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Lyn Padyrn Lake walk

          After the indulgences of the last few days, maybe a brisk walk would be a good idea.  Unfortunately Mother Nature has decided to make it a little too brisk for me today so I’m delving back into the files for some exercise instead.

          On one of our trips to Snowdonia we set off on one of the circular walks from Llanberis, I’ve already shown you the first parts of this walk in “Cwm-y-Glow circular walk“, “Down to Cym-y-Glow“, and “Lyn Padyrn Path“.

85. Trees

          In the first post we climbed high above the houses in the High Street and our path wandered through Glyn Rhonwy slate mine.  I was amazed at how the trees managed to grow in such a barren landscape and would be interested to go back and see how much more of the old slate tip the plants have managed to reclaim.  When we passed that way, something was in the process of being built, a visitor centre maybe ?  I guess we definitely need another walk in that direction.

102. Which way.

          After we’d reached our highest point and stopped to admire the view, we sort of gave up on our little map and followed Hubby’s sense of direction in a downwards walk to the main road and in my third post, after negotiating with a field of cows for right of way, we finally found the Lyn Padyrn Path and joined one side of the lake walk to make our way back to Llanberis.

2013-04. Old road.

          As you walk away from the stone tunnel which is literally a hole cut out of the mountain, you have two choices, you can either continue along the old road we’ve joined (picture above) and follow it back to Llanberis, or you can take the slightly more uneven path to your left, with much better views, and follow the path mapped out for you by the white stripes on the posts around the lake. (picture below)
2013-04. Lake walk.

          I’ll take you again to see the beautiful views around the lake, by now my feet were getting tired and my camera seemed to be heavy so I only lifted it now and again for the rest of the walk home.

2013-04. Colour splash.

          One or two things managed to catch the last of my attention though.

2013-04. Fungi.

          And finally we came to the open view of the lake which meant Pete’s Eats would soon be on our right for a very well-earned sit and eat.

2013-04. Ducks.

           More from before : a circular walk between “Llanberis” and “Cwm-y-Glow“.

From Nant Peris

32. Vaynol Arms.

          I left you in at the Vynol Arms in Nant Peris after walking from the  “Snowdon Honey Farm Shop” in Llanberis, I trust you are suitably refreshed and ready to join me on the next part of our walk.

          The little leaflet we were following said we had three options to return to Llanberis, firstly we could re-trace our steps through the Nant Peris park and this would give us a gentle walk of about four miles in total, but it also detailed two other walks back each totaling about 7 miles each.

          According to the map, one of the walks should have started almost opposite the footpath we had just come out of, unfortunately I couldn’t find the start to this one so we headed off back along the road in a Llanberis direction until we picked up the start of the second.

33. Footpath.

          Look carefully at the next picture, can you see the path we followed up through the slate quarry ?

          See the wooden posts of the fence to our left as you walk along the tarmac path, ok, now can you see the same posts, just a row of pale dots, underneath the copyright logo higher up ?  This is part of our path as we zig-zagged further towards the sky.  Let your eyes follow across from right to left and look for the deep ‘V’ in the skyline, this is where the mountain had been opened up at some time to allow the path to pass through.

34. Zig-zag road.

Remember how comforting it is to see the words “You are here” on a map ?  We found “Vous et ici” when lost in Nice, France, and on our map, displayed on two large posts as we were heading upwards in a slate quarry on the highest mountain in Wales, the Welsh words “Rydych chi yma” were just as comforting here too.

35. You are here.

          Take a look again at the map, the road you can see on the opposite side of Lyn Peris lake to where we were is the one we followed from Llanberis, the layby is small, but quite easily visible and at the end of the layby the road continues on to the left while the path through Nant Peris Park goes off to the right.

          We had followed the park path to meet up with the road further on and then walked back to where the red line on the map shows the start of the slate quarry walk.

          How’s this for a view… Lyn Peris, Dolbadarn Castle, Lyn Padyrn and Llanberis, with mountains opening up behind them.

36. Slate outcrop.

          Did I mention the triathlon we were in Llanberis to watch?  Well I believe that after a dip in Lyn Padyrn, and then a cycle race away on mountain roads, the route for the run part of the race went along the edge of the lake on the power station side and via a private road which was especially opened for the runners, allowing them to follow the same route as our climb up through the quarry.

          The path was wide enough for a car to take us to the top but we were walking,  and I can’t imagine even for just one second how hard it was to run the route on the following day.

          After zig-zagging upwards the appearance of a second “you are here” sign gave both my legs and my breathing a chance to catch up with me.  At this stage we were joined on our trek by a second path, I’m guessing this is where we would have arrived from if we had found the earlier route on our little leaflet.

37. Rydych chi yma.

          Onwards and upwards.  Through the parted mountain at the highest point on our journey for the day and finally to a slight downward turn in the trudge.  The views were breathtaking….  we’ll, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

40. Triathalon route.

          As our walk headed downwards slightly we took a slight detour off to a viewing platform to take in the views.  On our left we could see Lyn Peris, with the quarry, The route we had followed wasn’t easy to make out from here but I think we climbed up on the softer looking slate to the other side of the harsh slate walls blasted out by the mining.  Below, the view to our right looked down on the triathlon event village, the track heading forwards from out of the trees, alongside the railway line  would be a welcome sight to the runners as they neared the finish line.

41. Triathalon interchange.

          If you’re following along with this walk at a later date, look out for the viewing station, if you’re tired and wondering if the extra distance is really going to be worth it, then let me assure you it most definitely is.

43. Viewing platform.

          After some much less strenuous footwork we found ourselves looking at the final path-side map, the red lines appear to show another route which we might well try at a different date, but this time we followed the slate gravel path to the end of the line and arrived, as our little leaflet had suggested at the Dinorwig village car park.

45. Final map.

           More from before : posts about “Llanberis” and other walks in Snowdonia.

Snowdon Honey Farm shop

19. Snowdon Honey Farm.

          The shop and tea-rooms of the “Snowdon Honey Farm and Winery”  are well worth a visit to just shop and sample the delicacies on offer in the tea-rooms, but one little corner of the tea-room in particular draws us in each time we visit.  On a shelf in the corner you’ll find a number of little leaflets showing plans of and giving directions for a number of local walks, these are free, but a donation into the charity box is suggested.

          We used one such map on our walk to “Cwm-y-Glo” on our last visit, but this time we chose a walk to Nant Peris and back.

          We set off from the shop in the direction of “Dolbadarn Castle”  and having found the castle easily my map-reading skills failed us and instead of carrying on past the castle as the walking guide sent us we returned to the road and headed out of Llanberis past the large old hotel on the hill, the Royal Victoria Hotel (known as Vicky to the locals), a short way past here we found the other end of the foot-path where we would have re-joined the road if we had kept on going.

2014-05. Other side.

          The first part of this Nant Peris circular walk involves a lot of road walking but from here you can get a great view across Lyn Padyrn.  The entrance to the “Electric Mountain” is nestled below the slate quarry.  Hubby’s been to visit the power station inside the mountain, an attraction I might well visit next time we’re there and it’s raining.

2014-05. Electric montain.

          I couldn’t decide which picture to add here, the Electric Mountain entrance framed by the fresh new greenery, or the slate walls hacked out of the mountain contrasted with the soft scented blossom, so you’ve got both …

24. Blossom slate.

          If I had been standing here a lot later in the day, I would have seen myself just entering the picture somewhere near the top right of the photo.  Although bearing in mind the enormous scale of things here, I would have just been a tiny white dot on the landscape.

          The walk to Nant Peris is a very gentle walk, more of a means to an end really but after a little while of road walking you will come to a layby on your right, after my earlier attempt at map reading caused us to back-track when we were actually so near to the forward path, it was quite a relief to find the layby marked on the map, and as with many of the pictures in this post, this sign on the wall at the far end of the layby will serve as landmark for anyone trying to follow in our footsteps.

2014-05. Parc Nant Peris.

          As it says on the sign, the park is being developed, the layby was a temporary home to workmen and building materials, but I’m sure it will all be beautiful when it’s finished, I just hope the health and safety brigade don’t have too much of a say in what goes where.  It was a pleasant change to road walking though and one or two things caught my eye as we passed through.

          We passed what was possibly an old slate stack at the side of the path and since it reminded me of one of those penny slot machines in an amusement arcade with the pennies poised to drop at any moment I really didn’t need the warning to keep off it, maybe it was there for the sheep, but if you look carefully you will see they hadn’t taken a lot of notice.

28. Severe sheepfall.

          A little further along the path you will see a style, just a thought here, even with the recent dry weather the ground was rather moist underfoot, once past the style though and up hill slightly it was fine but I don’t think you would have been able to take this path a few months ago, maybe they’ll add a board-walk here or something similar while they’re developing the park.

29. Style.

          Oh look, the sheep have made it down to firmer ground quite safe, unharmed and still quite oblivious to the warning sign.

30. Safety.

          Shortly you’ll come to a little bridge crossing the stream, we paused here watching two dogs chasing a sheep.  Poor thing, it looked terrified.  A man appeared, shouting at the dogs.  He was wearing running shorts and a sports t-shirt and although the dogs didn’t seem to be hurting the sheep, he really didn’t look like a farmer.  But what does a farmer look like on one of the warmest days of the year half way up a mountain ?

          Eventually the dogs chased the sheep into the stream and the “farmer” hoisted the sheep up onto his shoulders and carried it away.  By then we had to assume a tourist or runner at the triathlon event organised for the weekend wouldn’t have been able to hoist the sheep onto his shoulders so easily so we carried on over the bridge, relieved that the sheep didn’t seem harmed in any way, and headed into Nant Peris.

31. Footbridge.

          I wondered if this little bridge would survive the developments, if you’re following the walk from my pictures in the future, you might have to use a bit of imagination when looking for landmarks.

31. Gateway to Nant Peris.

          After the bridge, we appeared to be walking through a field, and I’m not sure if the children’s play area on our left was a garden or a public park, but as we got closer to the road again we found this small gate, stepped through onto a sort of driveway and finally came to a footpath sign point the way we had come.

          If you’re heading into Llanberis from the Nant Peris end of the park, look out for the Vaynol Arms, the footpath is to be found just the other side of the bus stop in the picture.

32. Vaynol Arms.

           More from before : posts about “Llanberis” and other walks in Snowdonia.