With most of the garden redesign complete (a task I had promised to do some 6 months back), I was able to sneak a day out on the hill with a friend and outdoor activity instructor Martin Digby. Our destination for the day was to be the Carneddau Mountain range in North Wales, which neither of us had visited for some time.
We parked on the A5 just north of Llyn Ogwen and made our way up to Fynnon Lloer where I just about manged to avoid getting a wet foot when crossing the stream (an event Martin found hilarious). On the walk up, we were treated to some great views of Tryfan and Y Garn before a short section of scrambling brought us out on the summit ridge to Pen Yr Ole Wen (978m). Unfortunately, at this point the weather closed so we made use of the large hallowed out cairn midway between Pen Yr Ole Wen and Carnedd Dafydd to have a quick lunch stop.
After lunch in deteriorating weather we made our way to the summit of Carnedd Dafydd (1044m) and contemplated our options. After a quick chat we headed east off Carnedd Dafydd but instead of continuing to Carnedd we made our way down the steep grassy slopes to Ffynnon Lloer. We stopped here for a quick tea break as we were now below the clouds and out of the wind before making our way back to the car on the A5.
Despite being a little short we both agreed that it was a good day out and made tentative plans for our next trip but with both Martin and I being away in Scotland this was unlikely to be until early March.