Early this December, a friend was visiting from the US, and we decided to all rent a cottage in southern Snowdonia for the weekend. We wanted to show him the best of british life: cozy cottages, quaint villages, and constant rain.
The cottage we found on HomeAway.com was incredibly cute. It was totally isolated, and a good five minute drive from any main road. We arrived late on Friday evening, and had just enough time to make a fire before going to bed. The next day, we woke up early and made our way to the parking lot of the Minfford Path. Our plan for the day: walk in Cadair Idris, Southern Snowdonia’s most notable mountain range.
We followed the path all the way up to the ridge of the mountain, but of course, Wales being Wales, we quickly walked into a cloud, and stayed in there for a while.
We were soaked and drenched, and yet, happy and cheerful at the idea of getting some fresh air all together.
Devin, originally from Denver, could not believe we still decided to go out on a day like this – but we definitely made it up for him. On our way up, we met an incredibly nice family with two cute dogs, who carried prosseco and chocolate up to the summit to celebrate the dad’s birthday.
After about 3 hours going up (roughly 900m of elevation) and walking along a ridge, we reached the Penygadair summit at 893 metres, above sea level, and stopped at the mountain hut for our picnic.
The family nicely shared their prosecco with us and the national park authority guardian that was welcoming travellers in the rudimentary hut.
We quickly got very cold and Devin suggested playing the “hypothermia game” – which confused us slightly at first. The guardian showed us the way for the first 10 minutes as visibility was reduced and we had no maps on us.
As per his precise indications, after 20 minutes of ascent, 10 minutes of descent, we found a fence which we then followed back down, all the way out of the could and into the forest where we started our walk.
The way down took us about two hours ( on my slow pace), and we made it back to the car just in time for sunset.