Sunday was a bad “senior moment” day for me. First I turned the wrong way in Beddgelert and ended up nearly in Porthmadog, then found I had left my sunhat behind and to cap it all when we got back to the car in the afternoon I had a parking ticket. But that was because I HAD bought a ticket on arrival and put it in my pocket while I went to the loo. The ticket stayed in my pocket all day and not on the car dashboard where it should have been. I put it all down to the heat.
Five of us set out a bit late from Rhyd Ddu and enjoyed the gentle early mile of the path. Very few people on our side of the hill, but as we were to find out at the top, hoards toiling up all the other paths. We stopped at all the walls to try and get some shade and take on more liquid and ‘paused to admire the view’ quite often. The views were typical for a hot day – lots of haze – could only just see Anglesey.
Arrived at the top at 12.30 and the place was heaving: lots of big groups on sponsored ascents etc, so we ate our lunch a little way back from the summit accompanied by the friends of Alfred Hitchcock. The clouds to the north of us looked very dark and threatening and mist boiled up from Cwm Clogwyn to the west making it cool enough to need fleeces. We left the hoards at 1.00 and got onto Allt Maenderyn (the South Ridge) and had it virtually to ourselves. A steep descent with one or two scrambly bits brought us down into the quarry where it was hot and airless. One or two birds about but really all very quiet – that still, hot, lazy time of the afternoon when sitting in the shade with a cool drink at your elbow was what was called for.
We arrived back at Rhyd Ddu just in time to see the Welsh Highland Railway train in the station and watched it pull out heading north. Back to the very hot cars and a slow drive home at 45 mph – we met all the folk on their way back from the coast.
A good day and I still say that this is the best route up and down Snowdon. Thanks to all who came and all who drove: pics in the gallery.