HILL, DALES AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

26th October 2008: Beddgelert Circular.    Web page by Bryan Benn

Start/Finish: Bedgelert

Highest point: circa 300m on Grib Ddu

Distance: circa 11 kms

Weather: Fine following very heavy rain

Vertical altitude gain: circa 670 m

Time: 5 hrs

Beddgelert Bridge Friday and Saturday I had helped at the Snowdonian Marathon. An event run in what became hours of torrential rain. Whose legacy was apparent at Beddgelert the next morning, and was to stay apparent throughout the walk I was about to start with my walking companion: local expert, "Snowdon Lady", who had handled the job of Safety Officer for the marathon with great skill.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Beddgelert River

Another view of one of the two rivers in flood through Beddgelert that morning. A river passed as I headed along the road towards the National Trust center at Craflwyn, where I was to meet my companion.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 continued Sunrise over river near Beddgelert.

The sun was bursting over the surrounding mountains as I continued along towards the National Trust buildings on a bright morning.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Blocked gate near Craflwyn

Joining my companion we first walked up to the Giants Chair, and then descended before picking up another path. Where the tremendous force of water the previous day had forced large rocks against this gate!

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Footpath or stream near to Craflwyn, Beddgelert Footpath or stream near to Craflwyn, Beddgelert

Now lets see. Ah yes. Footpath on the left, stream on the right! Lots of water still running off the mountains.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Waterfall near Craflwyn Beddgelert Waterfall near Craflwyn Beddgelert

The real force of the water was appropriate at these lovely falls, not far above Craflwyn.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Waterfall near Craflwyn Beddgelert

The fall of the water was, not surprisingly, accompanied by by a loud roar as the water streaming of from Snowdon made it's way into the valley river.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Stone bridge over river near to waterfalls at Craflwyn Beddgelert

Just below the waterfall was an unusually built stone bridge. With a lot of water rushing underneath it!

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 continued Craflwyn

We left that wonderful waterfall and headed back down to the bottom of the valley. Passing the imposing National Trust Craflwyn building on the way.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Moel Hebog

The view looking back towards Beddgelert was dominated by Moel Hebog. A mountain we were to climb the day after the present walk.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Wood and stone dragon at Craflwyn

And looking away from Beddgelert and much closer than Moel Hebog was a dragon made by a local sculptor out of stone and wood!

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Flooded path near Beddgelert View towards Yr Aran from Beddgelert Road

We had intended to walk alongside the river. But not from here as the path was well under water. So we strolled alongside the road for a while, with lovely views over dry stone walls towards Yr Aran.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Lake Llyn Dinas

We walked NE on the path until reaching the SW end of the lake at Llyn Dinas. The vast amount of rain of the last days and weeks having flooded the surrounding land.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Flooding near to Llyn Dinas

This bit isn't normally a fast flowing stream!

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Path up to Grib Ddu Path up to Grib Ddu

Path on the left, waterfall on the right? No. Both were sections of the track up to Grib Ddu! Just lots and lots of rain water still flowing off the hills, taking any route it could follow.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Rainbow over Llyn Dinas

Even though the day was much better than those that had just passed, there was still rain around. Giving a lovely rainbow over Llyn Dinas as we gained height.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Track and stream near Grib Ddu

As we gained height towards Grib Ddu the track and stream became separate entities!

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Track along to Grib Ddu

This wasn't high mountain territory. Just lovely Snowdonian hill walking amongst hills little over 300m high as we headed along Grib Ddu.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Looking NE from Grib Ddu

It was well worth looking back from time to time to see the view behind us to the NE.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Shoulder near to Bwlchy Sygyn

We headed over a shoulder near to Bwlchy Sygyn, and picked up the view SW down towards Parthmadog as the sun started to break through.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Crossing stream on descent to Aberglaslyn Pass

Our track now headed downhill to the Aberglaslyn Pass. Still with more water to cross!

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Stream near to Aberglaslyn Pass Stream near to Aberglaslyn Pass

And more fast flowing water next to us as we carried on walking downhill.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Path into Aberglaslyn Pass

One highlight of the day was the walk through Aberglaslyn Pass. Where the roar of the water rushing down from Snowdon and other mountains gave an idea of what we would see before we got onto the path through the gorge.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Aberglaslyn Pass

Initially the path was above the raging torrent of water racing through the pass.

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 Aberglaslyn Pass

But at one point the water was above the path, meaning waterproof footware was needed to stay dry!

Beddgelert Circular, 26th Oct 2008 River in Beddgelert

Back into Beddgelert, and a last look at the swollen river. A great walk that showed you don't have to go high in Snowdonia to get decent walking!