I decided to challenge myself into the longest and most brutal trek I am yet to do: a seventy miles journey across the Welsh mountains over seven days and nights, climbing no fewer than seven summits and wild camping all along the way.
In short, the start and finish will be the same, the village of Llanfairfechan in North Wales (53.252155, -3.974390). From there, I will traverse the Carneddau range via Carnedd Gwenllian, Carnedd Llywelyn, Carnedd Dafydd and down through Pen Yr Ole Wen. Then up the Glyderau range through Y Garn, Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach. Then up the Snowdon Massif via Miner’s Track and Y Lliwedd, down through Cwm Tregalan and Cwn Llan to head up to Moel Siabod before folding back through the Carneddau again.
The following four images illustrate the route I intend to follow.
With a ground temperature of -5 Celsius and 50 mph gusts, this was one very cold day. I arrived the night before and slept in my truck for a couple of hours before setting off at five AM. The light did not disappoint.
Situated next to Avebury, the famous prehistoric site and less than half a mile from The Ridge, is Fyfield Down Natural Reserve, a small but very fascinating place. It has the highest density of Sarsen stones in England, known as Grey Wethers, in turn home to some rare lichens.
Without a doubt, the Glyderau is my favourite range in Snowdonia. With its uncompromisingly spiky and rocky features, rough and varied, from Bristly Ridge to Cwm Idwal, the Glyderau has it all, for all level of technicality and enjoyment.
I spent a couple of days camped on Glyder Fach at the end of December and the atmosphere was absolutely great. Here’s a sample from the reel..