About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday and Saturdays, New Years day and May Day. How many walk? Walks take place as long as there are at least 2 wanting to walk on that day. More walk on a Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 mid-week and 3-4 on Saturday. Where do we walk? Saturday: Anywhere in North and Mid-Wales, Peak District, Shropshire and the Long Mynd and as far North as the Trough of Bowland. Thursday: Anywhere within about 40 miles of Chester. Type of walk: Distance: 6 – 14 miles. Climb: up to 4000’ (but usually very much less!). Those involved in 2017:- Martyn Harris, Fran Murphy, Sue and Michel Pelissier, Annie Hammond, Sue and Dave Pearson, Mike Dodd, David and Anne Savage, Celia de Mengle, Wendy and Ian Peers, Roger and Margaret Smith, Tim and Carol Dwyer, Paul Collinson, Phil Marsland, Sylvia and Dave Jenkins, Sheila McNee, Ed Meads, Elaine and John Greenhalgh.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Snowdon via the Rhyd Ddu Horseshoe 25th July 2015

Which way now?
The quarries and decision time.
On top of the world - not quite just starting on the South Ridge.
First views of Snowdon summit.
At the trig point on Snowdon.
The South Ridge.
Llyn Cwellyn and Mynydd Mawr.
Train arriving at Snowdon Summit Station.
Last views of Snowdon Summit from Llechog.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.2 miles. Climb: 2660'.
Time: 6 hours 53 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and Mike.
The forecast for today was relatively good in that rain wasn't on the cards, but the downside was that it would feel like 1 Celsius at the summit with winds gusting to about 27 m.p.h. Thankfully the winds never got that strong, but the temperature at times was pretty cool.
 Unfortunately Celia didn't feel too well, and on arriving at the quarries just short of Bwlch Cwm Llan, she decided to head back to Rhyd Ddu, but insisted the we should carry on.
 On the ascent views were intermittent as was the appearance of the Sun, and at times the higher sections of Snowdon were in cloud. I've never seen so many people climbing Snowdon and at times on the South Ridge we had to stop to let people coming down pass us.
 As we had only set off from Rhyd Ddu at 11-00, we stopped about half a mile from the Summit for lunch, and at this point views South West towards Harlech and Cardigan Bay came in to view.
 The Summit as expected was busy and we had to queue for several minutes just to get to the trig point and any idea about going into the cafe to use its facilities was just out of the question. It was good to see lots of families climbing Snowdon and to see the joy on a six year old declaring to her younger sister that they had reached the cafe.
 On the descent, the Sun came out more and more and the views became better and better and by the time we crossing the top of Llechog Snowdon was in clear blue sky.
 We arrived back at Rhyd Ddu having had a good walk, knowing that on Sunday our knees would remind us of the 2660' stony descent that we had done the day before!  I didn't think we had been walking that slowly, but the the ascent took us nearly four hours (including lunch) and the descent nearly three hours.
 Birds seen or heard today: Meadow pipit, Herring gull and Raven.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn.

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