Whilst Grasmere was beautiful – and on an ordinary day, I would happily have waited two hours for the gingerbread shop to open – we decided to make the most of the sunny weather (and our limited time) and hike back to Ambleside. After all, what’s a trip to the Lakes without going on at least one walk? Fortunately, the Lake District offers walks for people of every age, ability and interest – and it was easy to find one to suit our needs. If you missed my two previous posts about our weekend in the Lake District, you can find them here and here.
Surrounded by stunning scenery, Snowdon sits in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, a stone’s throw from the small mining town of Llanberis. It’s an easy day trip from neighbouring towns and cities; from Chester it’s only an hour’s train ride to Bangor (the nearest mainline train station), followed by a forty minute bus journey (the current timetable for the 85/86 bus can be viewed here) to Llanberis. If you’re travelling by public transport, it’s best to make your way up the mountain in the morning, giving you plenty of time to take in the incredible views and hopefully eliminating any chance of missing the last bus back to Bangor!