Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Sunday 12 November 2023

Sunday 12 November 2023 - A Wet Walk Around Beddgelert

Despite a lie in, we couldn't beat the rain. Dave sent a message saying he didn't want to walk in rain, so he was heading home. I continued with my 'copy editing' for Reg, and Sue continued reading the draft of Reg's book before making lunch. Outside, an oyster catcher scrabbled for food in the tidal seaweed.

We then drove in pouring rain to a pull-in by a bridge over the Afon Glaslyn. We decided on the 9km version of walk number 22 in Alex Kendall's Snowdonia North guide. Here's the view from the bridge. 

Beddgelert sports a fine row of cottages that brighten any day. They were definitely needed today.

Despite a few puddles, feet stayed dry as we walked up to the Copper Mine. 

Reaching Llyn Dinas, photos of a murky view...

A sharp right turn then took us up a steep stone staircase with good views back down to Llyn Dinas. 

After reaching flatter ground we could look ahead to the gentler gradient of our path up to the day's high point.

From the high point we now looked down to our gentle descent into Cwm Bychan. 

By now my feet were wet, thanks to wearing trail shoes due to my boots giving an ankle rub. It was raining hard and my camera isn't waterproof, so the rest of the pictures are thanks to Sue, and may also be seen on her Facebook page. 

We passed the remains of some mining infrastructure as we slithered down Cwm Bychan. 

Lots of black bags full of rocks gave away the fact that this is a popular path requiring drastic improvements. 

Anyway, we sloshed our way down and eventually reached the Pass of Aberglaslyn, where we rejoined Alex's longer route.

The river was in spate.

On reaching the bridge, and our exit to the roadside pull-in, we found that the gateway from which we had started our walk had now assumed the proportions of a minor flood.

So, after that it was back to a nice warm house after a thoroughly wet walk. Here's the route - about 9km, with 300 metres ascent, in less than 3 hours.

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