SNOWDONIA AND THE QUARRIES IN WINTER

The mountains, valleys and coastline of North Wales have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve yet to climb them all of the 2000 ft tops but a current project will see them completed within the next few years. Snowdonia is a relatively compact area but it has many distinct mountain groups, each with their own unique character. The Carneddau forms the largest highland area, mostly of huge rounded tops and connecting ridges, I think of them as Wales’s Cairngorm range. Immediately South across the Ogwyn Valley the Glyderau rise dramatically with many steep ridges hugging high lakes such as Llyn Clyd and Llyn Bochlwyd.

 

 

 

Tryfan. March evening.

Tryfan. March evening.

 

 

 

 

A traverse of the range would take in eleven mountains over a twelve mile hike and take you across some of the most spectacular boulder fields in Wales which provide stunning context for wider views to Snowdon itself or back across the bristling summit of Tryfan towards Capel Curig. Next comes the Snowdon range itself which is of course heavily walked being the highest mountain in England and Wales. Despite it’s popularity it takes no effort to get away from the crowds and to find superb subject matter to photograph.

Moel Siabod

Moel Siabod

The whole area is rich with the evidence of human activity going back many centuries. From industrious hill farmers building walls across and over some of the most treacherous looking terrain to the jaw dropping scale of terraced quarries rising up to two thousand feet above the valley floor. The lush green pastures running through all the valleys are punctuated by old stone barns and characterful cottages. Fast flowing rivers make their way down the steep slopes to beautiful lakes which are often flanked by forests of Oak, Beech, Birch and Rowan giving way to hardy Hawthorn and Blackthorn on the higher slopes which should be in flower during our visit.

 

 

 

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I have a deep love of walking which began in North Wales at a very young age. This combined with my photography has enabled me to search out some tremendous locations and viewpoints in the area. This is not however a mountain photography workshop and therefore our locations for the week will only require short walks with not too much ascent on well made paths suitable for all photographers. I would recommend stout footwear and layered, waterproof clothing to enable you to make images in comfort. With our climate becoming more unpredictable we could experience Winter conditions or an early heatwave!

 

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Based in Capel Curig we will be perfectly placed to explore the Ogwen Valley, the Gwynant Valley and the Llanberis Pass as well as slightly more distant hills including those at the Eastern end of the Nantlle Ridge and the less known quarry workings between Beddgelert and Blaenau Ffestiniog. We have superb woodland scenery right on our doorstep too should the weather turn against us. We will also take the opportunity to visit some of my favourite viewpoints within the amazing slate quarries in the area.

 

This tour will run from Sunday the 24th of February to Friday the 1st of March 2019 with a maximum group size of six.

One place available.

 

 


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