It all started on the Friday where we stopped off at CAERNARFON CASTLE to see the Weeping Window First World War memorial and to pay respects to all service men & women. A very sober and moving tribute.
|The Weeping Window|
|Caernarfon Castle Weeping Window|
The weather was quite cool but dry as we made our way down the near deserted roads and lanes and onto the single track lane that leads to the cottage. As it was still light enough, I went for a quick look round from the top ground above the cottage with views out towards Porthmadog and down the surrounding Valley.
|Murky view towards Porthmadog|
|A walk on the wildside|
|View down to Buarthau with the crags of Yr Arddu as the backdrop|
|Nice way to end the day|
We started from the car park at Nantmor and followed the easy path climbing steadily upwards through the woods before coming out in the open with misty views over to Cnicht and the Moelwyn's and back towards Porthmadog. We were following a stream but with the amount of rain overnight, the path in places resembled a stream as we made steady progress to the first rest of the day at the memorial bench that offered great views back down the Cwm.
|Our route for the day|
|Start of the walk|
|Nice waterfall :-)|
|View over to Cnicht & The Moelwyns|
We moved onwards and upwards as we came to the old pulley system of the copper mines. There are small reminders along the path but it's not until you come in to view of the pylons that you get a real sense of the place and all the spoil heaps and stone walls of old sheepfolds. After a look round here it's a straight forward walk to the stile at the top of the Cwm which offered good misty views all the way back down.
|Up past the old pylons|
|View down the pylons|
|Needs a bit of WD40 to get it working|
|Soggy way up|
|View down from the top of the Cwm|
|Looking down to Llyn Dinas & a distant Moel Siabod|
|Rainbow over the Snowdon Range|
|Sun lighting up Llyn Dinas|
|Rainbow watching over Llyn Dinas|
|Llyn Dinas outflow with Moel Hebog as the backdrop|
|Blue skies over Moel Hebog|
|Beddgelert Village Green|
|Steady as she goes|
The Sunday saw us have a bit of a lazy morning before our next adventure, bouncing below in the old slate mines at Blaenau Ffestiniog. We have done this before a couple of years ago when it first opened but it's had a bit of a make over since and it's got a bit bigger. Oh what fun we had for an hour, and very very tiring as you climb, slide and bounce your way round the big open caverns, brilliant :-)
A quick walk up to Buarthau Summit at the end of the day rounded off another brilliant weekend tucked away in this hidden valley,
|Buarthau Summit Panoramic|