70 miles in 7 days over 7 Welsh summits: my challenge for Children with Cancer UK

Following on the sad case of Elis, the Llanrug boy who had recently passed away, I decided to try and raise some money for charity as I could. Now, to my mind there can be no greater tragedy than that of a child’s life being terminally ill, so I decided that a good starting point would be donating to Children with Cancer UK.

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.

This page is the original JustGiving page I’ve set up for the event, where donations can be made.

The start date is the 28th of February and the exact route can be found here.

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.

Download the exact route

Wish me good luck and please donate as you can, for the children.

A magical place: Fyfield Down Nature Reserve

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.

The Glyderau in Winter

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..

Cornwall: the coast around Padstow

The Glyderau in Spring