Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Yr Aran – 30 August

More than ever on Bank Holiday weekends is there a case for seeking out quiet hills away from the ‘honey pots’. Yr Aran is such a hill although the initial approach uses the less popular but nonetheless busy Watkin Path to Snowdon. After leaving the Watkin Path we headed for the ridge above Afon Gorsen without going to Coed yr allt. This provided a steep, grassy and very quiet route to the ridge on one of the stillest days of the year.

After gaining the ridge we wandered along to the summit drinking in the views of Snowdon and the ridges around Cwm Llan. Crib Goch appeared in the distance and we are happy to be away from the crowds and queues. A pair of trail runners popped up over Yr Aran as we approached the summit but their concentration was on their feet, the path and bringing them together safely.

It wouldn’t really have been Snowdonia on a Bank Holiday if we hadn’t joined the crowds briefly so descending to the Watkin Path through the disused quarry we shared the sunshine with the crowds swimming and paddling in the river.

 

20150830_001_Snowdonia-48-EditSnowdon and Y Lliwedd with Crib Goch in the distance

20150830_002_Snowdonia-54-EditFrom Yr Aran summit to Snowdon

20150830_003_Snowdonia-63-EditLooking North West from Yr Aran summit

20150830_004_Snowdonia-71-EditDisused quarry on Yr Aran

20150830_005_Snowdonia-77-EditThe Watkin Path

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