Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Day 107: Ty-Hyll to Pont Rhyd-y-Dyfrgi

Distance covered today: 19491 steps - 8.01 miles
Distance traveled so far: 527.49 miles
Route coordinates: 53.100678,-3.860631|53.047630,-3.723897
Walking date: 19th September


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Coming out of the Hills

Crossing the Afon Llugwy at the start of today's fairly long walk.

Crossing the Afon Llugwy
 

Another example of the very distinctive architecture in this part of Wales - the Swallow Falls Hotel complex near Betws-Y-Coed. Perhaps I should have stayed here last night?

Swallow falls hotel
 

Betws-Y-Coed

Entering Betws-y-Coed - literally "Prayer house in the Wood". Looks like a good outdoors store here to buy a new pair of boots.

Betws-y-Coed
 

Flat(ter) Country

Descending now into the much flatter farmland which will be my companion, as far as I can tell, from here until the Peak District.

Descending into flatter farmland
 

River Conwy

Crossing (I think) the River Conwy close to the end of the walk today.

Crossing the Conwy
 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Day 106: Tal-y-Braich to Ty-Hyll

Distance covered today: 10032 steps - 4.39 miles
Distance traveled so far: 519.48 miles
Route coordinates: 53.119932,-3.942076|53.100678,-3.860631
Walking date: 16th September


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Following the Afon Llugwy

Today's route is another short bimble in the A5 following in the Afon Llugwy valley. Starting the day with some stormy looking skies.

Starting the day with some stormy looking skies.
 

A bit of colour brightening up the edge of the road here.

A bit of colour brightening up the edge of the road here
 

Capel Curig

An old looking store and cafe at the side of the road as I approach the village of Capel Curig.

An old looking store and cafe
 

House on the Hill

This attractive looking dwelling perching on the hillside above the A5 just out of Capel Curig.

House on the Hill
 

Entering a mysterious wooded section at the end of today's short route.

Entering a mysterious wooded section at the end of today's short route
 

Day 105: Pengarreg to Tal-y-Braich

Distance covered today: 13169 steps - 5.83 miles
Distance traveled so far: 515.09 miles
Route coordinates: 53.155309, -4.043263|53.119932, -3.942076
Walking date: 9th September


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Llyn Ogwen

Today's route follows the A5 as it dog-legs around Llyn Ogwen, starting off with a nice, tranquil trek following this river valley.

Tranquil river valley
 

At this point the gap that has been cut through this offshoot of the mountain is pretty obvious.

Cutting through the leg of the mountain
 

Like Scotland

This approach to the lake is very much like a preview of the walking in Scotland, with the steep sided hills every side. Unlike Scotland, this glacial lake is more like a plateau, being only 3 metres deep at its deepest.

Like Scotland
 

The end of today's route leaves me amongst farmland, following next to the Afon Llugwy

farmland, following next to the Afon Llygwy
 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Day 104: Deiniolen to Pengarreg

Distance covered today: 13601 steps - 5.59 miles
Distance traveled so far: 509.26 miles
Route coordinates: 53.152429,-4.116711|53.155309, -4.043263
Walking date: 8th September


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Towards the Midlands

Today's route shows me turning back east, where I will make my way out of Snowdonia and over towards the Peak District, for my next bit of "wilderness"

Heading east into interesting skies
 

Quarrysome

I'm guessing this is a huge heap of rubble from the disused quarry to the south.

Huge pile of rubble
 

Crossing the burbling stream.

Crossing the burbling stream
 

Back on the main road

Temporary trek on the main road before I head towards the farmlands east of Snowdonia.

Back on the main road
 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Day 103: Llanberis to Deiniolen

Distance covered today: 12357 steps - 5.08 miles
Distance traveled so far: 503.67 miles
Route coordinates: 53.116519,-4.119255|53.152429,-4.116711
Walking date: 7th September


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

But I would walk 500 miles...

Today I achieve the "half Proclaimers" - I have walked 500 miles since the start of this adventure. 500 miles more should put me a good way into the Highlands, where I can declare "full Proclaimers" in their native country :)

Starting today walking alongside the other dammed lake (excuse my language!), Llyn Padarn.

Interesting looking crafts shop
 
Following the banks of Llyn Padard
 

Heading East again

After rounding the corner of the lake, I now kick off back to the east, heading back into the northeast corder of Snowdonia before making my way towards the middle of the Peak District.

Pathway to the East
 

Hills of Snowdonia in view again as I finish the walk for today.

Hills of Snowdonia
 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Day 102: Gorphwysfa to Llanberis

Distance covered today: 10935 steps - 4.88 miles
Distance traveled so far: 498.59 miles
Route coordinates: 53.082035,-4.029243|53.116519,-4.119255
Walking date: 2nd September


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Afon Nant Peris

Today's route skirts the almost dead straight Afon Nant Peris all the way to Llyn Peris

Following Afon Nant Peris
 

Residential properties in a few spots along this route, must make for some spectacular views from the window!

A home with a view
 

Llyn Peris

Mirror like view over Llyn Peris here - a lake of glacial origins which is now a reservoir for the local hydro-electric scheme.

Mirror-like Llyn Peris
 

A view across Llyn Peris

A view across Llyn Peris
 

Today's route leaves me on the outskirts of Llanberis

Outskirts of Llanberis
 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Day 101: Llyn Gwynant to Gorphwysfa

Distance covered today: 10532 steps - 4.48 miles
Distance traveled so far: 493.71 miles
Route coordinates: 53.046071,-4.020089|53.082035, -4.029243
Walking date: 19th August


I'm traveling from Land's End to John O' Groats by means of Google Street View and Fitbit. In other words I have actually walked every mile I log, just in a more mundane location. This blog records the route I might have taken, if I had the luxury of taking a few months off work!

Today's route
 

Snowdon

The route today takes me around the south east corner of Snowdon and Llyn Gwynant

Llyn Gwynant
 

Plenty of other hills in this area too. Good job I'm wearing some sturdy hiking boots.

Hilly terrain
 

Rolling countryside with Snowdon peeking out in the far distance again.

Snowdon in the distance
 
Snowdon again
 

Heading North again

At this point I am heading north, skirting the hills on the east side of Snowdon itself/

Heading north
 

Looks like this is an observation point or access for walking heading all the way up Snowdon. Sadly I have to continue my journey in the confines of google street view (which doesn't yet include climbing the mountain itself).

Passing Snowdon