One word if you do decide to go up there and especially if you tackle the northern section, I would recommend a good visibility day. Navigation is not simple and seeing where you are going is fairly essential to avoid going around in circles and tears of frustration!
Returned from my trip there, so might as well write it here.
New trainers (£19.50) arrived Tuesday, so packed my tent, kit and 21/2 days food and drove to Barmouth Wednesday morning. Not best idea with new shoes straight out the box, but I had nothing else to wear on my feet.
I hadn't been out with the tent and rucksack since September and the first climb out of Barmouth onto the ridge was a bit of a shock to the legs, I nearly panicked, but a couple of hours in and they loosened up. Wind was still keen and a little cloudy, but otherwise cool and clear so good conditions as I made my way north, but wet underfoot after all the rain, at least not short of water. I crossed the roman steps and kept going north doing all the tops before camping on the footpath down to Moelfryn.
Woken early by a meltdown at the nuclear plant, or is that the sun rising behind it? Grouse calling at me from the slopes, cuckoos cooking and a clear lovely day. Headed to the Oakley Arms (blimey, have you seen the new lakeside path round Trawsfynydd, must have cost a fortune), then up through Dduallt to Tanygrisiau reservoir. Here I missed the path up to Llyn Stwlan and made a right pigs ear of floundering about up the valley till I came out below the dam - hot, sweaty and swearing. Cooked some noodles and off up Moelwyn Mawr, then round the quarries to Cnicht and down to Nantmor. Probably the best, clearest summer day ever in Snowdonia, great views. From here the riverside track to Beddgelert, soles of my feet were sore (trenchfoot starting from two long days in the wet), so I bathed them in the river, washed what was left of my old socks and finished the walk.
Time for an ice cream, caught the last bus to Porthmadog and train back to Barmouth - pack of chips and drive home.
Legs a bit stiff today, age is a b*ggar, but 2 good long days in the hills.
Totally agree Pete. I ran them quite a bit over the years (I lived in mid Wales) and know the northern section well - my favourite bit - part of the Meirionnydd Round which is the best ever route in Wales. IMO.
But this is part of my Cambrian Way, so I'm on wild camp etc. for a couple of nights, enjoying the walk and scenery and hoping I can remember where all those goat tracks are north of the Roman steps after a 5 year break. Then just the boring bit of Snowdonia left .