On the way upSpot the little ants on the Pyg trackThrift on the rocks

One added bonus of my birthday is that it always coincides with a long bank holiday weekend, leaving the bikes at home for a change we headed across to Wales. Birthday dinner en-route and I was pleased to discover that the garlic mushrooms I’d had previously were as good as I’d remembered them.

We’d set our sites on Snowdon for the weekend, and our campsite just outside Rhyd Ddu was perfect for this. Woke up to beautiful weather Saturday morning, the summit already in our sight, packed our bags and started walking. Our route took us up the Snowdon Ranger path, which was almost deserted. We passed maybe a half dozen people before the path meets the railway and the Llanberis path and then the solitude is over – hundreds of people! Quickly nipped up to the top of the cairn, had a quick bite to eat sheltered against the wall of the new cafe and then started back down the Rhyd Ddu path and away from the crowds once more. After sixteen km and a quick pub stop we were back at our tent and ready for a rest.

Sunday arrived and with it aching muscles so a day spent relaxing on the beach was called for. Took a trip to Whistling Sands on the Lleyn Peninsular. The sand doesn’t really whistle, it’s more like a squeak. We found we could do quite good guinea pig impressions! I flew my kite, had an ice cream confirming the weekend as a proper holiday as no holiday is complete without ice cream!

Two days of mostly sunshine and we were beginning to wonder whether we’d in fact gone to Wales after all! By Monday morning we were in no doubt as the rain set in for the day so we scampered off home!

Route Map