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<font color="#800000" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">It was a long time since I'd actually climbed Snowdon. I'd taken the easy way by mountain railway when I was dating my husband-to be so it was time to go up on foot. It was a beautiful day at the end of August so we set off early from home for the 1.5 hr journey to Snowdonia. We were rewarded with this beautiful reflection shot as we reach the foot of the Llanberis pass. Very rare this as Snowdonia is renowned for being the wettest place in Britain.

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<font color="#800000" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">The route for our climb up is the Miner's Path - one of the easiest (if there is such a thing) paths - and descent by the Pyg track. Both paths start directly opposite GORPHWYSFA HOTEL, at head of Llanberis pass,so can be used for a round trip. The higher path is the pyg track and the lower one skirting the lakes is the miner's path. Allow 6 hours plus time to enjoy views at the summit - so long as its not cloud covered!

<font color="#800000" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">The Miner's Track is a less strenuous path as it rises gently towards Llyn Llydaw and away from Pen y Pass.

<font color="#800000" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Ruined miners' barracks are seen on the shores of Llyn Teyrn, after which the causeway that crosses Llyn Llydaw comes into view. Soon you will see the old crushing mill of the Britannia Copper Mine. The mill (one of the most modern in the country in its heyday) was worked by a water-wheel fed from Llyn Glaslyn high above.

<font color="#800000" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">There now follows a steep ascent to the shores of Llyn Glaslyn (The Blue Lake). The blue-green colour of the water results from dissolved copper salts that have leached into the lake over the years. Walkers are now faced with a steep "gets the back of your legs" 400 ft ascent over a scree slope, eventually joining with Pyg Track to the famous zig-zags - the steep steps that rise up to Bwlch Glas, where it meets Llanberis path. Turn left, reaching summit in ¼ hr, fairly walk parallel with railway.</font>

<font color="#800000" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">The higher path seen in this pic is the pyg track which we took for our descent. The Pyg track is also a popular, well defined track. To use this path as you ascent pass through a wall half right, in car park at Pen-y-Pass, and mount over boulders. After 1½hr reach Bwlch Moch, where it is possible to take another path up onto the ridge walk of Crib Goch. Skirt hillside under steep crags of Crib Goch and in 1½ hr cross a shoulder to look down 400 ft to Cwm Glas. Continue along hillside, joined by Lyn Lldaw route.</font>

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