I managed to squeeze a quick 36 hour visit to Snowdonia last weekend for one sole purpose, it was my daughter’s first ascent of Snowdon. Physically I knew she could do it but mentally it was the “are we there yet?” mindset, but to my daughter’s credit she nailed the peak without too much fuss.
Unfortunately the weather closed in at about 2000ft, 30 mile an hour winds and a very cold wind chill. We reached the busy and over crowded summit to find that some people couldn’t be bothered to take their rubbish back down the mountain with them. The doorway to the summit cafe was either being used as a huge dustbin or toilet, it was not a pretty site! With that said and my rant over, it was a fantastic day and time well spent, despite the weather! We were up and down in five hours following the Snowdon Ranger Path, I’m now a very proud dad!
I have to mention Rynys Farm Camp Site http://www.rynys-camping.co.uk based close to Betws-y-Coed. I’ve been visiting Carol and Gareth’s campsite for over 25 years. Carol who runs the campsite is a lovely lady, she always finds a space for us even on the busiest bank holiday weekend and the toilets and showers are always spotless. A fellow camper left this advice about the campsite, top tips: “Top field usually quieter than the bottom field (and better views). In fly biting season, stay away from stream at farthest side from farmhouse. Order your eggs early, with Carol, as they are very fresh and sell fast. Be nice to Carol…. she’s a gem!!!”