Today I went to the top of Yr Wyddfa, the highest point in Wales at about 1,085m, and higher than anywhere in England.
The weather was very windy and visibilty good.
Here's a few photos.
Approaching the Summit
The crowded mount at the Summit
The Summit with navigation point.
Looking south-ish. For 007 fans, some scenes from "The World is not Enough" were filmed of the pipeline just visible left of centre.
Looking north-ish, towards Llanberis, Ynys Môn and the Irish Sea. On a good day, it's possible to see the Isle of Man.
Looking west-ish, with Hafod Eryri in the foreground.
After descending back to Llanberis, we had a lovely meal here:
(Freshly ground coffe…)
A wonderful day! Not been up for years.
Looks beautiful there, if perhaps a bit crowded on the trail.
Funny thing: I went to look up Yr Wyddfa on Google Maps and it identified a spot called Snowdon out in the North Sea off the coast of The Netherlands.
Can you share a link to where this spot is?
We were very lucky with the weather. The cloud base was high, a front had just passed by and there was no rain so we could see for miles.
I've been up before when the clouds cover everything, you can't see your hand in front of your face and hailstones like frozen peas swirl up at you. And that was in summer - in winter, you really have to be fit and well-prepared as the snow makes life extremely dangerous. Hafod Eryri, as its name implies, closes for the winter.
For those interested in the Royals, Prince William's RAF Rescue Squadron is based not far away at RAF Valley, on Ynys Môn. And the area is popular for RAF training flights. RAF Harriers and the like scream up the valleys, and people on the top of the hills can look down to see the crew of the plane when they bank to turn, leaving vapour trails from the wings. Which is not always appreciated.
See this article in the Daily Torygraph: RAF aircraft fly low through the Dinas Pass, known as the Mach Loop, in Snowdonia, Wales
Noel Carboni wrote:
Very beautiful country!
That's Wales for you, and now you know why the English wanted and took it - even if we have been unsuccessfully trying to send them home since 1283!
We didn't climb. We went up on the train! http://www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/
We're too old for that carry on, even though I have climbed up many times before.
Technical info about the railway here: http://www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/technical_info.php
Wales is the place to be!
The UK austerity measures mean no Traffic Wardens in Aberystwyth, so fine-free parking - and lots of road rage!
hello mate ! I always inspire from the natural beauty wherther its of a human being or any place like England there . I got inspired from it and gonna gp there to realize the place from the depth of my heart.
Joanne V D wrote:
your pictures look very nice. You may use google map to find attractive places there.
Thank you, however,
a) Google Maps/Earth is never up to date;
b) I don't need Google to find anything - the newspaper is better;
b) I don't live too far away which means I visit often and;
c) there's no substitute for the real expereince - seeing the monutains, breathing the mountain air, feeling the sunshine and rain, hearing the wind and tasting the gwrw!
there's no substitute for the real expereince - seeing the monutains, breathing the mountain air, feeling the sunshine and rain, hearing the wind and tasting the gwrw!
I agree completely. Reality is being lost on too many.
Recently met up with friends, who drove around the West (US) with their children. They passed through some great country, stretching for miles in all directions. From dusty little towns, to grand vistas, the countryside was there for the viewing. When talking to the kids about what they had seen, they recalled some Pixar cartoon, that played on the auto's DVD player, in great detail, but could not recall The Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, towns from the 30's along the old Rt. 66, or anything outside the windows - only a cartoon. Sad, at least to me.
PS - thanks for sharing!
That happened back in the day, My parents would constantly tell me and my sister to get our noses out of our books and enjoy the scenery. To which we would reply along the lines of "Yeah, Austria, Trees, Wow!
When talking to the kids about what they had seen, they recalled some Pixar cartoon, that played on the auto's DVD player, in great detail, but could not recall The Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, towns from the 30's along the old Rt. 66, or anything outside the windows - only a cartoon. Sad, at least to me.
That seems to be way of the world these days - the only real experience is the artificial one.
However, I can say the Grand Canyon is amazing - it's SO big! How do you get that onto a 6×4 picture postcard?
And the old Route 66 contains much more to take in than the anodyne I40.
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