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