Experience Snowdon from home before you get here!
Published: Saturday 12th Dec 2015
Written by: Ginnie James
A lot of people travel to North Wales with the intention of conquering the highest peak in England and Wales – Mount Snowdon. At over 1,000 meters high it’s certainly a bit of a trek up to the summit but with a choice of well-worn paths it is certainly not insurmountable.
But now, hoorah!, you can experience 360 degree panoramic views around the very top of the mountain from the comfort of home thanks to Google Street View. Volunteers, equipped with a modified backpack which held the camera steady above their heads, walked some of the different routes up Snowdon as well as around other popular spots within the Snowdonia National Park and beyond including the Mawddach Trail and Cader Idris.
It’s no excuse though not to experience the mountain for yourself if you can and we have some great cottages where it couldn’t be easier to get going on up to the peak.
The Old Snowdon Range Station is a cosy cottage for two set right at the start of the Snowdon Range Path up Snowdon, probably the oldest path still in use today. The cottage, as the name suggests, was a former station on the Welsh Highland Railway and is still a request stop for the passing steam trains.
Jentrea Cottage is located within walking distance of the Llanberis Path, which is regarded as the easiest and so most popular route up the mountain. This spacious property for 6 is perfect for those wanting to make the most of all the outdoor activities the park has to offer but for those who prefer a more relaxing holiday there are plenty of attractions requiring much less concerted effort nearby!
Always remember that when climbing a mountain to wear appropriate clothing and think about what you may need – flip flops won’t cut it and the weather can change very quickly from the bottom of the mountain to the heights of the top. The Snowdonia street view is a great way to plan your expedition so you will know exactly what to expect.
If the walk isn’t for you there is always the train! The Snowdon Mountain Railway, weather permitting, can take you all the way to the summit and drops you off by the visitors centre. Here you can get a lovely cup of tea, or even a full meal if you fancy, and enjoy the stunning view from a comfy seat.
We’ve been talking about having a Wales Cottage Holidays trip up Snowdon. Debate is still ongoing on the manner of our ascent but maybe we will see you up there!