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Re: Hywel Sele Lodge, Snowdonia

Postby Dave » 02 Jun 2019 15:36

The weather forecast today was for rain and strong winds so we decided to do a river walk in the woods - where it's more sheltered. :-)

The route was supposed to be fairly straightforward: follow the river upstream, cross, then follow it downstream. We got a bit lost around the 'cross' part but otherwise things went to plan.

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We spotted some people on the opposite bank who were rummaging around in the water. We wondered if they were prospecting...

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Further on, we came to an information board about a gold mine that was once by the river.

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We took the wrong path about halfway through the walk and shouldn't have gone up this very steep and stoney hill!

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This is me on another wrong path!

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Eventually we found our way back to the river and were treated to a pair of spectacular waterfalls...

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On the way back we passed another wet person prospecting:

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Sadly, and despite checking out several likely rocks, we didn't find even a small nugget of gold. :-(

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Postby Gillzajoker » 03 Jun 2019 11:03

Well, you have riches enough in your enjoyment of the countryside and skills
in arranging walks therein! :D
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Re: Hywel Sele Lodge, Snowdonia

Postby Dave » 03 Jun 2019 17:16

Gillzajoker wrote:Well, you have riches enough in your enjoyment of the countryside and skills
in arranging walks therein! :D
How true! ;-)


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Re: Hywel Sele Lodge, Snowdonia

Postby Dave » 03 Jun 2019 17:44

Today we achieved our main target for the week - we climbed Cadair Idris! :-)

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Our approach was unusual in that we parked in a tiny place called Llanfihangel-y-Pennant on the other side of the mountain to where most people start the climb. It meant a long drive down extremely narrow lanes and an 11+ mile walk, but it had the advantage of us not seeing anyone all day - except in the area near the summit. :-)

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Near the start of the walk we came across the Mary Jones house (it would take too long to explain the significance here!):

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The going was easy and delightfully rustic in the early stages:

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We took loads of photos but the best are from around the summit:

Cloud at the top, but it was clear by the time we got there:

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Going up was relatively easy. Coming down was a very different matter. We went along a long ridge with spectacular panoramic views. But just after I took this photo the path disappeared and the half-a-mile descent through rough vegetation became extremely steep and our knees really suffered!

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No mountains tomorrow - our walk will be mostly on level ground!



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Postby judgegeoff » 03 Jun 2019 18:28

Thank you for your really interesting post on climbing Cadair Idris Dave, the weather gods were clearly happy with you today. It brought back hazy memories of my climbing the mountain whilst camping with our Scout troop at nearby Dolgelley (now Dolgellau) in the 1950s. Happy days! :)
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Postby bobbyoscar » 03 Jun 2019 19:31

Wow! What views!

Thank you for sharing.
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Re: Hywel Sele Lodge, Snowdonia

Postby rdw123 » 04 Jun 2019 06:32

Very well done both of you. It’s a beautiful area. You will be stiff today. Can feel my knees coming out in sympathy! Glad you are having a great time.
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Postby Gillzajoker » 04 Jun 2019 11:06

So pleased you enjoyed Cadair Idris - isn't the 'surprise' view of the lake amazing? :D
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Re: Hywel Sele Lodge, Snowdonia

Postby Dave » 04 Jun 2019 17:31

Today's walk was a little different... we drove to Llanuwchllyn at the southern end of Bala Lake and took the train to Bala, then walked back again. It rained all the way!

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The lovely old engine was called Alice:

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There were about six other passengers, but we were the only ones to choose the open-sided carriage:

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After a 30 minute scenic journey we arrived in Bala. Here's the view from the top of the lake:

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The walk was almost all off-road and mostly across rolling hills and farmland, but we spent about an hour on soggy, rough, marshy land:

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We reached a trig point on a modest hill where, despite the rain, the views were amazing - with mountains all around:

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Our feet were soaked by the time we left the marshy ground (no walking boots can deal with those conditions!). But 400 yards later we crossed even worse terrain - long, wet grass!

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But nothing could detract from the wonderful (wet) Welsh countryside:


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The weather isn't looking promising for the rest of the week, but we'll dry out our boots and enjoy ourselves regardless! :-)

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Postby judgegeoff » 04 Jun 2019 17:58

Great spirit - dry the boots and carry on regardless, Snowdonia is beautiful in any weather. My paternal grandfather used to go on fishing holidays to Bala Lake. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. :clap:
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