I have a confession to make.
Until this year I had never stepped foot in Wales.
For a woman who has lived in the UK her entire life and has travelled to a fair few countries in her lifetime, it’s utterly ridiculous to me that I had never been over to Wales before! I’d always heard amazing things about the country so I decided to finally bite the bullet and give it a visit.
I went for a long weekend with two of my oldest friends in the world. We’ve all been getting into hiking recently – it’s a great chance to keep fit and see new places whilst also being social – and so we thought we would climb Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) as part of the fun of the weekend.
So it was a little tougher than I originally envisaged and I never really contemplated the fact that there might be actually climbing involved (!). I genuinely just thought it would be a fairly simple hike uphill to the top!
It wasn’t quite like that!
We took the Pyg track to the summit which was good for the most part, but a definite workout. There were some trickier parts, especially nearer the summit, which involved climbing up the rocks, which I just did not take into account! It was good fun, although my two friends are infinitely fitter than me so were eagerly storming up the mountain while I huffed and puffed my way through!
I don’t think mountain climbing is necessarily something I’ll want to do regularly. Part of the fun of hiking for me is the social side of it and climbing Mount Snowdon felt much more solitary and anti-social in my eyes. I think this was more due to the fact that it was very cold and windy the day we climbed it, so we just needed to keep moving to keep warm and get to the top.
The summit was a little disappointing as it was so foggy and windy – everyone clung to each other and there were points where you felt you were about to be blown off the mountain. Very scary! The views on the way down Snowdon were breathtaking, however. Going down was probably the most fun for me, although downhill walking is definitely tough on your legs – mine were shaking from all the exercise.
We took the Miners track on the way down which took us lower down than the Pyg track and we skirted around a huge lake (which I believe is called Llyn Llydaw, but don’t ask me how to pronounce it!) This was absolutely stunning. I don’t know what it is about bodies of water but I’m just so drawn to them.
So despite my whinging about the difficulty of mountain climbing and not being able to talk for England as I ordinarily would, I would really recommend a trip to Mount Snowdon. I definitely plan to come back (with a little more experience behind me!) and try a different track next time and explore a little more of Snowdonia.
If any of you have any recommendations as for places around the UK to go hiking, I would definitely appreciate them. If you read my Happy New Year blog post you’ll know that my plan this year is to visit more local places, so I think my next long weekend will be in Ireland – another nearby place I’ve never been to!
Stay tuned for more adventures. Wednesday’s post will be about our second day in Wales – detailing where we stayed, driving in Wales and a beautiful day by the beach!
Until then…thanks for reading!