The Dee Way, Part 1, Day 2 (of 5), Llanuwchllyn to Llandderfel, N. Wales

If you saw my ‘mobile’ post last week, you will have noticed that there was more overnight snow. And it was still snowing when I left the very nice Bwch yn Uchaf B&B. I therefore decided to skip the brief detour from the road up the hill (seen in pic 2) as it simply came back to the road about a kilometre further on. Not surprisingly, I didn’t see any cars come along the road at all.

However, in the hope of clearer weather to come, I did decide to go uphill to take in the panoramic viewpoints marked on the map. I was lucky in that the snow did come and go to give me one or two, albeit very dull, grey pictures of Bala Lake, or Llyn Tegid as it’s called in Welsh.

I rather jokingly said to a few people that it would be downhill to go from the source to the mouth of the river, but how wrong I was! There were several good climbs along the route, and the highest on this day (at 1050ft or 320m) can be seen in picture no. 13.

You may also notice certain recurring themes in these posts. One is the number of different way signs encountered. The Dee Way seems to take in sections of several different paths, including, on this leg, the Cross Britain Way and the Tegid Way. Churches are another feature, not because I’m a religious person, far from it, but they do provide a bit of occasional shelter (if open) and, for me, they hold a certain fascination. It could be their age or construction or the objects seen inside. On this particular occasion, I was touched by the relevance of the “Church Door” text, which was by the entrance to Llandderfel church. Have a read of pic 26 and see what you think.

Pubs or, more precisely, real ales are also a passion of mine, but more of that to come… ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ˜Š

6 thoughts on “The Dee Way, Part 1, Day 2 (of 5), Llanuwchllyn to Llandderfel, N. Wales

  1. Beautiful shots, loved photo #8 of the stream and snow scene, gorgeous! Lots more snow I see this day, did it make it more slippery or better traction? Also, any hikers passed along the way this day? And did you always have good cell coverage? I guess I’m thinking this is all new territory for you and the weather wasn’t so cooperative so seemed a little risky, if I were Jude, I may have been worried about you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks Donna. Yes, I liked that image too, though at the time, I did wonder whether I was on the wrong bridge! Fresh snow is usually OK, it’s when it starts to thaw that it gets slippery (as you’ll read…) Mobile phone coverage was very good, thankfully, otherwise my GPS / mobile mapping would have stopped working. And, yes, Jude was worried about me, but I was never far from civilisation (which is why the phone signal was good). ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Gorgeous shoots from from a very white scenery. So much snow, so much cold and a long hike. After such an excursion, even I, who don’t usually drink beer, wouldn’t mind to drink a full pint. You have to make up for all the energy you lost ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Fun and interesting with all these different kinds of signs and yes, I read the โ€œChurch Doorโ€, what can I say I’m not religious at all, but it gave me food for thought โ˜บ๏ธ

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