With the walk to Pistyll Rhaeadr cancelled, it was off to Bala to meet with some friends for an easy walk.
The main roads were clear getting there and the carpark at Llyn Celyn was an easy find, although I did nearly miss it as I was enjoying the scenery.
We walked a short way through some forestry before coming out and headed towards Foel Boeth (596m). There was some drifting in places and the snow was quite deep, but not impassable. Approaching the hill we decided to stay lower and not walk to the summit where it would be more exposed and instead headed off for a further half an hour, had lunch, then returned back the way we came.
It took two and a half hours to walk two and a half miles, but this took in photo opportunities, a couple of breaks and the odd joke or two.
I bought a new 3 in 1 waterproof coat in the sales and thought I'd try it out on this walk. I'd been wearing it for a few minutes then realised that there were two MASSIVE labels hanging from it which I'd forgotten to remove so they came off in a hurry. No one seemed to notice, or mention the other label I found at the end of the walk.
I wasn't sure about this new fangled layering system that magazines seem to make such a fuss about but after wearing just a base layer, a fleece and windproof waterproof I can see that the mags have a point. It really works, or at least did on this occasion. But just in case, I took along a spare fleece and a second waterproof as a backup. With some new boots borrowed from Teenage Daughter, some waterproof leggings and some gaiters, I stayed warm and dry at all times.
Life is a journey, not a destination ...
Always take the scenic route.