LL28 5RE
01492 650460

Hafod Eryri/Snowden Visitor Center and Cafe

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Attraction | "Good Priced Restaurant on top of Snowden "

Hafod Eryri/Snowden Visitor Center and Cafe Photo, Snowdonia National Forest Park, Wales
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As a force of habit, for our Snowden Hike we bought our food from a local supermarket and allowed it to ferment and solidify nicely in our rucksack in time for our lunch on top of Snowden. Of course, it is usually sensible to have a few provisions with you on any mountain climb just in case the worst happens, but the day was as clear as a bell and we had forgotten about the slate built restaurant near the head of the train line almost at the summit. The Snowden Summit Cafe (or Hafod Eryri to give it a Welsh Sunday name) was completely rebuilt in 2009. The new £8 million building was just a shade (!) better than the old prefab shed that I remember. It took a couple of years to build given ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2012

Hafod Eryri/Snowden Visitor Center and Cafe
Snowdon Summit/Yr Wyddfa
Snowdonia National Park, Wales

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Attraction | "The Summit of Snowden"

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So why climb Snowden? Well for me it's the usual story that it is the highest of the Welsh mountains at 3560 feet high, and the other draw is that it is eminently climbable. I spoke with 3 other people en-route all desperate to climb the mountain and they explained they don't do a great deal of hiking and Snowden was to be their first mountain. For this reason there is a good atmosphere on the mountain route, and to boot on sunny days the views are very rewarding. The other good thing about Snowden is the mountain railway, which goes to almost the top of the mountain. While you can only nominally get tickets up or both ways (rather than just down) the little train does offer a bit of a fai...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2012

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North Wales

Pyg & MinersTrack

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Attraction | "Miners Track to Snowden"

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The second major route leading from Pen-y-Pass up to the Snowden summit is the Miners track which leads past the ruins of an old Victorian copper mine, Britannia Mine. There are ruins of the mine head itself and a few tiny miners' cottages; the place looks a bit poor for a reason, it never made any profits and closed down for good in 1916. If you are climbing Snowden, the Miners track goes past a couple of pretty lakes (one particularly blue (and toxic) from the copper) before taking a stiff swoop up to the summit (and joining the Pyg track towards the top). I personally think this route could happily be called the "minors" route, as it is perfect for the parents of young child...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2012

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Snowdonia National Forest Park, Wales

Pyg & MinersTrack

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Attraction | "Pyg Track :Good Route but Crushingly Busy on Summer Weekends "

Pyg & MinersTrack Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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The Pyg track is the most direct route up Snowden, Wales' largest mountain. The walking route starts at Pen-y-Pass a few miles east of Llanberis (the start of the train line up Snowden), and its rather small car park. The road to Pen-y-Pass is one of those winding roads beloved of elderly Micra drivers happy to do 25 mph in the middle of the road. We arrived later than hoped (but sadly pretty much as anticipated) just before 9:00 am to find the car park already full and closed. There appears to be no shortage of people willing to pay the £10 all day parking cost. Rather bizarrely there are no clear advertisements for the park and ride scheme, which allows you to park in the larger car park...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2012

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