Blaenau Ffestiniog

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This isn’t a long hike, sort of a rest day. We needed a small number of supplies from the local Co-op, it is rainy, windy and cold. A welcome change from Atlanta where it is dry, hot (95F, 34C), and smelling of car exhaust.

IMGP4147 There is a steam train, so we do get the occasional wiff of coal smoke. That’s a welcome change.

The local websites give the times for the Snowdon train, but we’ll do that trip under our own power. There’s a 35L ticket that lets you use this train and the busses all day.

We hiked first uphill and across the face of old slate workings. Originally I planned to go for a longer bit of the trail, but the soil is completely waterlogged. It is a normal Welsh summer.

IMGP4139 The tracks, sans train, run uphill from the house we hired.

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Blaenau Ffestiniog from the hill. Our feet were still dry at this moment.

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The clouds cover the mountains in this weather. Serious wet-weather gear is a necessity in these mountains. This is a place where you can get in trouble quickly, and not for speaking English in the Y Tap (a Welsh language pub that’s only a kilometer away).

welsh_flag Welsh flags are everywhere. They did well in the EU cup, not so well in the Brexit vote.

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