Yesterday I went for a little spin on one of my local routes. Well, ‘little’ to me being 31 miles. I was supposed to take it easy but I ended up going faster than I wanted to.
The route starts in my village, up into the fertile Nant Ffrancon valley and from there heads south east through the ever changing Ogwen valley with its beautiful vistas in any direction, with the Glyderau on one side and the Carneddau on the other. After reaching Capel Curig, I head west into the wind through Dyffryn Mymbyr with views towards the Snowdon Massif, to climb up to Pen y Pass and the fun descent through the tight, enclosing walls of the Llanberis Pass.
For a change though, I wanted to go up the old, often rough road to the top of Nant Ffrancon, simply so that I could take the following pictures. I much prefer this road as there’s no vehicles (not that the main climb up is busy) and I love looking at the sweeping, ascending northerly arm of Pen yr Ole Wen that is Braich ty Du (some great scrambles on here). This road tends to stay a lot flatter than the main road, due to the nature of the valley. When Thomas Telford built the A5 between London and Holyhead, he designed it so that the gradient was no more than 1 in 14, so that horse drawn carriages could navigate it with ease. But the road I used rises very steeply at the end, just to test my legs.
Anyway, there are four images, each taken with my Fuji point-n-click, so not a lot of highlight detail was recoverable (and by that I mean the very bright white parts of the images). All are panoramas, stitched together from 8 – 10 portrait exposures, snapped within one minute so my legs didn’t cool down!
Thanks for reading and looking.