Friday, 27 May 2016

KR Walks... Week 19-25 June

 View N. from Bessyboot our destination on 20/6
Sunday 19 June

Monday 20 June           Rosthwaite Fell (1807ft)  Bessyboot and
                                      Rosthwaite Cam from Stonethwaite

Tuesday 21 June           High Street from Mardale Head

Wednesday 22 June      TBA

Thursday 23 June          Pillar

Friday 24 June               Loadpot Hill from Howtown

Saturday 25 June

If you'd like to come on any of these walks just give Pete a ring on... 017687 71302

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Pete's Welsh Adventure 2016 Programme

Bella was in Snowdonia earlier in the year and is keen on more Welsh adventures.

On the Glyders, mist rising above Castell y Gwindt.

Programme for the week Mon. 27 June to Friday 1 July.

Monday 27/6                  Snowdon via the Watkin Path from Bethania

Tuesday 28/6                  Moel Siabod from Capel Curig

Wednesday 29/6            Rest Day/DYOT

Thursday 30/6                Pen Yr Ole Wen and Carnedd Dafydd
                                           from Nant y Benglog

Friday 1/7                        Y Garn from Ogwen Cottage

If you'd like to join Pete, Lyn and Bella in Wales, even if it's just for one of the days give us a ring on 017687 71302 or e-mail at

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Pete's Expedition to Wales Update

Start of the Watkin Path to Snowdon from Bethania

Pete's expedition to Wales this year takes place during the week 25 June and 1 July. Snowdon itself will be one of our objectives during the week and to this end Pete and Lyn decided to do a little research to find the best route to the summit. The Pyg and Miner's Tracks which ascend from Pen Y Pass are very popular and often overpopulated though much of their seductive appeal I'm sure lies in their offering 1,000ft less ascent than other routes.  Pete decided to take a look at the quieter Watkin Path that climbs from Bethania in Nantgwynant on the SE. side of the mountain....

Out of the woods and onto an easy track leading up to Cwm Llan.

Entrance to Cwm Llan with waterfalls and evidence of former mining activity

Cwm Llan was the scene of much mining activity in former times hence the existence of a good track for so much of the route of the Watkin Path. Mr Gladsone himself, who was over 80 at the time, opened the path in 1895 giving a speech to the assembled multitude from a rock in Cwm Llan just beyond the waterfall in the above photo. The rock bears his name to this day.

Y Lliwedd forms the backdrop to the Watkin Path down in the valley bottom.

Ridge leading to the summit of Yr Aran, an outlying top of Snowdon

Pete, Lyn and Bella on Yr Aran 747m.

Lyn surveys the route of the Watkin Path from Yr Aran

The Watkin Path can be seen in its entirety from Yr Aran which was our objective for the day and what a great day it was! The route of the path is delightful, easy to follow and throughout most of its length the surface is well maintained, only as the final ridge steepens does this break down leaving the walker a short easy scramble on loose rock to gain the summit.

We thought the Watkin Path an ideal route for our June expedition. I would allow four hours for a leisurely ascent and at least an hour less for the descent by the same route. A good weather forecast for Snowdon is imperative so the calendar for the week remains fluid as yet though I will post the walks that I have in mind on this blog soon.

All enquiries to Pete or Lyn on 017687 71302