With only 3 hour car journey to the North West side of Snowdonia, North Wales is the perfect place for a chilled weekend, that can be filled with climbing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking and sightseeing the amazing coast .
I am very fortunate to belong in a climbers club that owns a cosy little hut just outside of Llanberis lake, with an easy access to many beautiful natural sites such as Snowdon and local Slate quarry perfect for hiking. Here you can check out another blog post on this area from my previous trip where I’ve climbing Dinas Mot.
We have started the weekend with an attempt on scrambling to the top of Tryfan, which I have not done before. I have been told by fellow climbers that Trifan is one of UKs most exciting rock faces that truly feels like a fun mountaineering experience heading up to the summit. With a few routs up, the easiest scramble starts at a grade 1 (check out this link for grades explanation), but the true excitement lays at the North face. Either way which ever route you choose, make sure to ware some good walking boots and travel light.
Unfortunately it was not my day to reach the summit. With the rain and the wind coming in heavily, me, my big sites and little brother have ended up walking around in the area for a little bit, enjoying the sites and than we headed out to Cearnarfon to check out the castle and the town.
The next day, weather man forecasted sunny spells at Holyhead on the far North side of Anglesey. This only meant a perfect day for walking and some cheeky climbing of course. Since I was there with some fellow climbers and my none-climbing family, we have scrambled a little to get to the Holyhead Mountain (UKC Logbook here), and I managed to fit in one climb called Black and Tan VS 4c while my sister and brother went off to explore the coast. I have also attempted to solo some easy rock face on one side but backed up before making a silly move that would probably end up in me being airlifted to the hospital 😀 We need to me sensible about this stuff.
As you can see from pictures Holyhead is naturally very beautiful. The rock is also amazing for climbing as it is predominantly quartzite, which really makes your shoes stick well, with lovely edges for the fingers. This is definitely a place to go if you want to get some good coastal views while climbing.
I would definitely recommend spending a while day there if you are not too far from Anglesey and the weather is nice and sunny.