Wednesday Wander – Snowdon, Wales

The results of a public poll to decide the best view in Britain were recently announced, and the winner was the spectacular view you see below. This is the view from the top of Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales, and it’s where I’ve chosen to wander this week.

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However, unlike previous weeks, this fabulous photograph is not mine (it’s via Wikimedia Commons). I have been to the top of Snowdon, via the Snowdon Mountain Railway, but my experience was, shall we say, a little different.

Let us travel back in time quite a few years, to a family holiday. The decision was taken to ride to the top of Snowdon, something we’d never done before despite regular visits to Wales. We (my parents, brother and I) boarded the train, sitting by the window, and set off into what soon became a world of grey.

The weather changed, as it often does in the mountains, and thick cloud descended, our journey taking place in a tunnel of pale grey mist. At one point I remember looking out of the window and seeing the mist clear slightly – to reveal a precipitous drop down a green slope and, below, small white dots of sheep grazing. In some ways, I was glad I couldn’t see more.

When we reached the top of the mountain the visitor centre was under construction, so many of the large plate glass windows had been replaced with plastic sheeting that flapped and rustled incessantly in the unseasonable weather. But it wouldn’t have mattered had the windows been there, for all we could see was a solid, uniform grey. It was bitterly cold so we didn’t end up staying too long, catching the train back down to the valley and to green summertime once more.

These two photos are mine, taken on another visit as we went through the Llanberis pass, heading for the coast. It was a glorious day, and there were plenty of hikers heading up the mountain – no doubt the train would have been full as well. However, we had somewhere to be and couldn’t stop, so I was only able to take photographs from below as we went past.

So, while I can say that I have been to the top of Snowdon, I can’t say I’ve seen any of the legendary views. And, don’t get me wrong, I’m not marking this as a negative experience. The mountains of North Wales are one of my favourite places on earth, and part of their magic is the mist wreathing their summits like dragon’s breath, a place where legends are made. I know I’ll take the railway again one day and hopefully, next time, I’ll be able to see the view.

Thanks for coming on another Wednesday Wander with me – see you next time!

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29 thoughts on “Wednesday Wander – Snowdon, Wales

  1. Your experience sounds much like mine, only I walked up and the cafe at the top was closed, and it was snowing! I was quite safe though… walked up with the RAF Valley mountain rescue team! ๐Ÿ˜ Didnt see any of the lovely views, either, sadly.

  2. Mt Snowdon is wonderful, we walked it quite a few years ago, I was quite shocked at how busy it was in the cafe at the top haha just wasn’t expecting it. My other half, Jon wants to go up on mountain bikes ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Eek. Great post!!

  3. I remember my first attempt, aged about eight. About halfway up it started snowing hard and my mother insisted we turn back. I was furious! Still have some nice pictures of before the snow really set in: blue ice, bluer sky and rock. Very beautiful.

    • So by you saying it was your first attempt, I take it you’ve been up there again? I’m determined to make the trip up again one day – and your photos do sound lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Haha, I’ve had my share of cloudy mountain top experiences in the Alps. But you’re right , there’s something to be said for those clouds roiling about the rocks and crags, wind whistling past you as you huddle into your jacket, desperately looking for a break in the clouds so you see at least something – anything…

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