The Forest of Dean.

Away Days



Away Days - Out of the Forest.

Snowdon - via Rhyd Ddu.

We arrived at the car park of the Welsh Highland Railway just outside the village of Rhyd Ddu. There was a steam train event on that particular day - so we were lucky to see some trains.

A magnificent veteran car that is of a period with the train swept in and parked in one sweeping flourish.

On our way at last - this is the just after the start of the Rhyd Ddu path and the going, for the time being, is "downhill."

We come out of the dip and start to climb and are immediately rewarded with our first breath-taking view of our objective.

An isolated cairn of small stones marks the track and, ahead, a larger boulder stands sentinel on the sky-lined ridge whilst my companion looks down into the valley below as he waits for me to catch up.

We've successfully 'done the foothills' and are now looking across at the ridge that curves up and into Snowdon proper.

Standing on the track that runs along the ridge. Down below, a long way down, is the valley bottom with steep sided cliffs of rugged rocks. In the background is the rest of the ridge along which we have to traverse.

This wall made a most welcome shelter from the somewhat stiff breeze for our coffee break before proceeding along the ridgeway itself.

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