On the Tuesday morning we reluctantly woke ourselves at 7am to get an early start on Snowdon, leaving this view from our layby in Conwy.
Mrs RM has been telling folk on Facebook she’s climbing Snowdon for ages, so there was no turning back, despite the debilitating effects of the previous night’s exertions in the Albion.
It’s a fun walk, though the halfway house cafe lacks craft beer and crackling, and the steep rocky climb near the summit where you’re overtaken by runners with dogs is a bit tiresome.
On our 3rd ascent we had perfect conditions, a sighting of Matt le Tissier, sun at the top, and some drama when a helicopter landed at Clogwyn to rescue someone, delaying the trains for a couple of hours.
Of course, the highlight is giving folk you pass on the way down false encouragement (“nearly there”, ” there’s Bass at the top” etc).
Of course, I’d parked a mile short of the startline (the ice cream shop), so Mrs RM had to drag her sore heels a bit further than she wanted, but 7 hours there and back a creditable performance.
I rewarded her with a pint in the Pant Yr Ardd (“pant garden” says Google translate) in Talgarth, just off the A5 and with a nice turning circle for our campervan.
Very much a locals pub, one that avoided earlier ticking efforts with 4pm opening.
“Solid” is the word for this curate’s egg of a pub. Who was this curate ? Did she drink craft ?
I asked for Sandstone, being the name I could read on the pumps.
“Which one. They’re all Sandstone”.
I found a picture of their brewery for you.
90% of the trade was Fosters, the cask was served so chilled it could have been KeyKeg, but very tasty indeed, approaching NBSS 3.5 when accompanied by classic crisp flavours.
“Is that Rita Ora ?” asked Mrs RM, repeatedly, presumably referring to the telly as she wasn’t playing pool.
The highlight, of course, was the rare pink elephant charity box.
Though it was also a brave measure to replace the condom machine with a Pringles dispenser.
We ended the evening arguing with farmers in Caernarfon, as all things must.