Llanberis 2014

Over 60 Wigan Ramblers and friends travelled to Llanberis and the Royal Victoria Hotel.  18 of us boarded the lakeside steam train and 4 went by train part way up Snowdon to enjoy fine views.  Friday's evening meal was a hot buffet served in the lounge, where we decided which walks we were going to do tomorrow.

On Saturday a group of 24 was led on the BBC Wales Weatherman's Llanberis walk by John Lenagan.  We saw Dolbadarn Castle and passed the Slate Museum before John told us about the Vivian Quarry and the Hospital. As we climbed over 800 feet it became quite chilly before we reached Dinorwig village and walked down to the Anglesea Barracks and the viewpoint at the top of the incline.

The zig zag down by the steep steps brought us back down to the bridge over the river and to Llanberis.  We had enjoyed fine views over Llyn Padarn and towards Snowdon, although it was mainly obscured by clouds.

Sunday's shorter walk of about 5 miles was led by Frank Atherton and a group of 36 were happy to take the easier option of a walk round the lake.  There was a climb of about 300 feet before a break near a delightful waterfall.


A long stretch of road through the hamlet of Fachwen brought us to the end of the lake.  We followed the cycle track through a tunnel and back to Llanberis.

It was time for rehearsal for the evening's entertainment.  After dinner we were treated to a show directed by Margaret Atherton and we learned of the hidden talents of the Wigan Group.  A special treat was the singing by Emma, a 15 year old guest.


John Pimblett handed out the prizes for the quizzes to Geoff and Kaye and to Julie, Marie, Vera and Maggie.


We all agreed that we had again had a wonderful weekend away and thanked all those who had helped in any way, with a very special thank you for all his hard work to John Pimblett.

He had found a very good hotel and yet again arranged for "Pimblett" weather.