Hiking Mount Snowdon
Written by Akhil, Khiran, Zayn and Ekonkar, Year 13
The trip to Wales was planned to perfection, from the timings of the coaches and local buses to the prices of tickets and food. We finally arrived at the hotel after an uncomfortable 3-hour coach Journey to Birmingham then a 5-hour coach journey to Bangor, Wales. When we had planned to stay in a hotel, we thought there would be a chance that it would take away the challenge but this was most definitely not the case.
The first hike we had completed was the fisherman’s path. The fisherman’s path was approximately 6 miles long and was expected to be the easiest of the hikes. The average time taken to complete this hike is 4-6 hours but we managed to complete it in just under 3 hours. We left the hotel at around 8:30am because we had never hiked before, so we wanted to have enough time to recover after the hike was completed. The fantastic weather and beautiful views made this an enjoyable experience. This circular walk starts in the picturesque village of Beddgelert and follows the River Glaslyn, climbs up through Cwm Bychan before descending to Llyn Dinas and returning back along the Glaslyn to Beddgelert. Akhil had taught us how to skim stones and we were able to take amazing photos of the scenery. One significant part of the hike was ‘Gelert’s grave’, which tells the story of how a prince kills his hound as he thought the hound had killed his child because the hound was covered in blood and the baby was not in its cradle, but later on the prince had found a dead wolf near his house and the cries of his child which meant that the hound had killed the wolf and saved the child. This was a great path to start on as it was more relaxing than draining.
The second hike we completed was the Llanberis path and is the hardest of the three hikes. The Llanberis path was approximately 9 miles long. The average time taken to complete this hike is 5-7 hours but we managed to complete it in just under 5 hours. We left the hotel at 9:30 am because we knew the hike would be long so we wanted to complete it before it got dark. It took our group about 3 hours to ascend up to the peak of the mountain and under 2 hours to return back to the bottom of the mountain. The views that we had witnessed were unexplainable and we never thought we would ever be able to experience something like this at such a young age. As we hiked higher and higher up the mountain it got colder and windier. The high altitudes and strong winds made it very hard to breathe but the training we had completed before this trip made it easier to hike this mountain without getting as tired as we expected to get. We all came to the decision that the hardest part of hiking the mountain was the amount of snow on the paths, making it very slippery and dangerous when climbing to the top. Although it was good throwing snowballs at each other as it was something we hadn’t done in years because the weather in London hasn’t been the greatest for snow.
The third and final hike was the miner’s path. The miner’s path was approximately 7 miles long and on average was supposed to take about 5-7 hours. As a group we completed this hike in about 5 and a half hours. After doing the two hikes before we expected to do this last hike in a much longer time compared to the other hikes because we were very fatigued considering we did not have a rest day in between hikes. The top of the mountain was the same as the Llanberis path so we were not surprised with what we saw. Although as we hiked towards the top of the mountain, we could see the ruins of old copper mines and a large lake that was amazing to see because we wouldn’t see anything like this in London.
As young adults from London, we never even dreamed of doing something that was way out of our comfort zone like hiking a mountain. We are very thankful that we were lucky enough to be chosen for this opportunity. We are very grateful that the Mark Evison foundation made this possible and believed that we were capable enough to prepare, plan and execute this challenge to the highest standard.