It was going to be a nice (that is: rain-free) weekend, so we decided to go on a trip to Wales. Since quite a few of my friends just love mountains, we decided to go for Eryri (Eng. Snowdonia), with a view to climb its highest peak: Yr Wyddfa, in English Snowdon.
It was the crack of dawn. After long driving, when we finally found a car park, the main point on our agenda was finding a toilet. Everything around was closed, but we noticed some kind of early morning rush in a building nearby.
‘Wait, more North Wales than South Wales speaks Welsh. Surely such a location is bilingual. This language has opened many doors for me. I’ll get us a toilet pass!’ I said proudly.
The astonishment on the face of a woman who answered the door and to whom I spoke Welsh did not left me any doubt that some people living in this particular region do not actually know their native tongue. Nor give toilet passes.
Mountain peaks bathed in the fog, not a ray of sunshine coming through. Perfect weather for climbing 🙂
The path up was long but very easy. That was what we chose, but there are other paths.
In a valley right next to Snowdon there are two lakes: Glaslyn (glas – blue, llyn – lake) and Llyn Llydaw (Llydaw – Brittany).
We had to climb up a bit, as well. Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon turned up to be a very popular tourist attraction:
In 1869 someone came up with a brilliant idea to build a railway from Llanberis to the top of the mountain. However, it was not until Easter 1896 when Snowdon Mountain Railway had its first trip. Although it was not a very fortunate one, in order to have a ride in SMR today, you need to book a ticket a long time in advance, especially for holidays.
We climbed up to the very top. Below is what the lakes look like from the highest peak in Wales:
On the other side of the mountain the clouds were not that kind. When they lifted for a short spell, that was the reward for the tired climbers (Photos by Agnieszka B.):
We found ourselves at 1,085 m above sea level:
(Click here to see the 360 degree panoramic view from the summit on the official government website of Snowdonia.)
When we came down, to Llanberis, some of us, still hungry for more astonishing Welsh views, went to see the waterfalls: