I’ve been going through the archive – re-living a few adventures and enjoyable days out. Whenever I do this I find images I had forgotten and that deserve to see the light of day.
Today’s image dates back to 2006, shot on a little Sony Compact, and it has sat on the hard drive ever since. In those days I’d never heard of Photoshop, I was still using a PC and I was only about a year into my digital experience.
My daughter Sophie and I had decided to make a day trip to Snowdonia, in N Wales – three hours each way – so we had to make an early start. Our objective was to walk over the two highest peaks in the Carneddau. The main A5 road (originally a Roman Road from London to Holyhead on the north coast of N Wales) runs straight past our village in Northamptonshire. Three hours later we parked off the same A5 in the Ogwen valley in Snowdonia. Thankfully our entire route was not along the A5. A good part of the journey was on Motorways, but for much of our journey through Wales we were glued to the A5 – good in parts, but very tiresome in other parts, especially if you get behind a lorry or two.
Our walking route took us up a straight easy-going track just east of a reservoir and then up to a col – Bwlch Eryl Farchog – just west of Pen yr Helgi-du. The path to the col became steeper once the reservoir was left behind. From there a broad ridge led us over Carnedd Llewelyn and then onto Carnedd Dafydd. It was a stunningly beautiful day, no wind and almost continuously blue sky.
The image was taken from Carnedd Dafydd looking south-west. The view is over the southern Carneddau, and then the Nantlle ridge and (I think) the furthest two peaks visible are called The Rivals some way down the Lleyn Peninsula – the long finger of North Wales that juts out into the Irish Sea.
From there we walked on to the final summit on the main ridge – Pen yr Ole Wen. In those days I wasn’t aware of the easier and less tiring way off the ridge. We took the steep and direct way straight down to Ogwen Cottage: my daughter was not impressed with my choice of descent route! It’s a tough route off the ridge, and then we still had a level walk back to the car. But, altogether it was a great day out – one of the best I’ve had in N Wales, and in delightful company.
I’ve shown you both the colour and the B&W version. The colour version is of course how one remembers days like this, but the B&W seems the timeless version – it could have been taken forty or fifty years ago, and would still look the same and somehow it speaks more eloquently to me.