Camp: Watkins Path > Sunset on Snowdon

Ray Talbot @raytalbot

Llyn Dinas - Caernarfon

Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM - 9:00 AM

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Distance: ~10km, circular route Ascent: 1,000m+ Crux: Uphill walking Equipment: Personal hiking equipment and camping equipment Ability: No experience required; able to walk The Watkins Path (or more accuratly, the Clogwyn Du/Southern Ridge alternate route) is the prettiest route up Snowdon and far quieter than the Miners Track, ending on a ridge-path with incredible views whilst feeling secure even for the most vertigo afflicted. We’ll begin at 16:00 and head to the base of the mountain to set up camp in a secluded location, which is the alleged site of the battle where King Arthur died. We will then summit Snowdon, arriving a bit early for sunset (which is at 21:48) where we may remain for an hour (so bring many warm layers!) and almost certainly have the most popular peak to ourselves. We’ll then descend back down to camp in the dark and fall asleep next to a babbling brook feeling satisfied. If some want to practice night navigation with a Mountain Leader, this can be facilitated. In the morning we’ll descend back to the converted chapel that is Caffi Gwnant for the best cooked breakfast in Snowdonia. Please check here the day before in case of updates. ------------ Is there public transport from Bangor? You can take the 5C bus from Morrisons and transfer to Stand B at Caernarfon (stop: ID Gwnanda), to Gwastadnant (stop ID: Gwnpmjp). What is “personal hiking equipment”? This varies from person to person and you should check the weather forecast when deciding. You’ll need shoes suitable for walking the terrain (ideally hiking boots) and appropriate clothing (no jeans!). Always bring a waterproof jacket (a cheap rain mac may suffice) and consider a hat and additional layers. Sun cream is required surprisingly often, potentially even on cloudy summer days. Bring food and at least 1 litre of water (even 2 litres will go on a long hot day!). What is “camping equipment”? In addition to personal hiking equipment, this will include a tent or bivvy bag. A roll mat or thermarest will improve insulation, and a sleeping bag is a must (2 season is typically most comfortable for Welsh summer). Additional water and food is required, which may include cooking on a stove if desired. Toiletries for overnight and as we always “leave no trace”, a plastic bag for rubbish and used products is essential. Consider a head torch rather than your phone for light.