HILL, DALES AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

1st January 2010: The new decade dawns and a Beddgelert Circular via Mynydd Sygyn walk

Start/Finish: Beddgelert

Highest point: Mynydd Sygyn 300m

Distance: circa 7kms

Weather: Sunny then snowfall

Vertical altitude gain: circa 320m

Time: 4hrs 10mins


THE NEW DECADE DAWNS

Photo of Glyders at dawn on January 1st 2010
I had a lovely New Years Eve at the Beddgelert Bistro where I stay. And not having had any alcohol I was able to rise early on Jan 1st and drive out to make a simple photo record of a local snowy Snowdonia. Then, after a rest, enjoy my first walk of 2010.
Above: pre dawn as I stop to view the Glyders on the drive up towards Pen-y-Gwryd.

Photo of Crib Goch at dawn on January 1st 2010
There was only one place I wanted to be to see in the dawn. The NE end of Llynnau Mymbyr near Capel Curig.
With Crib Goch looking superb as the sun rose.

Photo of Y Lliwedd at dawn on January 1st 2010
Y Lliwedd from Llynnau Mymbyr

Photo of Snowdon Horseshoe at dawn on January 1st 2010
The wider view of the whole Snowdon Horseshoe from Llynnau Mymbyr.

Photo of Crib Goch at dawn on January 1st 2010
Closer to Pen-y-Gwryd and Crib Goch at the dawn of the new decade.

Photo of Moel Hebog shortly after dawn on January 1st 2010
A short drive down the pass towards Beddgelert and the waters of Llyn Gwynant
were lovely and still, with Moel Hebog behind.

Photo of Moel Hebog reflecting in Llyn Gwynant not long after dawn on Jan 1st 2010
Llyn Gwynant was a good place to reflect on the beauty of the Snowdonian mountains at the start of the new decade.

Photo of mountains reflecting in Llyn Gwynant not long after dawn on Jan 1st 2020

Photo of Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from near Prenteg
A final burst of photography as dawn became day. Here near Prenteg looking at Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach.

Photo of Cnicht from near Prenteg
And also a view of Cnicht, "The Welsh Matterhorn".

Photo of Moelwyn Mawr from near Prenteg
Moelwyn Mawr.

Photo of Moelwyn Bach from near Prenteg.
Moelwyn Bach.

Photo of Moel Hebog behind Beddgelert
Back at Beddgelert Moel Hebog looked lovely under fresh snow as I headed into the Bistro. There I took a much
needed rest break: I hadn't taken alcohol on New Years Eve, but had stayed up until the early hours!

BEDDGELERT CIRCULAR WALK VIA MYNYDD SYGUN

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I left Beddegelert early in the afternoon sunshine for my first walk of the new decade. Not that the sunshine was
going to last! As I climbed I looked back up the valley and saw threatening snow clouds behind the Nantlle Ridge.

Photo of distant view of Welsh Highland Railway train heading away from Beddgelert
As I climbed the steep, icy and sometimes scrambly track a Welsh Highland Railway train headed along the valley floor.

Photo of distant view of Welsh Highland Railway train heading away from Beddgelert

Photo of icy scramble on climb from Beddgelert to Mynydd Sygyn
I turned from the train to concentrate on getting up an iced up scrambly section.

Photo of track along Moelwyns near to Beddgelert
Then I was on the top and heading along one of my favourite routes in the area.

Photo of track down to Sygun Copper Mine
Darkness was near so it was time to descend using the track that passes the Sygun Copper Mine Museum.

Photo of Beddgelert from the river after dusk on January 1st 2010
Night was falling as I approached Beddgelert along the riverside path.

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Back in my room I looked out over the bridge where we had seen the New Year in, and saw that the valley floor had finally surrendered itís status as a snow free zone. Gentle snow was falling as winter increased itís grip on the first day of the new decade in an area that I have come to love so much.