A Walk On The Hill Side

The area around the National Slate Museum at Llanberis, North Wales is both beautiful and rugged. In the winter snow-capped mountains roll down to icy frozen lakes. In the spring as the snow melts fabulous waterfalls drop down the side of mountains and hills to the lakes below.

Llyn Ogwen

So on the way home from the museum, Adrian, my photo-buddy and I decided to stop off at Llyn Ogwen to try to capture some scenic landscapes.

Llyn Ogwen lies at a height of about 310 metres above sea level and has an area of 78 acres (320,000 m2), but is a very shallow lake, with a maximum depth of only a little over 3 metres. For those of you who don’t know llyn in the Welsh language means lake.

Llyn Ogwen

The lake lies alongside the A5 road between two mountain ranges of Snowdonia, the Carneddau and the Glyderau.

Mountain Path

Close proximity to the A5 means that there is easy access into the surrounding hills with some well-marked trails.

Wooden Stile

Llyn Ogwen lies within the Snowdonia National Park and therefore comes under the responsibility of the SNP Authority, who have a multitude of roles, one of which is conservation. Dry stone walls are robust enough to withstand the elements but think what would happen when  thousands of walkers climb over them. To protect the walls wooden stiles are placed at strategic locations.

High on a Hill

Once we were high enough Adrian (check out his website www.adrian-evans.com)  and I started to take photographs but we didn’t really have much time to linger. It was late in the afternoon, with a cold wind blowing on the exposed slopes and the cloud cover was rapidly starting to come in…time to get off that hillside and back to the warm car.

I hope you enjoyed this little “walk on the hill side” with us. Snowdonia is a beautiful place and if your ever in the area make sure you bring a camera.

Footnote: Later that evening North Wales was hit by heavy snow and high winds causing blizzard conditions. It led to roads being blocked, some still are, power lines down, communities cut off and livestock having to be rescued.. It’s now a week since those storms happened and certain areas of the National Park are still inaccessible. Mountain Rescue teams are advising it is unsafe to walk in the mountains, due to risk of avalanche and wind chill. Snowdon Railway, which climbs to the top of Mount Snowdon has suspended operations over the Easter Weekend due to the fact that the track is blocked, despite efforts to clear it.

More snow is expected this weekend.

If you are in the area stay safe and warm, don’t be a statistic. As always check for the latest information, things can change quickly in the mountains.



17 thoughts on “A Walk On The Hill Side

  1. ricksmithphotos March 28, 2013 / 17:21

    Greatly enjoy your blog. The photos are fantastic and I like the commentary.


    • Mike Hardisty March 28, 2013 / 17:25

      Thank you Rick. I’m glad you like them and the blog as well..


  2. paulscribbles March 28, 2013 / 18:55

    Love this neck of the woods. Your lovely photos are a reminder to me that I must visit again soon.


    • Mike Hardisty March 28, 2013 / 20:06

      It’s a great place Paul, I love getting out for the day, plenty of fresh air and good company makes for a great day ou.


  3. mtlawleyshire March 28, 2013 / 19:12

    beautiful 🙂 Thanks for freezing for a few moments to shoot these to share 🙂


      • mtlawleyshire March 29, 2013 / 12:50

        I hope so for you as well, just wish it would continue cooling down here – it’s getting warm again :-/


    • Mike Hardisty March 29, 2013 / 10:09

      Thank you..it is beautiful countryside


  4. petspeopleandlife March 29, 2013 / 05:22

    Stunning photographs. The stone wall is beautiful but so are all the photos. I can’t imagine how cold it must be there. But is looks bleak and barren. I saw the clouds in one of the pics and they looked ominous.


    • Mike Hardisty March 29, 2013 / 10:15

      Hi Yvonne….are you back up and running now. Thanks for the comment. It is bleak, but so beautiful. I’m hoping to get there this weekend sometime, as after the heavy falls of snow it will look even more bleak


  5. fgassette March 29, 2013 / 16:01

    Beautiful photos. Loved the walk on the hill side and your narritive.



    • Mike Hardisty March 29, 2013 / 18:58

      Thank you Francine, we’re going to venture into the mountains tomorrow, the roads are clear so we might be able to photograph from the edges of the road. Lots of snow still about, hoping to get some good photographs


  6. Ray Hines March 30, 2013 / 14:36

    Great photos and a fabulous blog Mike. I was hoping to get some shots this past week but it was to windy and cold. Luckily for us you’re not a wimp like me.


  7. Lynne Ayers April 2, 2013 / 00:57

    Glorious, GLORIOUS, scenery. I’m in love with it.


    • Mike Hardisty April 2, 2013 / 10:22

      Rugged and beautiful both, Lynne, between that and the coast I’ve got some great places to photograph…


  8. janalinesmalman April 18, 2013 / 13:02

    You have a great blog filled with beautiful photos! I will be on the look out for your next post!


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