Hit the Hills at Snowdon 14th October 2011

snowdon mountain bikingSat on your bike at the top of Snowdon with the sun beating down and clear blue skies makes you realise that mountain biking in the UK can sometimes blow you mind.

 

Hit the Hills second weekend took place on the 14th October 2011. The bunkhouse was somewhat isolated; about a 500m walk from the car park but 50 glow sticks helped illuminate the way and dinner was waiting for the guests. They made short work of the Chicken and Bean Country Soup; then destroyed the Chocolate Tart having seconds as well! Few beers then it was off to bed hoping to wake up to clear skies the following day.

 

snowdon

 

BOOM! After weeks of rain, we had possibly the best day of the year to summit Snowdon; this was going to be a spectacular day!

 

 

 

 

 

A hearty breakfast and a quick check of the bikes everybody picked up their packed lunches and it was time to ride.  We headed up the Llanberis Path pretty much riding all the way to Halfway House, overtaking many walkers and regrouping as various points.

 

After that, we carried on riding until the trail got too steep and did a bit of Hike-a-Bike through the second tunnel and then a bit more. Back on the bikes, we continued to ride until we hit the very last bit where the bottleneck coupled with the 1000 tourists made riding impossible.

 

mountain biking the rangers path on snowdonTook us two hours, which is quicker than I did it last year on foot with my family last year. As you can see form the photos, despite the tracksuit wearing train passengers it is still an awesome place to be. We dropped down a bit onto the ranger’s path and had lunch, egging a couple of riders on as the rode down passed us. I thought one guy was on a Hybrid bit it turns out it was just massive hardtail with semi-slicks….. Would not be my choice but each to their own!

 

What followed was amazing. The rangers Path is great; fast at the top, then getting a bit looser and rockier before you hit some tight and steep switchbacks. Some people roosted, other were a bit more cautious but we all made it down in one piece with only one low speed topple.

 

Telegraph Valley Snowdon

After clearing the hardest part, we boosted the last bit and hung a right onto the bridleway and pushed up to Telegraph Valley. After the tight, loose and steep Rangers Path this was just a great blast down to Llanberis. Let us not understate this trail, it was amazing! Ridiculously fast, rocky in places, lots of water bars to hop and the views…… Had a few punctures to fix on the way down and then headed to the cafe at the bottom of the Llanberis Path for some overpriced beers and cans of coke.

 

I left the guys to it and made a start on dinner. They rolled back later on; washed their bikes, devoured some tea and cake and then enjoyed some more beers and reading some magazines waiting for dinner.

 

Some more guests checked in on Saturday night just in time for dinner. We all sat down tucked into the Vegetable Soup followed by a Beef Cobbler. Made shot work of that before the Apple and Pear Pie with Caramel Sauce was brought out for dessert.  Suffice to say after a few more beers everybody was ready for bed after an awesome day in the hills.

 

 

 

snowdon dinning

 

Sunday morning rolled around and after breakfast, some riders went off to Coed-y-Brenin and the rest rode the Marin Trail at Llanrwst.

 

Great weekend on Snowdon and looking forward to the next one already!

 

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The route up Snowdon can be found here.

 
 
 

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