Conwy - Bethesda, 19.7 miles
Set off at 9am .. a bit late for mountaineering but at least the weather was dry, cloudy but did not seem to threaten rain.
The first part of the walk is similar to the inward route, and it seemed to take ages to get up to the Carneddau hills, but I got there in the end.. and there were Views! You could see the whole of Snowdonia, the whole of Wales, it seemed. I was a happy bunny.
Eventually I wound my way down to Bethesda, intending to book into the same bunkhouse I used before.. and was amazed to be told it was fully booked! only two days before, I had been the sole inhabitant. So I had to go in search of somewhere to put up the tent for the night. I phoned a b&b with the ever so slightly creepy name of "Joy of Life," and they could not have been nicer. They said they were fully booked but had fields and a barn where I could pitch my tent. And then Iain drove into Bethesda and picked me up.. and they would not take any money. They have quite the facilities there.. caravans, cabins, cottages, b&b.. you can Google it. They are looking to sell but can't find a buyer.
|Heading up from Conwy towards the Carneddau|
|A last look back at Conwy from the same spot|
|Getting closer.. tricky navigation across these boggy uplands, with no clear path|
|Memorial to a crashed aircraft, a Liberator that was wrecked with all six crew in January 1944|
|Carnedd Gwenllian (926m) to the right, Foel-fras (942m) on the left.|
|Summit of Foel-Fras. Difficult to scramble over all these rocks!|
|Summit of Carnedd Gwenllian|
|Looking from Gwenllian along towards Carnedd Llewelyn and Carnedd Dafydd. I dearly wanted to walk over them but had not time to go and come back|
|Coming down towards Bethesda, the Glyder range and that appalling slate quarry detritis behind|