Mount Snowdon via Llanberis Path

Hiking up Mount Snowdon

As a family we have hiked up Mount Snowdon a handful of times. The first time we did it was about 9 years ago with our two children. We took the Miners Track back then and have since done the Pyg Track and Llanberis Path.

Hiking up the mountain with three young children, I would definitely recommend doing the Llanberis path.

Llanberis Path

Llanberis path is the longest route to take up to Snowdon’s summit. The distance is 9 miles there and back, with an ascent of 975 mtrs and offers some amazing views of the surrounding mountains. As it is thought to be the easiest path to take it can be popular with families and leisure walkers and can get quite busy at times.

The route

The path climbs along the Llanberis – Snowdon railtrack and is simple to navigate. It starts just behind the Snowdon Mountain railway station, at the end of a road you reach a cattle grid and the information boards.

Llanberis path map/route up Mount Snowdon

As you head along a steep road you reach a cafe and just beyond that you will take a left through a gate, this is where the terrain begins to change and you clearly note that you are at the foot of the mountain.

The track becomes a little more rocky and can be unstable under the foot causing you to trip. It can be quite slippy when wet too.

On route up Llanberis Path

The hike up can be very tiring and you will work up a sweat so I would advise you to carry extra clothing so you can layer up later on when you are closer to the summit.

It was quite a cloudy day, not so cold and the rain stayed away for us. It was ideal hiking conditions but not so great for the camera. We managed to get some clear photos on the ascend to the mountain, but it was too misty up at the summit to see anything clearly.

The Llanberis path leads along the railway and it’s a beautiful sight to see the steam train run along side you

The boys were particularly happy to see that the sheep were all around, not just on the low level ground but also over half way up the mountain you will spot sheep grazing behind the rocks

Sheep on Mount Snowdon

Just before half way the train line runs along to the right of the pathway but you will need to walk under the track. It’s not long after that you see a building far in the distance. This is the halfway house, where you can buy some refreshments. On previous visits, there has always been a toilet here to use but it seems that they may have closed it as it is no longer available for customers to use.

Mount Snowdon Steam train on way descending down the mountain

The path steepens

Once you have had a well earned break at the cafe, the ascend becomes a little more trickier and the path steepens. Is it as this point where you begin to feel the legs become a little tighter and start to ache. It was here when the visibility began to get pretty poor and we just knew it was going to get worse.

Holding hands
Giving me a helping hand up the steep path

The pathway runs under the Snowdon railtrack again and as you come out from under the bridge on the other side, you may well notice a few hikers coming along from the left hand side. These are the braver few that have just walked along the Crib Goch ( I did wonder why someone was asking the way to the summit, i thought that maybe they had gone to find a toilet somewhere but my son corrected me)

The Summit is nigh

You know you are near when you notice a huge rock in the middle of the path. This is where five pathways meet – Pyg Track, Llanberis, Miners Track, Snowdon ranger and Crib Goch.

We didn’t get much of a view at the top as it was so cloudy. I believe we were within a cloud as the air was very wet.

Visibility was poor and it was much colder at the top.

It was also very busy. We decided against battling with the other hikers to the Summit, as you can see from the photos it was too busy to take the children to.

  • Within a cloud on Mount Snowdon
  • Just below the summit of Mount Snowdon
  • A quick pose at the top of the mountain
  • The train on it's way to the Summit of Snowdon

Once we had visited the toilet in the cafe at the top, it was time to get our legs working again and take the path back down.

The Descent

Obviously the descent is much easier than the ascent but you still have to be careful especially when the visibility is poor. The stones under the foot are wet making them slippery. We did notice someone had a fall and was nursing a bloody face and a sore foot.

It took us a total of 5 and a quarter hours from top to bottom, including a few little breaks. Not bad going! That was 3 and a quarter hours up and 2 down.

Before venturing on the Mountain You will need

  • Strong ankle supporting shoes/boots
  • Waterproof clothes
  • Gloves and hat ( sunglasses- the snow can be blinding with the sun)
  • Extra layers of clothing in a rucksack
  • Mobile charger
  • Food and drink
  • Check the weather conditions
  • Maps are available

The more active side of the family

Before we set of the two oldest and Dad had decided that they were going to run up the mountain. We had agreed that they would go ahead and the youngest and I would meet them on our way up. We saw them coming from behind the fog just over half way up, just as the path was steepening.

Dad and the middle boy decided to carry on running down and would wait for as the bottom, the eldest stopped his run and wanted to go to the top again with his brother and me.

I think they suffered a little as they couldn’t wait to get into a hot bath with some salts to soothe their aching legs. In fact, I think we all needed it!

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Capture The Colour

I love to take photographs to me they are precious memories that tell a story, they are moments that i have captured not just to store in my photo library but also to store in my heart and my memory. Every photograph is special and remarkable in its own way they can be taken at a happy or sad time in your life, they can bring tears to your eyes and make you laugh or smile. I am always grabbing my camera and snapping away at everything that means something to me or just at a scene that i adore thats why when i was tagged by the lovely A Boy With Aspergers to take part in a fabulous photograph competition I sat and trawled through my many photos that i had taken to see what i could come up with to enter.

The competition is hosted by the well known brand and online site “Travel supermarket” and it goes by the title Capture The Colour Competition“.

Travel Supermarket’s ‘Capture the Colour Competition’ is aimed at bloggers who will need to choose 5 pictures they have taken to match 5 different colour categories which are Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and White. Pictures could feature natural landscapes, buildings, cityscapes, landmarks, foods, animals and anything else that’s been mega colourful that you’ve snapped on your global travels! Bloggers are then required to post the images and a little information relating to each telling everyone about the moment the photograph was taken onto their blog (linking to the competition). Once complete bloggers Nominate five more bloggers to participate. Prizes are awarded for each colour as well as over all prizes given to an overall winner. There are iPads and travel vouchers up for grabs.

BLUE

This photo was taken this summer in Cornwall, its a view from the Minnack theatre of Porthcurno Bay down below. It was the most beautiful sight i had seen, it took my breath away. The sea was a gorgeous bright blue and so clean and refreshing to look at. The sun was shining and there were lots of greenery and flowers around. I do not like swimming in the sea but this view just gave me the urge to dive in.

WHITE

This was taken in the Easter holidays this year. As a family we always take a trip to Wales every year so we can hike up Mount Snowdon, this shot is off the view from the Llanberis track. It had snowed the day before so there was lots of snow around although the day we climbed the mountain it was sunny so it was shockingly white. I had to wear my sunglasses as the sun gleamed off of the snow and it was really bright.

RED

I struggled to find a picture with the colour red in it of a stunning view of somewhere we have been but i did find this photograph that i took of my son walking through a red tunnel, it may not be a shot of travels in some exotic country but its of my 12 month old travelling through a tunnel.

GREEN

I am sure that i have many more photographs of the colour green but this one is a personal favourite of mine. It was taken again this year in Wales on a day out to see Devils Bridge. The River Mynach drops 90 meters down a steep ravine, there is a nature trail that can be taken so you can see the whole of the waterfall. Whilst walking around i noticed the smell of pine trees, it was really fresh and it was so silent you could hear the crashing of the waterfall against the River below.

YELLOW

Finding a picture with yellow in was very hard and after searching through years of albums I eventually found this snap taken at Wastwater in the Lake District. It may not look very yellow but there is a hint of the colour in the mountain face and reflection on the water.

It would be too late to tag other bloggers as like normal i have left it too late as the closing date is today so I’m
Going to hope who ever I tag will be able to get their entries in ASAP

Lovefrommummy
Stressymummy
Farfromhomemama
Upsydaisybaby
Itsjennythewren

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Hiking up Mount Snowdon with Three Young Children

Over the Easter Holidays we went to Mid Wales, It’s such a gorgeous Country with stunning views around every corner, It has everything from country parks, Forests, Waterfalls, Mountains to long wide beaches and steam railways.

As a family we love to go hiking and every year we try to hike up Mount Snowdon, the first time we went Jak was 6 years old and Joseph was 1. Joseph was carried by Daddy in a child rucksack but Jak had to make do with his strong little legs. We didn’t really do much research on what sort of clothes to wear and what was the best route to take to the summit, so we made big mistakes but with the experience from our first trip we now know what the best route is for the children and what the right type of shoes and clothes we should be wearing. Our first hike up the mountain was done in May 2009 and we did the Miners Track, It was very scenic and took us past the lakes along the route that the miners took years ago, it was a nice and comfortable walk until the path stopped and you look upwards and we saw the rocks that we had to climb. Jak loved it but i thought that it was very dangerous, it was very busy with other hikers and at certain parts of the route there was only enough room for one person. Once at the top of the mountain we was hit by the icy wind and sleet that was coming down, you work up such a sweat from all the climbing and walking for hours that when you reach the summit the coldness is a big shock to the body.

The Miners track starts at Pen Y Pass, where there is a car park and cafe cabin. The Miners track used to be used by miners during their day of work in the hills. The walk is very clear and almost road like as the path is wide and not very rocky, as you walk along you will pass disused remains of houses that were used by the miners. First you will cross the Llyn Llydaw reservoir of which has a cause way which has been raised due to the rain causing it to flood, carry on walking and you will pass the blue lake of Glaslyn, it is surprisingly blue because of the copper content in to due to the mining, at the end of the lake you will have to make your way up a steep slope which is easier to manoeuver your way up by zig zagging, on certain parts of the slope you will need to make room for others to pass by as it is quite thin. Follow the path up to the finger stone (a large standing rock shaped like a finger), which is used as a marker for the beginning of the descent to the Pyg and Miners tracks, at this point you will join the Llanberis path which runs along the railway track. This point can get quite icy and dangerous to climb over so be carefull. Once at this point take a left and carry on up to the summit.

As you can see from the photos below, it is a very stunning place to be with views at every angle that are amazing and breathtaking. The bottom right photo is taken of the summit that we were making our way to, it was in a cloud so you can not see the top of the mountain. On the descent we missed the marker to take the slope back down to the miners track and we took the Pyg trail back down to the car park. The walk took us from set off to return, a total of 6 hours.

On our next trip up we decided to take the Llanberis path which runs along side the railway, we quickly realised that this was the easiest track of them all, especially for the children.

This easter holidays we went back to Mount Snowdon for our yearly hike as we missed doing it last year as i was pregnant (instead Daddy hiked up a mountain in the Lakes by himself) and i didnt want to put muself and the baby at risk incase of trip or fall. This year though we had three boys to take up and it was Joseph’s first time at tackling it by himself as Oliver had to be in the rucksack. This year i was prepared for the cold weather though, i bought the children and myself the right sort of clothes making sure that they were waterproof and windproof and replaced our walking shoes to boots as they give more protection to your ankles as there is many small little rocks that you walk over and they can be very slippy causing in you to lose your footing.

When we arrived at Llanberis it was already lunchtime as it took us 2 hours from our campsite to drive there. The path begins at the end of Victoria terrace where you walk through a gate next to a cattle grid. We packed up our bags with snacks, drinks, gloves, scarves and extra clothing, not forgetting hot water and a bottle for Oliver’s milk. Dressed up warmly, Hiking poles in hand we were ready to set off. After 5 minutes of walking we came across the first sighting of snow on the hills, the boys wanted to go off and play in it but we had to be strict with them and say no as we didnt want there gloves to get cold and wet. The sun was shining and it was a glorious day, even with the snow on the floor it was not chilly. After an hour of walking I was working up a sweat, i took off my sunglasses only to be blinded by how bright the snow was, every where i looked there was a white sheet of snow and the sun was gleaming off of it. The track may not be quickest but it is the easiest in terms of steepness and terrain. Jak was going too fast for us, as we had to wait for little legs Joseph to keep up with us so i told him that he could go off ahead and meet us at the half way house, so off he went my future mountaineer. We could see the Halfway house up ahead, this is where you can stop off for a bite to eat or a hot/cold drink, by the time we reached it we had been walking for 2 hours, Joseph was tired and really needed a break, not only had he been battling the rocky terrain with his short legs but also he had the snow and slush to deal with too. We stopped to admire the views and for a quick pit stop in the one toilet that they have. Once you pass the halfway house the path starts to become more steep, at this point it is called the Allt Moses and as you climb to the right you will see Llyn Du’r Arddu lake, and a large boulder known as Maen Du’r Arddu on its shore. Legend has it that anybody who spends a night under the rock, will be either a poet or insane by the morning! Once you have passed this point you will walk under the railway bridge, it can get very windy at this point. You are now roughly about half hour away from the summit, it begins to get more colder and the terrain more rockier.

We didnt make it to the summit this year as Joseph was really tired and it wasnt fair to take him any further, we did make it to Allt Moses though just before the railway bridge, this is where we stopped and I made up a bottle for the baby and the boys enjoyed a play about in the snow. Jak went sliding down the mountain in the snow on his belly and Joseph threw snowballs at his brother. I am glad to say that the boys only fell in the snow three times because the terrain had become slippy from the snow melting in the sun but we did see a lot of adults falling over so i think they did really well and at times you wasn’t sure where to put your feet as you couldn’t see the path.

Hopefully next year we will make it to the summit again, the views on this mountain range never seems to amaze me, every year I look forward to seeing the stunning mountains and lakes and every year they look different. I personally feel at peace when i am there and even Jak at 9 years old appreciates the outdoors and loves to sit and stare in amazement at the views.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my post on our day trip to the mountain and hopefully i have inspired you to buy some waterproofs and hiking boots so that you can tackle the mountain yourselves.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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110/366 Snow at Easter, my favourite photo Of my boys

This is my favourite photo of the boys taken over the easter holidays.
It’s of them having fun on Mount Snowdon in the snow on a well deserved break from hiking. The boys love being adventurous and have lots of energy, they enjoy being outdoors and really enjoy there yearly hike up the mountain. We was extra lucky this year as we got snow while we were there so they got to have a snowball fight at Easter.

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96/366 view from Mount Snowdon

The boys, Daddy and I hiked up Mount Snowdon today. There was lots of snow around and in some places it was about 14″ deep. We was out walking for just over 6 hours. Even though there was snow on the mountain the sun was shining and it was a gorgeous day, just as long as you didn’t stop for too long because then the cold did get to your fingers lol.
I do believe that our baby Oliver was the youngest person on the mountain.

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