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« Reply #100 on: March 15, 2010, 08:51:56 am »
I feel the walk up would be wisely followed by the train down.....

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« Reply #101 on: March 15, 2010, 04:49:13 pm »
Or ... ahem ... walk/train up; beer/wine/gin/tea and cakes at summit; walk down the other side; catch Welsh Highland Railway into Caernarfon; bus back to Llanberis. It is possible, I've done it, although you need to allow at least 6 hours for up and down (so leave Llanberis early). There's even a real ale pub at Rhyd-ddu to wait in if you've just missed the train ...

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« Reply #102 on: March 16, 2010, 12:11:42 pm »
I shall be walking up, then catching the train down, because I'm most likely to injure myself on the descent. Skinner shall not be tumbling after or breaking any bloody crowns, thank ye.

But I'll give the ascent a jolly good try.

However- I'm not sure I'll even be able to make it, it entirely depends upon what days are finally suggested. I have to work it around one week of exams, one week in dorset, one in cornwall as compulsory trips for university, and then one week in devon with my family. Gah!

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« Reply #103 on: March 16, 2010, 01:49:51 pm »
I regret to mention it, but the railway is so popular that people going up on it are only guaranteed a ride back down on the train they went up on.  So unfortunatelyI wouldn't bank on being able to take the train down the mountain unless you've taken it up the mountain in the first place  :(
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« Reply #104 on: March 16, 2010, 05:25:45 pm »
I regret to mention it, but the railway is so popular that people going up on it are only guaranteed a ride back down on the train they went up on.  So unfortunatelyI wouldn't bank on being able to take the train down the mountain unless you've taken it up the mountain in the first place  :(
Oh... I've just read the small print on the Mountain Railway website, and it seems a return ticket gives you 30 minutes at the Summit. Not good at all. We could time the climb and train so we all arrive at the same time, but it give a tiny margin for error, and even less time to relax before the train must return.

Are we picnicking at the summit or shall I not bother to bring the blanket?
Mr. Harrison and I have been discussing the idea of acquiring an old canvas tent/shelter to set up at the Summit (there's plenty of space), so we can drink tea and/or beer in the shade. It'll be like a proper expedition.  ;)

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« Reply #105 on: March 16, 2010, 10:17:11 pm »
can one buy a single ticket up and then another single ticket down later, givin one more time at the summit?

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« Reply #106 on: March 16, 2010, 11:10:18 pm »
can one buy a single ticket up and then another single ticket down later, givin one more time at the summit?
Yes, but it's only possible if there are spaces on the later trains, and summer is a very busy time.  :-\

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« Reply #107 on: March 17, 2010, 07:12:20 pm »
There is now a change to the status for Himself and I on this...

.. As feared given that it's a bank holiday, Himself will now be spending it waving his weapon at paying customers.  So to speak.  So he is off the list entirely.

I'm still up for the walk, but now have no transport.  And public transport to get there takes rather a long time, and will certainly necessitate travel the day before.

Nor can I any longer offer anyone else a lift.  Sorry folks!


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« Reply #108 on: March 17, 2010, 07:58:12 pm »
Hmmnn... This doesn't sound so good for those not up to ascending and descending the peak by foot.  I like the idea, but it seems like circumstances make it less attractive. i am now wondering whether there might not be another, less popular peak that would make a better visit.

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« Reply #109 on: March 17, 2010, 10:13:31 pm »
Would very much like to attend, but will have to investigate the practicalities of getting my wheelchair onto said train. I'm not at all impressed with the lack of time at the summit between trains! I am, however, a qualified red cross 1st aider, so I may have useful skills to peddle (I hope not in this case!)

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« Reply #110 on: March 18, 2010, 09:06:12 am »
Hello one and all, The Good Lady Wife as well as the Coglings will hopefully be in attendance however as the train is very expensive and I don't think the walk is suitable for Coglings I feel we will stay and man base camp.
Lets hope the weather will be kind to us.

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« Reply #111 on: March 18, 2010, 01:56:08 pm »
Quite so, if the weather smiles upon us it'll prove worthwhile my hauling my BIG pair of binoculars all the way to the summit  :D

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« Reply #112 on: March 24, 2010, 11:17:34 am »
It looks as though our finances are not going to be able to stretch to this, unfortunately. Hopefully we will meet some of you in the Rifle club at the Whitby weekend meet in April. Sorry to miss this, maybe next time?
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« Reply #113 on: March 24, 2010, 10:16:19 pm »
I cannot go any longer. I have zero means of getting there. And no suitable steampubnk clothing which is good for climbing a mountain in. I have no wish to boil or freeze to death, or break an ankle either.
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« Reply #114 on: April 04, 2010, 08:35:49 am »
Terribly sorry for not replying for quite a while, Gin-Soaked and others! I have been busy with ski trips as well as relocating to my homeland for the university Easter vacation. I will definitely take this chance for some Steampunk exercise! Walking it is!
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« Reply #115 on: April 04, 2010, 06:54:41 pm »
I think we shall have to bow out of this one, my health is currently not up to it.

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« Reply #116 on: April 06, 2010, 09:46:32 am »
I would be delighted to join you for a walk up Snowdon, if I could beg a lift from someone driving there.  Of course, I would provide petrol money and can travel to places near Milton Keynes by public transport to meet up with a driver.

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« Reply #117 on: April 28, 2010, 06:00:46 pm »
Just a month to go... perhaps we'd better start looking at logistics for getting there?  If it's going to be a struggle finding lifts, it may be an idea to go via train to Bangor and then hire a charabanc to get us to Llanberis.... Bangor being about 11 or 12 miles distant.  Better yet, if small groups can coordinate and catch the same train then the taxi fare would not be so demanding.  Looking on thetrainline.com, there's a direct Birmingham-Bangor train leaving 9.24am and arriving 12.36pm.  
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« Reply #118 on: April 28, 2010, 09:53:45 pm »
There's a direct bus from outside Bangor railway station, I think it's hourly.

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« Reply #119 on: April 28, 2010, 10:06:55 pm »
Was going to drive direct on Friday, and camp overnight

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« Reply #120 on: April 28, 2010, 10:08:51 pm »
I could probably get there fairly directly from Lime Street, although if there's anyone coming through or past Liverpool or St. Helens in a car with an empty space, I'd happily pay my share of the petrol money in exchange for a lift.

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« Reply #121 on: April 30, 2010, 10:18:58 pm »
Regrettably, I will not be taking part now. I look forward to seeing pictures of the expedition, though!

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« Reply #122 on: May 02, 2010, 03:42:33 pm »
Having done a bit of research, it looks like the walk takes on average about 4 hours up and 3 hours down, regardless of route (the shorter routes are apparently much more difficult and require navigationl the Llanberis path alongside the train is about 10miles but much easier, I've seen young children walking up with their grandparents).

So the start of the walk will need to be well before noon to be sure of completing and getting home in the same day...

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« Reply #123 on: May 05, 2010, 06:56:31 am »
That would be great, but I thought the train stopped going up snowdon now?
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« Reply #124 on: May 05, 2010, 08:08:19 am »
No, but it does terminate services short of the summit the terminus over the winter.

http://www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/