Snowdonia

I’ve just returned from a few days away staying in Anglesey in North Wales.  I was staying in a holiday cottage in a village with an unpronounceable name with my friend, photographer and fellow blogger Poppy and her BB, not to mention Lottie, a beautiful white German Shepherd.

I’d never visited this part of Wales before and it was a real pleasure.   We were very lucky with the weather and given the forecast was looking so good, we booked a trip to the top of Snowdon on the little train that runs from the station at Llanberis to the very top of the mountain.  Poppy stayed with Lottie while her BB and myself set off for the top.

Snowdon is the UK’s third highest peak at 1085m or 3560ft above sea level.  The mountain is quite unique of course in that the other two peaks that beat Snowdon in terms of height above sea level, Ben Nevis and Càrn Eige, require a great deal more effort to reach their respective summits.  These two peaks I should mention are in the Scottish Highlands of course.  As my hiking days are over sadly, being able to catch a train to the top is a very real bonus.

There are two services that run from Llanberis.  There’s the diesel service, the only one that had any tickets left, and the more romantic perhaps, steam service.  As the picture of the steam service below illustrates however, romanticism comes at a price and I was quite glad I was only able to get the diesel ticket.

Snowdonia Steam Train70mm f/11 1/640 sec. ISO-100

SpacerIn my experience, smoke aside, there’s an awful lot of soot in coal smoke.  Diesel although not great, is definitely the cleaner fuel.

Given the weather, I knew I wasn’t going to be taking fine art, moody, mountain landscape photographs on my way to the top.  I certainly wasn’t complaining however.  As the conductor pointed out, there have been very few clear days at the summit of Snowdon this year.  We were very lucky to be treated to the spectacular views in the photographs below..

Winding our way to the Summit

Snowdonia Train24mm f/8 1/400 sec. ISO-100

SpacerLooking North, taken from the train

Snowdonia I24mm f/8 1/500 sec. ISO-100

SpacerLooking north-west, you can see the coastline and the Irish Sea, Anglesey to the right

Snowdonia II24mm f/8 1/400 sec. ISO-100

SpacerLooking east, back down the line towards Llanberis

Snowdonia III24mm f/8 1/400 sec. ISO-100

SpacerLooking north-west again, taken from the train, to the right you can just see the rise in the land in the far distance.  This is the island of Anglesey

Snowdonia IV24mm f/8 1/400 sec. ISO-100

SpacerTaken from the summit looking south

Snowdonia V24mm f/8 1/400 sec. ISO-100

SpacerTaken from the summit once again, looking south-west.  The coastline is just visible to the right of the picture

Snowdonia VI24mm f/8 1/400 sec. ISO-100

SpacerAll pictures were taken with a Sony A7R and a Carl Zeiss 24-70mm lens.  Click on the images for a clearer, sharper view!

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65 responses

  1. Very nice; some of the photos remind me of the vistas from atop Pikes Peak.

    September 12, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    • Thank you Emilio! The views were fantastic.

      September 12, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  2. I can feel that sweet sense of being above it all from these photos – such a breadth of view, the distant trails and cloud shadows.

    September 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    • It was wonderful to be up there above it all Lynn. The only drawback with taking the train is you have a very limited time before the train departs again. I could have spent the entire afternoon up there. Sadly that’s a pleasure only afforded to those that can walk down..

      September 12, 2015 at 6:02 pm

  3. poppytump

    Toot Toot ChillB ! A jolly few days in an unpronouncable village in Angelsey how fortunate you both were that day with the weather conditions .
    Some fantastic views from up there … I’m really quite envious of the liberating experience you have with such an ace portable camera ;-)
    Did you capture those ruins from the track ? I hope so , would make that *ooops we didn’t see that sign did we let’s carry on worth it if so :-D
    I guess it’s about time I put together a few of my Summer clicks too ….

    September 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    • We were very lucky Poppy, the views really were quite awe inspiring. I just really wish we’d had more time. The mirrorless compact cameras like the Sony really do set you free to a certain extent but I wouldn’t be without my D800e and the tripod and the heavy lenses.. we’re not quite there yet in my opinion but definitely getting there. A little more work on the lenses available and that’ll be it I think, no more DSLRs. Ahh that ruin, a chapel I think don’t you? I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures Poppy! :-)x

      September 12, 2015 at 7:20 pm

  4. You are one very lucky bloke! What fantastic weather to go up Snowdon. I have never done it so I thank you for those delicious views and the feeling of peace. Awe inspiring photos. Makes me want to go there now.

    September 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    • The weather really was incredible. I thought of you Jude as I bypassed Ludlow on the A49 going to North Wales and on my way back to Cornwall. It’s not so very far for you to go.. I can heartily recommend it and given it’s such a very long way from Cornwall (took me about 7 and a half hours taking the scenic route) perhaps now is the time.. :-)

      September 12, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      • I have been around there but it was winter and the train wasn’t running otherwise we would have gone up. Needs a good weather day though to appreciate those views. A thought though for the next nice day.

        September 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      • I hope you make the trip Jude, it is well worth it on a nice day! :-)

        September 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

  5. Brilliant photos, in my opinion, Snowdon on a clear day like that is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in the whole of the UK

    September 12, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    • Thank you very much! It certainly is a very beautiful area! You’re very lucky to be studying at Bangor!

      September 12, 2015 at 11:05 pm

  6. Beautiful photoset – one of my favourite places :)

    September 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      September 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

  7. I know I’ve said this before, but if you’ll please indulge me, I’ll say it again: your work is always fantastic! Truly sublime! Cher xo

    September 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    • Thank you so much Cher! :-) xo

      September 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      • Thank YOU! Cher xo

        September 13, 2015 at 4:43 pm

  8. I love it up there. It has been a long time for me. I must rectify that soon….

    September 12, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    • It is very beautiful. I hope you do manage to make the trip soon..

      September 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm

  9. Lemonpath

    Beautiful photographs, I have have spent some time in this area as my Dad used to live in Anglesey.

    September 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    • Thank you Debz, it’s a lovely place!

      September 13, 2015 at 4:29 pm

  10. I laughed at your comment about the unpronounceable name. I have a friend in Twywn, and every year when I send her birthday and Christmas gifts, I get very strange looks at the post office. The landscape is marvelous, and what a train ride that would be.

    September 12, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    • It’s a fabulous train ride. Some of the place names really do require a very good knowledge of the Welsh language to make sense of them and to be able to pronounce them! :-)

      September 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm

  11. Beautiful scenery. Incidentally, I watched a video on youtube where the weather man pronounced “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch” without hesitation.

    September 13, 2015 at 6:52 am

    • That’s not an easy thing to do! :-)

      September 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

  12. How very cool to get all the way up there by train!

    September 13, 2015 at 11:45 am

    • It’s brilliant. A definite boon for the disabled and unfit alike! :-)

      September 13, 2015 at 4:32 pm

  13. Beautiful photos, Adrian! Absolutely stunning views.

    September 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    • Thank you Camilla. It really was stunning to be up there and to be able to see so far. A cold, crisp morning would be even better, there was a bit of heat haze reducing visibility. I’d certainly like to make the trip again. :-)

      September 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  14. Great shots Adrian…..Snowdon isn’t that far from us, but I’ve never been to the top myself.

    September 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    • Thank you Mark! It’s well worth the effort! :-)

      September 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

  15. Thank you for this. Went 1/2 way up Snowdon with my Grandmother years ago. We were walking! I remember it like it was yesterday – but it was 28 years ago – gosh! Lovely scenery. Wales is truly beautiful.

    September 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    • Glad I was able to bring back some memories for you! Wales in indeed beautiful! :-)

      September 13, 2015 at 6:20 pm

  16. What a lovely spot with some glorious views!

    September 13, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    • It is indeed Gunta, thank you! :-)

      September 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

  17. Great series of photos, makes me feel the scent of autumn in the air.

    September 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    • Thank you Randall. Autumn is definitely on its way..

      September 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

  18. Amazing pictures.

    September 13, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    • Thank you very much Lou! :-)

      September 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

  19. Beautiful!

    September 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    • Thank you Robert!

      September 16, 2015 at 7:19 am

  20. I’ve actually lived on the North Wales coast for thirty years but still haven’t been to the top of Snowdon! Probably have visited west Cornwall more often! Lucky you with the weather, and lovely photos!

    September 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    • Thank you Vicky, it’s definitely worth the trip on a nice clear day! :-)

      September 16, 2015 at 7:19 am

  21. What amazing views from the summit and revelled in the detail in your photos! I was in Wales this past summer and for such a small country it has stunning countryside. Thanks.

    September 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    • Thank you Carol!

      September 16, 2015 at 7:20 am

  22. Wonderful views Chillbrook, you can feel the clarity of that cool crisp air!

    September 14, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    • Thank you very much Anna, much appreciated! :-)

      September 16, 2015 at 7:20 am

  23. Astonishingly beautiful.I think this place was made for photographing. Thanks!

    September 16, 2015 at 7:51 am

    • It certainly is Isabel, thank you!

      September 16, 2015 at 8:53 am

  24. Snowdonia is my favourite mountain area in the UK and I feel homesick seeing these images. What a beautiful day you had. There is something very special about standing on Snowdon in good weather and seeing the sea in the distance – and in more than one direction if you are lucky. I’ve never been on the train but I’ve stood on the summit more times than I can remember including under a dusting of snow having delicately completed the crossing from Crib Goch.

    September 16, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    • Thank you Andy. I can understand why you love Snowdonia so much. What I wouldn’t have given to be able to walk up that day!

      September 17, 2015 at 9:03 pm

  25. What a spectacular landscape – and it must have been an amazing train ride. As always your photos are outstanding, Adrian.

    September 17, 2015 at 11:50 am

    • Thank you so much Otto. It really was an amazing trip and the views from the top quite spectacular!

      September 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm

  26. Absolutely stunning shots, Adrian. How fortunate you were with the weather! I think I would also rather get a photo of the romantic steam train than to actually be on it. :)

    September 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    • Thank you so much Sylvia. We really were incredibly lucky with the weather. I think any of the ladies in white trousers or jackets would have probably regretted their choice if they’d opted for the romantic alternative to diesel! :-)

      September 17, 2015 at 9:05 pm

  27. Love picture very much Very beautiful

    September 18, 2015 at 3:26 am

    • Thank you Techin!

      September 18, 2015 at 8:16 am

  28. just spectacular :)

    September 18, 2015 at 7:25 am

    • Thank you Joshi!

      September 18, 2015 at 8:16 am

  29. Love your captures of the beautiful scenery going up to the top of Snowdon, Adrian. I’m so glad you had the weather on your side on this day, it makes all the difference. Were you a keen hiker before?
    Warm greetings from the King’s Lake,
    Dina x

    September 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    • Thank you so much. I did like to walk before Dina, up in the hills, along the cliff paths. It was a spactacular day to visit Snowdon and i was very glad of the train ride! :-) x

      September 20, 2015 at 6:57 am

  30. Great photo essay Adrian. It brought a longing to see the view in person.

    September 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    • Thank you John!

      September 24, 2015 at 8:35 am

  31. Beautiful!

    October 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    • Snowdonia is a magnificent place to visit Elena. While I’m blown away by the landscapes in Iceland, I’m very lucky to have some pretty amazing scenery here at home too! :-)

      October 22, 2015 at 11:52 am