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Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, via Llanberis Path

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27th May 2010 – day 4 of roadtrip

After a heavy Full English breakfast, I felt ready to tackle Snowdon even though I did not have much sleep the night before. I would be hiking alone as my wife injured her foot and she would be taking the Snowdon Railway instead. Since leaving Singapore, I haven’t been exercising much and my fitness has taken a dive. The weather isn’t helping either, as it had started to drizzle. Nevertheless, I left Plas Coch with much apprehension and made my way towards Victoria Terrace. The Llanberis Path is the easiest but perhaps the dullest route to the peak and it starts at Victoria Terrace.

 I started out at about 11am and reached the peak at about 130pm. Fortunately the weather had not been too harsh and I only had to deal with the occasional drizzle. Coincidentally I met up with my wife at the summit. She had taken the 1pm railway and had reached the summit at about 2pm. I was just hanging around and was preparing to descent when she saw me. The winds were really strong on the summit. After taking some photos, I started to make my way down while she waited for the train.

The weather had cleared and the sunshine was gorgeous while I slowly made my way down. There were a couple of tricky steep slopes with small loose rocks which made everyone slow down. When I reached Victoria Terrace it was about 15 minutes past 4 meaning I took about a little more than 2 hours to walk down. Despite my aching legs, I reckoned today was a great day and the weather could not have been better.

- Leng Yeow

Visitor information:
The Llanberis Path starts at Victoria Terrace and the route is straight forward. Usually the route is well used so it is unlikely you will get lost. The path is about 9 miles roundtrip and can be easily completed in 6 hours. There is no rush to set off early if you are spending the day at Llanberis. There are 3 places that sell hot drinks, the beginning, the halfway house and finally the summit café. They are usually only opened during the warmer months from late spring to early autumn. No free WCs on the path until you reach the summit. Parking in Llanberis at about 4 pounds per day.



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I have marked out the beginning (Victoria Terrace in Llanberis) and the summit. The trail is clearly visible on Google maps and you can also see the summit cafe too!
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Victoria Terrace, the beginning
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You can have a cuppa here at the start or when you come down
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Mining on the slopes
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You would think the summit is not far away…

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This is the halfway house.
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Llanberis Path runs along the railway line.
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Hey, I just walked that.

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Finally, the summit station.

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Looking at the trail that runs along the ridge.

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Highest point in Wales!

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Other hikers making their way up.

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Inside the summit cafe.

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Another path that leads to the summit

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Another fellow hiker soaking in the sun on the way down.

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The town of Llanberis in the distance.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted June 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Very nice scenery! The trains needs to a very old country feel! cool!

  2. Posted June 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, the train with all the smoke reminds me of Harry Potter.

  3. Sheau Ling
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    Hey, I think this is the best decision you two made. To be able to explore the place that usually tour will not bring you! Great!

  4. Li Ying
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Hey, thank you so much for your comment and always supporting us. =)

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