Monday, 28 March 2011

Nantlle Ridge

After the cracking walk up Cnicht, we set up the tent in the campsite in Beddgelert and made our way to the village for some grub. Having had a mediocre meal in one of the two pubs last year, we opted to try the Royal Goat Hotel and found the food to be excellent. Dave had a TBone steak - well done (neanderthal) and I went for their lamb casserole with veg. Sounds bog standard but it was absolutely delicious! Recommended highly.
Whilst having a couple of pints in the Tanronnen Inn, there was a power cut at 9pm. The barstaff informed us that power would be off for the whole village until midnight and wouldn't serve us anymore. The only upside to this (apart from the health benefits of course) was finding the most amazing star filled sky when we ventured otuside for the walk back to camp. I have never seen a more vivid nightsky. I wish I'd taken a photo with the SLR when we got to the tent but I forgot. The lack of any artificial light really does show off the cosmos in amazing detail.

Anyway, next morning, a brief detour to Pete's eats (why does the cafe in Beddgelert not open until 10am!?! Whats the point of serving a breakfast?) and then back to Rhydd Ddu for a partial traverse of the Nantlle ridge.
Firstly though, we just had to pull over and photograph Llyn Cwellyn which was as still as roadkill.

Rotate your monitor or your head 90 degrees to see an African Mask!

The Nantlle Ridge was another first for me and the initial ascent of Y Garn was very steep. But great views of Snowdon were afforded.

We were then surprised by the small scramble on Mynydd Drws y Coed - short but sharp. We quickly ate up the distance on the ridge and got to the Obelisk on Mynydd Tal-y-Mignedd. How impressive is that!? Snowdonia's equivalent of Carn Pica, or vice versa!

We then backtracked and headed down to Beddgelert forest for the low level walk back to the car.

A great two days in glorious early spring weather. That'll be summer over then!

1 comment:

  1. Great picture,s! You can see the mask quite clearly to that,s a great shot.