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
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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Hey, I just walked that.
Finally, the summit station.
Looking at the trail that runs along the ridge.
Highest point in Wales!
Other hikers making their way up.
Inside the summit cafe.
Another path that leads to the summit
Another fellow hiker soaking in the sun on the way down.
The town of Llanberis in the distance.