After a short walk back to the Watkins Path,I was on my way.
The Watkin Path is "the most demanding route direct to the summit of Snowdon", since it starts at the lowest elevation of any of the main routes. It was first conceived by Edward Watkin, a railway owner who had attempted to build a railway tunnel under the English Channel, and had a summer home in Nant Gwynant near the start of the path. It was originally designed as a donkey track and opened in 1892.
Scenes from Carry On... Up the Khyber were filmed on the lower part of the Watkin Path in 1968, with the Watkin Path representing the Khyber Pass in the film.
|The start of The Watkins Path.|
I pass through another gate and pass a sign explaining some of the sights to be seen up the route.
I now see a much more impressive waterfall a little way off in the distance.The sound of crashing water is just amazing.
I stop and take off my coat as I was quickly warming up and stop to take a look back at how far I have climbed and take in the view back towards Nant Gwynant.
|The original Hafod Settlement|
I walk onwards and near Plas Cwmllan, is the large boulder known as Gladstone Rock, which bears a plaque commemorating a speech given in 1892 by William Ewart Gladstone, the then 83-year-old Prime Minister, on the subject of Justice for Wales.
Porthmadog. Various buildings, including barracks and dressing sheds, remain.
|Looking back to where I had came.|
|The steep path upwards|
|Another view back|
|An so the path goes on|
|A Mountain Goat|
|The final look back before the scramble|
|The path leading to the scramble.|
|I stopped a little way up,the picture doesn't do justice to the gradient of the scramble.|
|View down to Llyn Llydaw Reservoir|
|The lazy way up,Mountain railway from Llanberis|
|The new RIBA Award-winning £8.4 million visitor centre, Hafod Eryri, designed by Ray Hole Architects in conjunction with Arup and built by Carillion, was officially opened on 12 June 2009 by First Minister Rhodri Morgan|
|View down to the PYG track.|
Nobody knows for sure why this path is called the Pyg Track. It's possible that it was named after the pass it leads through, Bwlch y Moch (translated Pigs' Pass) as the path is sometimes spelled 'Pig Track'. Or, maybe because it was used to carry 'pyg' (black tar) to the copper mines on Snowdon. Another possible explanation is that the path was named after the nearby Pen y Gwryd Hotel, popular amongst the early mountain walkers.
|This track was far busier than the Watkins Path,Too busy for my liking really.|
|View down to Glaslyn|
|Not quite sure for the reason for a pole filled with coins!|
I now made the decision to leave the PYG track and drop down to the Miners track to scout along the water.
|Glaslyn (Welsh: Blue lake)|
I stop off to cool my feet in Glaslyn, the water really is as cold as it looks. Had the route not been so busy,I may have been tempted to even have a swim.
|view back to the summit|
|Llyn Llydaw Reservoir (from the Welsh meaning Brittany lake)|
|View across Llyn Llydaw to Snowdons summit|
|The final stretch before Pen Y Pass|
James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.
|Cwm Dyli Power Station|