A full day in Llanberis: rack and pinion train ride up to Snowdon’s summit (tallest mountain in Wales and England); a tour, shopping and a delightful lunch; an awesome trek to the remains of a 13th century castle; loose sheep, visit to the local pub and wild horses.
As for the reasons for the title?
The name Snowdon is from the Old English for “snow hill”, while the Welsh name – Yr Wyddfa – means “the tumulus”, which may refer to the cairn thrown over the legendary giant Rhitta Gawr after his defeat by King Arthur. As well as other figures from Arthurian legend, the mountain is linked to a legendary afanc (water monster) and the Tylwyth Teg (fairies). (Wikipedia and the tour information)
Snowdon rack and pinion train.
Fog closes in.
On the way down coming out of the fog.
Some passengers went to the summit on the train and walked down.
Rock remains of an Iron Age settlement.
Lunch. Wonderful Moroccan chickpea soup and a pot of tea.
The women responsible for our wonderful lunch.
Dolbadarn Castle. 13th century. Built by Llwelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd and known for unifying the separate kingdoms of Wales against the English.
Can you tell I loved this castle? The keep dominates the remains that include low outlines of the walls and rooms.
A fairy home. 😉
Why did the sheep cross the road? Ewe never know.
Welsh first, then English. “Give way” does seem to be more explicit “yield.”
Walking to the pub for a half pint of bitters and a cider.
Walking to see the wild horses at the refuge center located behind our temporary home. (It’s all uphill.)
And there they are. Carneddau ponies – said to be descendants of the miners’ ponies. They live wild and have to fend for themselves.
Grazing with the sheep.
See, see! There are fairies! Can you see the lights left of center?
We stayed in the refuge area above the village to watch the sunset.
Narrow walk paths guide us back to our temporary home.
And good night.
Next: Market day in Bethesda and Conwy