I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Wednesday 30 September 2009

IVOR IDRIS (29/09/09)

image  Left at seven o'clock to walk the horseshoe, Mynydd Moel, Penygadair (Welsh for Cadair Idris), Craig Cau, as you can see from our route, (in red), failed again. Woke at five and could see the stars that's a good sign, it means that the cloud ceiling is not just high, it's non existent. How fast the weather changes in mountains, by eight thirty we were just about where our route meets the yellow nature reserve boundary and in thick mist. Not to be deterred we carried on to Mynydd Moel in driving rain or it may have been driving mist and what felt like half a gale. No fun at all and no chance of any pictures, so retraced our steps to get you some stunning reflections of the head wall of Cwm Cau reflected in the Llyn of the same name.

The walk starts in Dolidris Park and climbs up thousands and thousands and thousands of steps till you reach the tree line. An interesting fact is that Dolidris Park was donated, for our enjoyment and edification by a Mr Ivor Idris. Not only has he a mountain named after him but several thousands of cans of fizzy ginger beer, not everybody can say that of themselves. Think I would invent such a thing? No way!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                     There; confirmed in black and off white, unless of course Canolfan y Gader means this is a wind up. Like the bit about sheep grazing, that should do any rare plants a power of good. Still sheep are a pastime here, a pastime akin to football in Manchester and Liverpool.

Here are today's pictures, many have rain spots, both my lens cloths were soaked and beginning to do more harm than good.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          LLYN CAU......unfortunately no head wall, I sat around, had a smoke, had a coffee, shouted at the dog, waiting for a change and a change we got.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         LLYN CAU......A bit more head wall, half a gale and penetrating rain, time to call it a day.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt last decided it was time to remove the waterproofs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA           The start of the interminable steps.


A few of the steps and a view from them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Back to civilisation, an interesting walk and well worth repeating. Am moving on tomorrow, can't even get the radio here so will probably stop in Dolgellau, get a paper, get a forecast and decide where to go for the weekend.

That's all.


  1. How annoying the weather wouldn't play nice.
    Some great pictures despite that Adrian.

  2. Not so much annoying as unpleasant. Still beats work. Once in a blue moon it pays the sun breaks through and the world becomes magical, cheers Keith.

  3. Ah, memories. The days of our youth when all walks in the Lake District seemed to be remembered by whether we had been Greater Wetted Hikers or Lesser Wetted Hikers that day. Despite spending many holidays and days out in Wales I've only climbed Snowdon once though I've been on top of Moel Fammau more times than I can recall.