The Heights

“The Heights” is the anglicised name of Yr Arddu, a hill of modest height but tremendous character just east of Beddgelert, North Wales.

You approach along winding and undulating single-track roads. My first attempt was thwarted by a large flood across the road. Every stream was full and water was leaking out all over the hillside after much heavy rain. I went a few miles round and found another way. This part of Snowdonia is not heavily visited and I didn’t see another person all afternoon. It’s wild and rocky and very photogenic. There are great views of Moel Hebog, the Nantlle Ridge, the Snowdon range, and the Moelwyns above Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Of course, as usual, Snowdon summit was in cloud.


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