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Snowshoe Kuznice, Zakopane, Poland

This is an unreal day out exploring the trails out of Zakopane on the Slovakian border.

After negotiating the no public vehicle policy and the alarming queue to the chairlift head left towards the shop and turn right straight into the wide, groomed road/trail.

This is where the adventure begins.

Venture up to the first major fork and checkout the signs, maps and heed warnings of general conditions as well as avalanche risks amongst all the usual mountain adventure risks.

We stayed left opting for a foot trail up to the top of the Cable Car Kasprowy Wierch Cable car.

The trails from here has a shallow winding grade through the forests gradually working its way up to the first stop of the Cable car. The forest is gorgeous and you can quickly find yourself in your own little pocket of wilderness. This area is warmer and easier walking.

Having climbed 200m+ over the 1:15 to the mid point of the gondola the conditions start to change significantly . Walking becomes quickly steeper, more exposed and colder. Note the avalanche warning signs as you make your way further.

This section of the walk climbs around 500m to the top of the gondola. The trails stops winding and becomes a more direct climb up the spine of the ridge. You can really feel the wind and grade and are suitably rewarded with gorgeous views.

Eventually conditions become too dangerous, there are no signs of previous passage on the trails and the snow is way too deep. Take one last look, feel the cold biting and turn around for the descent thorough the snowy forests enjoying the mountain outlook all the way.

Checkout my route here.

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Snowdonia

A Beautiful weekend in Snowdonia Walking, Talking and Exploring.
A long weekend is an opportunity unlike any other to get further a field.
The loose plan was to train early Saturday out of Birmingham to hire a car thuds eliminating the stress and variability of hiring and returning a car to London, definitely well worth it!

After a food shop in Birmingham we jumped in the cars and aimed for Dollgelau and the beautiful Precipice walk. Lunch in a quaint town along the way saw us fed and water at the trail head by mid afternoon and ready for the short 5km loop past a magnificent lake and serving the local community water needs (so no swimming allowed!) before heading into the hills. The loop stayed shy of the ridge line and is relatively flat whilst taking in the gorgeous valley and ocean views below!

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Three kilometres in the signpost to the old copper mine was a red herring that introduced a hearty descent only to climb back up none the wiser.

All in all a great warm up walk and special treat from Southern Snowdonia and the private landowners who permit this walk. Please respect the land and others using the area.

The night was spent an hour north at YHA Snowdon Ranger at the base of Snowdonia. There are a few pubs within a 15 minute drive but if you want to stay local a 20 minute walk south to Dyd-du (check spelling) will reward with equisite food in a charming country pub. Remember to book in advance because this place gets packed!

Day 2 was dedicated to foot adventure up Snowdon

Staying at the Rangers YHA we were up at a respectable and even more respectable weather.

With warnings in mind we packed warmth, food and water and set off up the hill making the most of the fantastic conditions before they changed as they are so famous for doing!

The ascent was steep and a steady with a few stops to take in the amazing view. This climb  combined with a hearty picnic  made the summit a real treat.

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The formality of descending was accompanied by less welcome weather. Taking an alternative route down to the  Cwellyn Arms that had been strategically booked for an early dinner before the stroll along the road to the YHA.

All in all a fantastic day and great way to see Mount Snowdon!

 

 

Ely Cathedral View Stroll

A beutiful stroll in the hills of Ely (Bishops Way signposted)

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