Hiking in Snowdonia: the land of stories

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Ever since I heard about Snowdonia I felt that I want to get there one day. As I love stories and legends, I just felt that I had to go there.

As I believe everything happens in the right time, the moment to explore Snowdonia came by receiving an invitation from the Outdoor Bloggers group from UK. Everything sounded great as it involved meeting other bloggers with interest in the outdoors.

So here we were: October the 14th, waking up early morning with a big smile of my face with the feeling of adventure surrounding us. We didn’t have any expectation, we just knew that we will meet a bunch of nice and creative people and that we will be hiking the highest peak of Wales, Snowdon (1,085m).

We traveled by train up to Chester from where Jenni, one of the organisers, picked us up by car (thanks a lot, Jenni (: ). We also had a bit of time to walk in charming Chester, which is an old roman city. We really felt like in a roman city, so we definately recommend you to visit.

We had reached the camping place in the afternoon and we had settled our home for 3 days, the tent :).
For us it was the first time hiking with a guide so we didn’t have to prepare the hike at all. Our guides from Climb Snowdon were very knowdgeble and they took us to the summit on Rhyd Ddu trail which wasn’t as famous as the other ones. They told us local stories and legends, about plants which local use for making gin and answered all the questions we were curious about. Actually, one of the themes of the hike was the gin as the herbs from.which it can be made are found in Snowdonia. After the hike we met the artisan who told us about the interesting facts in the gin making process. Meantime I was thinking of our local drink, ‘tuica’, which is made out of plums mainly but it can be made from other fruits also.

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One of the stories told in the tour that I remember was the one about ‘The floating island’ which we’ve seen up from the mountain. It is about an island which was visible seldom, acting as a meeting place between a fairy and her human husband. after she was prevented by other members of her race to walk on land.

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We were surprised to see that, although is smaller in altitude, Snowdon is very similar to our beloved mountain from Romania, ‘Piatra Craiului’. It has a rocky ridge also and a little climbing part. This made us feel like home in a way.

We can share with you some of the things we did for the first time ever:
– drinking a lot of green smoothies during the hike
– carrying fruits and veg to cook healthy food
– we can think of more 🙂

Many thanks for:
Outdoor Bloggers for organising the week-end and for all your great work
– for meeting all the nice bunch of bloggers
– for the sponsors for making it happen
– and for the goodie bag filled with useful products while going outdoor

Stay in touch! More pictures will be uploaded soon!By then, check some on my Instagram.

Disclaimer: we were invited to event by Outdoor Bloggers and it was sponsored by Mud and Routes
However, all the opinions in this article are my own.

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