We had it all planned. Thanks to people on the Walking Forum (and Botty for warning us about the hazards of Welsh traffic), we were armed with our £10 parking fee and set out early (before 9 am is crack of dawn for us) to get to the Pen-y-Pass car park. We got there about 8.50am. And it was full? Lots of people in front of us drove in to find out that it was full. Lots of people behind us drove in to find out it was full. And the "parking attendants", or whatever they were, told all of us to turn round, drive back 2 1/2 miles and park in the village of Nant Peris. We could then get a bus back up to the start of our walk. Tip for anyone else planning the same trip, we should have taken notice of the sign we saw in Nant Peris which told us the Pen-y-Pass car park was full. (We didn't. We thought they were telling us fibs.)
|The start of our walk. Pen-y-Pass hostels below us.|
|Looking along the Pass of Llanberis. Llyn Peris in the distance|
|People everywhere as we made our way to Bwich y Moch|
|Llyn Cwmffynnon across Pen-y-Pass|
|Looking up at the start of Crib Goch|
|The start of the Pyg Track|
|Snowdon in the clouds. View from the Pyg Track|
|Looking back at Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw|
And this is where I waited for Peter. But the gloves, hat and coat didn't keep the cold out, and after half an hour I had to text him to say I was heading for the cafe. I needed a hot drink. The cafe itself was absolutely heaving, as was the area outside and the summit close by. It really was as bad as Waterloo or a tube station platform at rush hour. It was absolutely packed.
Peter did eventually get there. Apparently the number of people on the ridge had resulted in queues to go across various stretches. For this reason he was well over an hour behind me. But by now, things were quietening down. He had his tea, and a warm pasty, we visited the summit and took photo's, and started on the route down at around 3:30 pm.
|Looking West from the Summit of Mount Snowdon|
|Looking South from the Summit of Mount Snowdon|
|Looking East from the Summit of Mount Snowdon|
|The Snowdon Mountain Train|
On the way back to Caernarfon, we stopped at the Vaynol Arms for a bit of supper. I can't recommend the chips, but Peter can recommend a pint of "Golden Dragon" beer.
We'd walked nearly 9 miles, reached a height of around 3600 feet, and Peter had taken on the daunting Crib Goch. We both slept very well that night.