A walk from Caernarfon to Llanberis

Jubilee Saturday, a nice bright day, so I got dropped off at the cash point in Caernarfon, declining a visit to the shops. After all, its only a mile walk back to the park, and there are buses! So, having charged my wallet with cash, I walked to find a bus. Big Mistake, I could not find the right timetables, stops or drivers to ask. Never mind, I'll just walk back up the hill a little way...

Roman Camp came and went. Llanbeblig Church looks grand from a distance! Oops, I could have caught that bus! The cemetery on the right is well kept, the old one on the left looks 'Victorian'. Over the Seiont and the footpath disappears for 100 yards… but why stop here when its such a wonderful day?

The Bryn Gwna tempts, but by now my Springer Spaniel, Chloe, has got into her step. I have a feeling it might be difficult to stop now! Past the garage and on to Waenfawr. The map shows a left at the Snowdonia Fire house for Groeslon and a road up into the mountains, but I kept to the main road for a bottle of water from the Post Office. Left for Groeslon, past the village shop, and right, back onto the mountain road.

View of Moelsmytho, 1123ft The Nant y Betws valley to Beddgellert View North back to Caernarfon Bay Slate slag on the left, dark forest on the right
Looking over Llanberis valley... …panoramic View over Bangor to the Menai Strait …and down to Llyn Padarn

Now, a word to the wise. Before you go onto a mountain road, kit yourself out with a good map. My map was bought when I first arrived in Snowdonia in the 1960’s - and it is not very good at showing footpaths. So there I was, a good two hours (and more) into my stroll… and a bewildering array of choices to get down to Llanberis. At time like these I tend to follow Chloe. Into a bog. Not good. Down slate workings. Fantastic views still. Aha, a fence, a notice… ‘Perygle, High Explosive, MOD Property Keep Out’… and it looks about sixty years old! I eventually emerged onto a lane which led to the centre of Llanberis, at the climber’s café. The Snowdon Honey café has tables outside and a bus stop - next bus back to Pont Rug in 30 mins, time for tea!

Meanwhile, back at Glan Gwna, Walter is helping Eryl to burn my bar b que. News of this made the final walk from Pont Rug to Glan Gwna quite quick, and yes, I did have a little appetite!

Post Script. I can recommend Compeed plasters for foot blisters.

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