Llyn Llydaw in Wales, UK

We have the coldest February since 1996. Where I live, the temperature was down to 6 degrees Celsius this morning. You may say that this is already high by many standards. But mind you, I am living in the subtropics!

It is rainy and gloomy  too. This reminds me again of my trip up Snowdonia in 1985.

From a high altitude, I had a good glimpse of Llyn Llydaw – one of Snowdonia’s deepest lake.23-12-2004 11-18-36 AM_0004A

The following is lifted from Wikipedia which gives a detailed description of the lake:

Llyn Llydaw – 1,430 feet (440 m) high, 110 acres (45 ha) – lies in Cwm Dyli, Snowdon’s eastern cwm, and is one of Snowdonia’s deepest lakes, at up to 190 ft (58 m) deep. Various explanations of its name have been put forward, including lludw (“ash”), from ashen deposits along the shore, to Llydaw (“Brittany”). It contains evidence of a crannog settlement, and was the location of a 10-by-2-foot (3 m × 0.6 m) dugout canoe described in the Cambrian Journal in 1862. The lake is significantly coloured by washings from the copper mines nearby, and is used by the Cwm Dyli hydroelectric power station, which opened in 1906. The lake is crossed by a causeway, built in 1853 and raised in the 20th century to prevent the causeway from flooding frequently.

The most prominent feature on this image is the causeway – a causeway which I crossed when we descended the mountain.

28 thoughts on “Llyn Llydaw in Wales, UK

    • Hi Rachel, I was thinking about that too. If readers like my last photo, they should also like this one – which has been retouched. 6 degrees is cold but temperatures will hopefully come back up again next week. Regards, Michael

  1. I went to Hong Kong one February and it was about 20 degrees. Hot for me, so I wore shorts and tshirts everywhere, but the locals were in their big winter coats! You’re right – it’s all relative.

  2. 6C! Indeed you are blessed with warm weather. Britain is having a warm wet winter this year, contrary to last year’s blizzards, with floods across the south of England. Love the picture; it has a bleak and eerie charm to it 🙂

  3. Took my daughter a couple of years ago to Mt Snowdon. Took the train up the mountain. Once we arrived the clouds had come down so not much to see. However, like God had wanted us to see the beauty, the clouds fell away and what a sight. WOW. lasted about 30 seconds, but you know what? That was the best view I have ever had. Love the blog. Keep up the great work.

    • Hi, went there twice but didn’t get up the mountain the second time as the queue for the train was too long. The sights up there were just heavenly.
      many thanks for your kind words!

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