Hillwalking in North Wales
A group from Rohan’s marketing team take advantage of the recent fine weather with a walk up Snowdon.
Last Thursday, the day before the Royal Wedding, a group from Rohan’s marketing team went up to North Wales for a day’s walking. There were five of us from Rohan: Andrea, Helen, Laura, Phil and Sandra – basically, the team that produces our catalogues, websites and emails.
We met up with Lee Roberts and Stu Stanley in Betws-y-Coed for a couple of drinks on the Wednesday evening. Lee and Stu are members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and have been organising a really popular series of days out in Scotland and Wales for Rohan enthusiasts over the last year. It was a great opportunity to catch up with them and have a think about what we can arrange for the coming year. Without giving too much away, there’s plenty in the pipeline. So make sure you’re signed up to Rohan Connect, if you’d like to receive an invite.
With such a good weather forecast, it was decided that we should go as high as possible and take advantage of the fantastic visibility. In North Wales that means 1085m – the summit of Snowdon via, in our case, the Pyg Track.
The day got off to an unexpectedly good start: we managed to get the last two spaces at the Pen-y-pass car park. The first hour or so leading up to Bwlch y Moch is fairly steep and usually a bit of a shock to the system. At least today it was a pleasant temperature and we had the bonus of great views up the , – the famous crags on the north side of the Pass with Llyn Peris and the slate quarries in the distance.
The view from the col must be one of the best in Wales: Crib Goch to the right, the huge cliffs of Lliwedd straight ahead, Llyn Llydaw beneath us and, hiding round the corner, the pyramidal peak of Yr Wyddfa – Snowdon.
A couple of hours later, after a few sneaky breathers to admire the view and the consumption of plenty of snacks and treats, we were on the top. And ready for more snacks and treats in Hafod Eryri, the rather magnificent new visitor centre and well-stocked cafe at the top of the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
With no rush to get down, it was great to spend a bit of time on the summit on such a beautiful day. It was also fantastic to see so many people (hundreds in fact) enjoying the weather – sunbathing, taking ‘group shots’ for each other, eating their picnics, reading their books, watering their dogs, soaking up the views, drinking tins of beer, regretting their choice of charity fancy dress costume and, in one case, carrying their massive log. (I think he was training for the marines or something.)
We decided to go down by the Llanberis Path – a lovely, gentle descent parallel to the railway, in the late afternoon sun all the way, passing by Cloggy and leading directly to an ice cream shop on the outskirts of Llanberis: perfect.
A fantastic day and nice to see so many Rohan enthusiasts out and about making the most of the fine spell (hi to everyone we spoke to).
And remember, keep an eye out on Rohan Connect for your invitation to more days out with Stu and Lee: if you like the outdoors and you like a good laugh, you’ll have a great time with these two.