28th July 2019 - Yr Aran and Yr Wyddfa
Nantgwynant at SH 634512, we take the Watkin Path along a fine stream -
the Afon Cwm Llan is a procession of waterfalls and pools. As the path
flattens out, we diverge steeply up to Yr Aran, which gives us superb
views across all of South Snowdonia and out to Tremadoc Bay. Turning
back northwards, we should see our route to the top of Snowdon. First,
however, is a steep and rocky descent to Bwlch Cwm Llan; then we climb
to traverse the South Ridge before joining the Rhyd Ddu to the summit.
The return is along the Watkin Path most of the way, starting off on a
sometimes unpleasant scree path which gradually improves until we pass
quarry workings and the Gladstone Rock.
It's been a long time since the Club took this
spectacular route up Snowdon. The way is generally well marked but
sometimes tough and rocky, with a little light scrambling, but nothing
more than some routes up Cader Idris, for example. It is physically
demanding, since we climb up from around 50m to 750m on Yr Aran, then
drop to 500m before climbing to 1085m - about 1300m or 4250 ft of up. I
have graded it as an A walk in view of this, even though it's not a
full-on scrambling day.
Walk leader - John
Ellerslie 01743 360115 or 07490 272286