Thursday, 9 June 2016

Tryfan and the Ogwen Valley in Snowdonia

Llyn Ogwen and Tryfan Snowdonia
Tryfan and the Ogwen Valley seen from the lower slopes of Y Garn with Llyn Ogwen on the left. We have just left the main route from Llyn Idwal to Y Garn, and are heading towards Foel Goch on a little used route that climbs that peak and Y Garn before returning to the valley via Llyn Idwal. This region in the North of Snowdonia National Park is a popular desitination for hikers and climbers alike; and  we were lucky enough to be here when the mists had cleared to reveal one of the wildest and most rugged landscapes in all of Wales.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

View of Snowdon from Capel Curig

snowdon in north wales

Looking towards Snowdon from the eastern end of the Glyders above Capel Curig. At 1085m or 3560 feet the peak is the highest of the Welsh Mountains and a popular destination for hikers and the less energetic who ride the train to the top. The four summits in this view are from left to right Y Lliwedd, Snowdon (Y Wyddfa), Crib Goch and Carnedd Ugain which at 3495 ft is the second highest peak in Wales and a much quieter place to have one's lunch when hiking these mountains.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Scottish Mountains - the Grey Corries from Aonach Mor

walking in the highlands aonach mor

Away from the crowds that troop dutifully up Ben Nevis, the summit of Aonach Mor at 4006 ft above sea level is a worthy destination and the eastern side of the mountain falls steeply into corries of almost Alpine scale. This rugged landscape is unseen from the Nevis Range ski area where the gondola takes people half way up in the summer months and is in complete contrast to the vast but smooth slopes on that side of the mountain. Here, the view is to the Grey Corries from a point just beyond the highest ski lift. The traverse of this ridge as far as Aonach Beag (4048ft) is a fine outing.

Pete Buckley Oct 2015

Hidden Lakeland - the Ennerdale Valley

ennerdale lake district

The view towards the head of Ennerdale from the top of Crag Fell. The lake on the left is Ennerdale Water which is one of the lesser visited of the Lake District owing to its position as the westernmost of the region. Its circuit makes a fine low level walk while the track on its far side leads from the roadhead for seven miles up to Black Sail youth hostel and is a fantastic outing on a mountain bike. There is no road access to the upper valley which is surrounded by mountains and offers access for the hiker to Wasdale, Borrowdale and the Buttermere Valley as well as to the well known peaks of Great Gable, Pillar and Haystacks by a variety of good paths.

Pete Buckley Oct 2015

Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Western Fells of the Lake District

lakeland mountain landscapes

Looking down the Buttermere Valley from the ridge between Honister Pass and Great Gable in the Western part of the Lake District National Park. All too often this view is screened by mist and rain but today Buttermere and Crummock Water are seen between the peaks of High Stile and Grasmoor while in the distance the West Cumbrian Plain fades towards the Irish Sea. Here are some more photos and a route description for a hike around the four valleys that converge here.

Friday, 6 March 2015

The Path to the Top of England

trail from wasdale head to scafell pike

The most direct route to Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head follows the broad trail up towards Hollowstones from the National Trust Campsite and on to Lingmell Col. The way is steeply uphill - much on stone steps - for 3000 feet though at least your efforts will be rewarded by views such as this one well before the summit is attained... Pike's Crag at the top of the picture forms a rugged rampart that hides the very top of England from here while the obvious gap to the right is Mickledore which lies between Scafell Pike and Scafell - the second highest peak of the Lake District. The photo was taken from about a third of the way up.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Mountains of Snowdonia - Pen yr Ole Wen

pen yr ole wen above the ogwen valley

Viewed from the same location as Llyn Idwal in the previous post; the imposing peak of Pen yr Ole Wen rises over 2000 feet above the Ogwen Valley - the wildest in North Wales - which is unseen in the dip. The mountain which is 3210 feet or 978m high marks the south western end of the Carneddau ridge while having more of the rugged character of the Glyderau on this side of the Ogwen Valley. The usual ascent route heads up on the right hand side of the picture and features an easy but exciting scramble on the path that continues up to Carnedd Dafydd and on along the ridge. The photo was taken from the northern shore of Llyn Idwal in October 2014.

Pete Buckley Feb 2015