Well-known Welsh circular - September 1997
Snowdon Horseshoe Walks with a Camera
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The Snowdon Horseshoe is a superb high-level route that needs little introduction. I had done it some 17 years previously, and thoroughly enjoyed the exciting rocky circuit with its fine views of Snowdonia. So with fine weather forecast, we decided to go for it. On this occasion, the walk was about two miles longer than the last - the car park at Pen-y-Pass was full, and we had to drive back down to the road junction at Pen-y-Gwryd. The route proper starts at the aforementioned pass, and climbs steadily on a well made path, which further on becomes the popular Pyg track. The horseshoe path diverges to the right, to the foot of the steep rocky scramble which leads unerringly to the peak of the narrow rocky ridge which is Crib Goch. Time for lunch! Time also to study the route ahead - Crib Goch and Crib-y-Ddysgl are narrow ridges, high and exposed. Only the very bold (or foolhardy) walk its length - lesser mortals will hang on
with both hands.... The ridge ends more-or-less at the railway track, where the Snowdon Mountain Railway carries the paying public to the summit and back. Once a bastion of steam, the line now operates diesel locomotives and railcars - such as the illustrated "Peris". Snowdon's summit is defaced by the "hotel" built by the railway company; nevertheless we did not let prejudice get in the way of thirst. The pint of Guinness was well earned on this occasion.... We didn't stay longer than necessary on the crowded summit, and soon continued our route to the "last nail in the horseshoe" - the shapely peak of Lliwedd. We took another brief break here for more refreshments, then began the descent proper to Llyn Llydaw, and the Miners' Track back to Pen-y-Pass. What a great day's walk! See also Snowdon Sunrise: dawn from the summit, in a sea of mist....
From the road to Pen-y-Pass - view to Nant Gwynant Leaving Pen-y-Pass - looking down the Llanberis pass The path climbs toward Crib Goch Looking back down the path to Pen-y-Pass The rocky scramble up the east face of Crib Goch Lliwedd, seen from Crib Goch as a shower passes A lofty lunchbreak on Crib Goch Crib Goch - hold tight! From the ridge - view to Llanberis Llywedd and Llyn Llydaw More scrambling on the climb to Crib-y-Ddysgl Seagull; view to Lliwedd The worst (=best?) bit over - taking in the view to Llanberis "Peris" on the Snowdon Mountain Railway The view east towards Capel Curig Llyn Llydaw, seen from the col on the route to Lliwedd "We've just walked around there!" Lliwedd, Snowdon and Crib-y-Ddysgl Yet another seagull - or is it a sandwich tern? On the descent to Llyn Llydaw Back to Walks with a Camera Contact Geoff