Llwybr Cyhoeddus

22°C, sunny


Came back from Wales a day early because of some guttural illness. It was not easy trailing up that 1:5 hill to get to the toilet block of that last camp-site.
I was there a week and had quite an experience.
Day 1: Carneddau: Easy walk up to the first peak. Little more than finishing off walk in June that I cut short because of  time.
Summit Pen Yr Helgi Du, 845m
Day 2: Glyders. The first days were difficult; wet weather meant I got lost on a mountain Glyder Fawr. It had clear paths but each one led to nowhere, we’d spent 2½ hours looking for the route up there in the clouds. that was stressful. In despiration, I took a southerly route after spotting a clearing in the cloud and seeing a lake that was recognisable. Even so, getting down that slope took two hours- it was very steep and no clear pathways there either. This took us to the wrong side of the mountain but the 5 mile walk back to camp was at least clear.
Summits: Y Foel Goch 805m; Glyder Fach, 994m
Day 3: Drive home– but a change of mind while passing through Betws-y-coed saw me turn south and pitch the tent on the coast at Llandanwg. It was a glimmer of sumshine that did it.
Day 4: the Rhinogs: Change of weather and the sun comes out- so repeat that route up the Roman steps (from June) with no fog to obscure the route this time. This time we made the ascent up to Rhinog Fawr
Summit
: Rhinog Fawr. 720m
Day 5: Cnicht: Another magnificent day, you meet some great people on these mountains. There is nothing lonely about taking a holiday on your own in places like this. It’s probably better having a conversation breaker, in this case; a dog.
Summits: Cnicht, 740m, Moelwyn Mawr 770m in blazing sun.
Day 6: Move to Cader Idris, the camp next to Kings Youth Hostel. Excellent site which became rather crowded and Friday evening wore on. Tents were pitched with overlapping guys. There was a developing community there, many knew each other before and the atmosphere was excellent. But..
I became ill in the night.
Must be something I ate.

Here is an excellent guide to Welsh pronunciation: Placenames
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