It was Sunday afternoon in North Wales and the sun was shining so we thought what a great day to take the train up to Mount Snowdon.
Snowdonia is situated in North Wales on the west coast of Britain, it covers over 800 square miles of diverse landscapes.
It is has the highest mountain, but is home to the largest natural lake in Wales.
The waterfall flows down the mountain to the Valley lake Llyn Tegid. It was the largest natural lake in Wales though its level is now part of the dam; keeping the farms and valleys from flooding.
Today, the largest natural lake is in South Wales. It is Llangors Lake or Llyn Syfaddan.
Snowdonia is an area steeped in culture and local history, where it makes up over 87 mountain peaks, including the tallest mountain in Wales, Snowdon, standing at 1,085 meters.
It amazes me how Wales can be divided into four areas with the North, while area’s like Swansea and The Gower still seem the most popular; however the mountains including peaks such as Moel Hebog, Myndd Mawr and the Nantlle Ridge; still retain their outstanding natural beauty.
Many hikers tend to concentrate on Snowdon itself regarding it as a fine mountain. However it can become quite crowded, particularly with the Snowdon Mountain Railway running to the summit.
Mount Snowdon peaks 1,085 metres above sea level. The peak welcomes around half a million visitors every year, of which four fifths scale the peak on foot, but the remainder of us opt to take the train instead.
Events this 2015 Summer:
Thurs 11 June, Egryn: 5,500 years of history – Explore this outstanding historic site with its breathtaking views and extensive archaeological remains and evidence of human influence on the landscape. Day walk. With Kathy Laws, National Trust archaeologist.
Sat 20th June, Finding the Roman Road over Bwlch y Ddeufaen – an archaeological detective story.
An important route from prehistory to the 18th century, the complicated history of this pass will be explored during a fairly gentle walk, led by David Hopewell.
4-5 July Following Cwm Idwal’s 60th anniversary as Wales’ first National Nature Reserve, we are offering two opportunities to understand more about its spectacular geology and plant life:
Sat 4 July, Cwm Idwal, Darwin and Geology – Charles Darwin is best known for his theory of evolution, but he also advances our understanding of glaciations. This field-day with Paul Gannon will explore in detail Darwin’s work in Cwm Idwal. £7.50/£15
Sunday 5 July, Cwm Idwal Ferns- Among the most diverse fern sites in the UK, this walk will look at Cwm Idwal’s ferns, clubmosses, quilworts and horsetails. With Sam Thomas.
Friday 10th July, Big Dee Day & BBQ- Volunteers needed for a joint effort tackling invasive non-native species eg Chinese mitten crab, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam in the River Dee catchment. Our effort will focus on the area around Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). Relax afterwards with a BBQ, courtesy the SNPA.
For more events and reading: http://www.snowdonia-society.org.uk/index2.php?id=28&lang=eng