Snowdonia Slate Trail: Information, Advice and Personal Reflection

Stats for the Snowdonia Slate Trail Start: Bangor Finish: Bethesda Distance: 83 miles (134km) Total ascent: 13,648ft (4160m) Traditional sections: (anticlockwise over seven days) Bangor - Llanberis, 14 milesLlanberis - Rhyd Ddu, 14.5 miles Rhydd Ddu - Blaenau Ffestiniog, 16.5 miles Blaenau Ffestiniog - Penmachno 16.5 milesPenmachno - Capel Curig, 11.5 milesCapel Curig - Bethesda, … Continue reading Snowdonia Slate Trail: Information, Advice and Personal Reflection

Snowdonia Slate Trail, Day 6: Betsw-y-Coed to Bethesda (16.5 miles)

I can usually reasonably assume, both at home and in a tent, that I will wake up just before morning light. However, when I peeled open my eyes in the morning, my tent was already completely lit up. I quickly packed my things away, still yawning away a deep sleep and made my way back … Continue reading Snowdonia Slate Trail, Day 6: Betsw-y-Coed to Bethesda (16.5 miles)

Snowdonia Slate Trail, Day 4 and Day 5: Rest Day & Llan Ffestiniog to Betsw-y-Coed (16.5 miles)

I had plugged in my powerbank to charge the night before and woke up in the morning to discover that the charging cable had decided to stop being operational. This was not great. I had managed to charge my phone completely, but I knew it would take the best part of the day to get … Continue reading Snowdonia Slate Trail, Day 4 and Day 5: Rest Day & Llan Ffestiniog to Betsw-y-Coed (16.5 miles)

Snowdonia Slate Trail, Day 2: Llanberis to Beddgelert (20 miles)

The wind whipped around all night, bringing with it spontaneous showers. I was happy, warm and smug in my cocoon, bedded down in my little piece of cosy territory amongst the angry night. Except it wasn't really my territory was it. I came to realise this when just after three in the morning I was … Continue reading Snowdonia Slate Trail, Day 2: Llanberis to Beddgelert (20 miles)

Snowdonia Slate Trail, Day 1: Bangor to Llanberis (13.5 miles)

It was only a short walk from Bangor train station to where I dipped below the road and went into the trees. The trail began on a cycle path, a languid and dappled start to a trail where the landscape would become unruly and desolate and achingly bleak many times. For now, I enjoyed the … Continue reading Snowdonia Slate Trail, Day 1: Bangor to Llanberis (13.5 miles)

Snowdonia Slate Trail (Llwybr Llechi Eryri): Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

Snowdonia National Park covers a rugged 827 square miles and nine mountain ranges. The famous Snowdon Massif in the north shares its dominion with the daunting, fantastical Glydderaus and bulky, broad Carneddau. To their south, the Moelwynions lie down and sprawl like sleeping giants and the undulating circuit of the Moel Hebog Range curls like … Continue reading Snowdonia Slate Trail (Llwybr Llechi Eryri): Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List