The Roaches

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The Roaches is an area of gritstone crags just north of Leek in Staffordshire. It’s a famous rock climbing area with many classic climbs. It’s also got some highly photogenic shapes and a wonderful outlook to the south and west. Continue reading

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Snowdon by the back way

Mynydd Mawr above Rhyd Ddu
Mynydd Mawr rears above the hamlet of Rhyd Ddu with a steam train just about to arrive in the station on picture left.

This route is a less popular way to top out on Snowdon, with some nice airy ridge walking near the top and plenty of squelchy bog trotting towards the end. Views are, as usual on Snowdon, either tremendous when clear or non-existent when the clouds come down. Continue reading

Autumn arrives in Wales – the Aberglaslyn Gorge

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While I was on holiday in Crete for two weeks, in 30+ degree sunshine, autumn arrived in Snowdonia. It seems early this year but I probably think that every year. There’s certainly plenty of colour to be had. The day was slightly overcast, good for going to water and woods. I went to the Aberglaslyn Gorge, next to Beddgelert. A spectacular sight any time of year but a prime spot for autumn with a great mix of trees and rushing river.

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Snowdon under a blanket

Working at the computer for any length of time is currently giving me muscular problems, hence why I haven’t been posting much. Here’s a shot from yesterday that I like. I did a round of Snowdon, up the Rhyd Ddu path and down the Snowdon Ranger path. As usual, Snowdon itself was under a thick blanket of cloud. This isn’t just bad luck, as Snowdon usually makes its own clouds even if everywhere else is clear.

Anyway, this is a shot looking north-west from the ridge of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu towards Moel Cynghorion and Y Garn. This also marks the return of my lovely little Olympus OMD-EM10, for which I’ve finally managed to save up and buy a replacement lens. I’m now convinced that the picture quality from the Olympus is better than from my Pentax so I’m really happy to have it back.