Thursday, 17 September 2015

That Time I Climbed a Mountain

On August Bank Holiday weekend, Ben and I decided to take a trip to Wales to climb Mount Snowdon. It was quite a last minute decision as we wanted to take advantage of the long weekend and go on a staycation somewhere. We booked an incredible BnB about an hour away from Snowdon and spent the weekend exploring Wales. 

The airbnb we stayed in was an old boat which had been 'moored' in a field and converted into a bedroom! There was also a kitchen/living room area which the owners had built using an old rowing boat as the roof, winning Shed of the Year 2013! We wanted to stay somewhere a bit quirky and different, and it certainly was that! Plus it had the most breath-taking views over the Welsh Valleys which was absolutely magical to wake up to the morning and admire with a cup of coffee in hand.

On our first day, we headed over to Portmeirien for the afternoon to explore the gorgeous beach and architecture, which was built to look like an Italian fishing village...with a very man-made 'Disney' feel! The place was beautiful and we were lucky that the sun was shining on it, allowing us to dream that we really were in Italy.

After dinner in a cute local pub we headed back to base camp to get lots of rest before the big climb the next day. 

Ben did a lot of research on the different climbing routes for Mount Snowdon, and we decided to climb up the Miners Track and down the Pyg Track as these were a good mix of difficulty and popularity. The climb itself was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, we were really scrambling at one point, using my hands to climb... I think we may have gone off-piste at that point! It took about three and a half hours to get up to the top, with a few pit stops to refuel and admire the views. And the views were absolutely spectacular! I wasn't prepared for how beautiful it would be. By the time we got to the top, we were victorious and awarded ourselves with a sandwich and a mars bar! Unfortunately, as it was bank holiday weekend it was very busy at the top, which we didn’t realise when climbing. You can also get a train up if you can't be bothered to walk, so there were swarms of people up there. After taking in the view (which was in the clouds) and revelling in our accomplishment we headed back down again. The whole climb took about 7 hours altogether, and boy, did my legs know that! I could hardly walk the next day!

When we got to the base of the mountain, we headed to a little village nearby called Beddgelert which Ben had visited before. It is the cutest little Welsh town with plenty of local pubs to choose from. We had a lovely meal in a local restaurant with a well-deserved glass of wine, before heading back to our accommodation. 

The next day, we were planning on climbing some more Welsh mountains, however, our legs were protesting and we were having some problems with the car (we broke down on the way up) so we decided to head home and take our time with the journey. We stopped off in some lovely little villages on the way home, including Bridgnorth in Shropshire for lunch, which was gorgeous!

We had a wonderful weekend in Wales and I am still reeling about how beautiful the country is. I would 100% recommend a visit, and definitely recommend climbing Mount Snowdon! Just make sure you have some comfortable shoes!! 
Shed of the Year 2013


At the top! 

In the clouds


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