This is a quiet area of Snowdonia except for this hillside. The Rhyd Ddu path up to Snowdon – highest part of England and Wales – is the quickest and easiest route. It’s not as busy as the Pyg Track, Miners Track or Crib Goch which give you best views, but it’s busy enough.

Not many people walk the area in the distance where you see the Nanttle Ridge, and further to the left where you find Moel Hebog, Hill of the Hawk. I like it here very much. If you want a break from the hills on a gloomy day the road at the bottom of the hill takes you to Caernarfon and it’s fine castle. There’s a pub where you start this walk which looks up this hillside to Snowdon. I’ve stopped there a few times for food and drink and it’s a pleasant trip from nearby Beddgelert for a relaxing lunch.

Snowdon is an odd place for walkers. Some of the views are as fine as any in Britain, as you see here, and also down to Nant Gwynant and over to Cadair Idris. Once you reach the summit you find the horrendous cafe, train terminal, hordes of people. Commerce, money exploitation, crowds, all the things you want to escape.

 

Snowdonia Beauty: Rhyd Ddu to Nanttle Ridge

Tuesday July 5, 2016