The first morning on our trip to Snowdonia last weekend started with a lie in after our very late arrival the previous evening. After a fun yet frustrating struggle to fit all of the food and group kit in our bags, we all boarded the minibus to Sygun copper mine, where our walk started. At first we followed the river, before swiftly turning into a steep ascent. We shortly arrived at a house, where we split for the day, some walkers hiking by a river before turning up to a muddy boggy route to our campsite and the rest taking a more direct line, but with some steep ascents and tricky navigation. The two groups then converged at the lakes, ready for a wild camp in the Welsh wilderness.
After arriving at Liynna’r Cwn we initially put up most of the tents in a spot right near to one of three lakes in a small area, but because of strong winds, we moved to a more sheltered area (which also happened to have a much better view!). Once all the tents were up and ready we set up our stoves and cooked a lovely warm dinner in our groups. After eating, a few of us went to do some night navigation in the nearby area. It was a very clear night, the stars were brilliant! We then tucked up warm in our sleeping bags, ready to wake up to an amazing sunrise.
After a cold but bright start we quickly packed up and began our approach to Cnicht. We made good headway as the weather continued to be very fine. As we began our ascent the wind began to pick up. By the time we reached the first ridge the wind was gusting 60mph and walking in a straight line was near impossible. In light of this we circled back to the more sheltered face and unfortunately did not make the summit. After a speedy descent we stopped for a welcome lunch by one of the many streams. We walked through gentler wooded valleys until we reached the beautiful river Aberglaswyn. We followed the river to Beddgelert, our final destination. There we met the bus and rested our sore and deserving feet.
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