Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Travel Bug's Fascinating Facts About Snowdon

The Travel Bug's 3 Fascinating Facts About Snowdon

TTB has been living in North Wales for 10 months now and loves having a cottage in the middle of Snowdonia National Park.   This means he has lots of places to roam and he likes gazing out across at Snowdon from the comfort of his sitting room.   

He hasn't attempted to hike Snowdon yet because, well...he would fly if he really wanted to conquer it, wouldn't he?     Apparently, he'll do it when he's good and ready.   Another two or three years, allegedly.

These are The Travel Bug's Fascinating Facts about Snowdon:

  • Mount Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales and England.   It is the second highest in the UK, as Ben Nevis in Scotland is the tallest.  TTB likes that Ben Nevis is the highest mountain is the highest as he was 'born' in Scotland.  

  • Legendary explorer, Sir Edmund Hillary, used to train on Snowdon before he attempted to climb Mount Everest.   TTB thinks that anyone who tries this has cotton wool for brains.   Why would you put yourself through that when you could be napping?

  • The Welsh name for Snowdon is 'yr Wyddfa', which means monument or tomb.   As legend would have it, a troll called Rhita Gawr, lived on Snowdon and would murder climbers and use their beards to make cloaks.    King Arthur eventually put a stop to this gruesome practice when he climbed to the summit and done away with the ogre.   What an uplifting story.

Do you have any facts about Wales' highest peak to share with The Travel Bug?

TTB xx 

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