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Images of Snowdonia

Rory Trappe | Llyn Dywarchen

Llyn Dywarchen

Deep in Snowdonia lies a lake across which an island once floated. In folklore, this is not unusual. St Brendan’s Isles drifted around the globe for centuries, and seven of Britain’s canonised saints apparently floated to our shores on a sod. But in this case, the island was real, and unusual enough for Edmund Halley the astronomer to swim out and see for himself in 1698. He described a piece of turf broken loose from the bank and buoyed up by the lightness of “broad-spreading fungous roots on its sides”. Others will tell you it was the tylwyth teg – the fairy folk – who created the floating island on Llyn y Dywarchen. Respect must be paid to the mischievous tylwyth teg. Their world is a shifting one. They thwarted me with bogs, felled trees, redirected paths, vanishing buses, and even conspired to send me to the wrong lake. There is, it transpires, more than one Llyn y Dywarchen.
Rory Trappe | Heddwyn's Barn

Heddwyn's Barn

An old farmhouse barn on the outskirts of Llan Ffestiniog. The dam you see in the mountain forms part of the ffestiniog Power station Pumped storage scheme.
Rory Trappe | Pen yr Ole Wen

Pen yr Ole Wen

A view of Pen yr Ole Wen, part of the carneddau mountain range, from Cwm Idwal.
Rory Trappe | Llyn Idwal

Llyn Idwal

Llyn Idwal is a small lake that lies within Cwm Idwal in the Glyderau mountains of Snowdonia. It is named after Prince Idwal Foel, a grandson of Rhodri Mawr, one of the ancient Kings of Wales. Legend states that the king's unfortunate offspring was murdered by being drowned in the lake.
Rory Trappe | Gosling

Gosling

Gosling is a specialized term for a young baby goose, typically still covered with soft, fluffy down feathers and unable to fly. Because these chicks are precocial, however, even at a young age they can easily forage on their own and both walk and swim well.
Rory Trappe | Bryn Eithin

Bryn Eithin

An abandoned farmhouse on the foothills of Manod Mawr at Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales
Rory Trappe | Llyn Nantlle

Llyn Nantlle

A small fishing lake located in the Nantlle valley within the Snowdonia National Park
Rory Trappe | Cwm Idwal

Cwm Idwal

Cwm Idwal is a cirque (or corrie) in the Glyderau range of mountains in northern Snowdonia, the national park in the mountainous region of North Wales. Its main interest is to hill walkers and rock climbers, but it is also of interest to geologists and naturalists, given its combination of altitude (relatively high in UK terms), aspect (north-facing) and terrain (mountainous and rocky). In a 2005 poll conducted by Radio Times, Cwm Idwal was ranked the 7th greatest natural wonder in Britain.
Rory Trappe | Portmeirion with Snowdon in the background

Portmeirion with Snowdon in the background

An early spring view of the Italianete village of Portmeirion. The village was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams Ellis. it is a verry popular tourist attraction in North Wales
Rory Trappe | Saint Tecwyn's Church

Saint Tecwyn's Church

Saint Tecwyn’s church near Llandecwyn, North Wales. St Tecwyn's Church is thought to be medieval in origin. An eleventh century inscribed stone is incorporated into the present church building. The inscription has been interpreted as 'the Cross of St. Tecwyn, presbyter, to the honour of God and the most illustrious servant of God, Heli, deacon, made me. (the last word may read 'merci')'. Another medieval stone, whose pattern includes a linear Latin cross with a lozenge shaped ring at its upper end, is one of only four definite examples in Wales.
Rory Trappe | Packhorse bridge - Maentwrog

Packhorse bridge - Maentwrog

Packhorse bridge near Maentwrog - Believed to be an eighteenth century or earlier bridge crossing the Afon Prysor that carried the packhorse route between Harlech and Maentwrog
Rory Trappe | Dwyryd estuary

Dwyryd estuary

At Maentwrog the Dwyryd becomes a long and sandy tidal estuary, flowing under the road and railway line at Pont Briwet, before joining with the estuary of the River Glaslyn and then entering into Porthmadog Bay. The Afon y Glyn which drains the south west catchment from Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf and Llyn Tecwyn Isaf enters the southern side of the Glaslyn estuary at the south end of a large extent of salt marsh known as Glastraeth (green beach) on its south bank and opposite the village of Portmeirion.
Rory Trappe | Manod Incline wheelhouse

Manod Incline wheelhouse

A view from the Manod incline at Blaenau Ffestiniog towards Snowdon.
Rory Trappe | Llyn Conwy

Llyn Conwy

The abandoned lake keepers house at Llyn Conwy, North Wales
Rory Trappe | Tryfan from Moel Penamnen

Tryfan from Moel Penamnen

A view of Tryfan at dawn mid winter from Moel Penamnen.
Rory Trappe | Snowdon reflection

Snowdon reflection

A mid winter scene at Llynnau Mymbyr with Snowdon reflected in the flat calm water.
Rory Trappe | Carneddau Ponies

Carneddau Ponies

The wild ponies of the Carneddau mountain range. The Carneddau Mountain range in the Snowdonia National Park is home to a small population of around 300 semi-feral Carneddau ponies whose history is thought to date back to the Bronze Age. Although they are not designated as a rare breed, they are genetically distinct from the Welsh Mountain pony and carry genes specifically related to hardiness and waterproofing
Rory Trappe | Llyn Ogwen frozen

Llyn Ogwen frozen

A very late cold snap . This was as a result of the Beast from the east March 2013
Rory Trappe | The Ogwen Valley - Mid Winter

The Ogwen Valley - Mid Winter

The valley lies to the south of Bangor. It is bordered one side by the Glyderau mountain range and on the other by the Carneddau. The River Ogwen (Afon Ogwen in Welsh) flows through it, separating the two mountain ranges. The valley is a part of Snowdonia National Park. The valley was historically dependent on the roofing slate industry and it suffered from its decline from the 1960s onward. The only other significant source of employment was and still is mountain sheep farming. Unemployment is currently around 20%
Rory Trappe | Bala Lake

Bala Lake

Bala Lake also known as Lake Bala and by the Welsh: Llyn Tegid s a lake in Gwynedd, Wales. The name Tegid may be related to Welsh teg, meaning fair. It was the largest natural body of water in Wales before its level was raised by Thomas Telford to help support the flow of the Ellesmere Canal. It is 3.7 miles (6.0 km) long by 0.5 miles (0.8 km) wide. The River Dee runs through it and the waters of the lake are deep and clear. The town of Bala sits at its north-eastern end and the narrow gauge Bala Lake Railway runs for 3 miles (4.8 km) along the lake's south-eastern shore, and continues south-westward to the village of Llanuwchllyn whose name means church above the lake
Rory Trappe | Llyn Tegid

Llyn Tegid

Bala Lake also known as Lake Bala and by the Welsh: Llyn Tegid s a lake in Gwynedd, Wales. The name Tegid may be related to Welsh teg, meaning fair. It was the largest natural body of water in Wales before its level was raised by Thomas Telford to help support the flow of the Ellesmere Canal. It is 3.7 miles (6.0 km) long by 0.5 miles (0.8 km) wide. The River Dee runs through it and the waters of the lake are deep and clear. The town of Bala sits at its north-eastern end and the narrow gauge Bala Lake Railway runs for 3 miles (4.8 km) along the lake's south-eastern shore, and continues south-westward to the village of Llanuwchllyn whose name means church above the lake
Rory Trappe | Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station

Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station

Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in the grip of winter
Rory Trappe | Tanygrisiau

Tanygrisiau

A night view of Tanygrisiau and Moelwyn bach
Rory Trappe | Moelwyn Range

Moelwyn Range

A mid summer early morning view of Moelwyn Bach.
Rory Trappe | Trawsfynydd Power Station

Trawsfynydd Power Station

Trawsfynydd a former Magnox Nuclear power station now in the process of being decommissioned
Rory Trappe | Saint Tecwyns Church

Saint Tecwyns Church

Site Description St Tecwyn's Church is thought to be medieval in origin. An eleventh century inscribed stone is incorporated into the present church building. The inscription has been interpreted as 'the Cross of St. Tecwyn, presbyter, to the honour of God and the most illustrious servant of God, Heli, deacon, made me. (the last word may read 'merci')'. Another medieval stone, whose pattern includes a linear Latin cross with a lozenge shaped ring at its upper end, is one of only four definite examples in Wales.
Rory Trappe | Saint Tecwyns Church with estuary

Saint Tecwyns Church with estuary

St Tecwyn's Church is thought to be medieval in origin. An eleventh century inscribed stone is incorporated into the present church building. The inscription has been interpreted as 'the Cross of St. Tecwyn, presbyter, to the honour of God and the most illustrious servant of God, Heli, deacon, made me. (the last word may read 'merci')'. Another medieval stone, whose pattern includes a linear Latin cross with a lozenge shaped ring at its upper end, is one of only four definite examples in Wales.
Rory Trappe | Stream from Llyn Bochlwyd

Stream from Llyn Bochlwyd

A small mountain stream from Llyn Bochlwyd to Llyn Ogwen. The mountain in the background is Tryfan.
Rory Trappe | Llyn Ogwen

Llyn Ogwen

Dramatic Llyn Ogwen, one of the most popular lakes in Wales, is situated south of Bangor, and lies between the two mountain ranges of the Carneddau and the Glyderau. It stands at the head of the Nant Ffrancon Valley approx. four miles from the village of Bethesda. The lake is surrounded by high mountains, including Pen yr Ole Wen and Tryfan, considered to be one of the finest mountains in Wales. Ogwen is an extremely shallow lake, with a depth of only three metres, and is around a mile long. It lies at a height of 310 metres above sea level. The lake is the source of the River Ogwen.
Rory Trappe | Tryfan

Tryfan

The valley lies to the south of Bangor. It is bordered one side by the Glyderau mountain range and on the other by the Carneddau. The River Ogwen (Afon Ogwen in Welsh) flows through it, separating the two mountain ranges. The valley is a part of Snowdonia National Park. The valley was historically dependent on the roofing slate industry and it suffered from its decline from the 1960s onward. The only other significant source of employment was and still is mountain sheep farming.
Rory Trappe | Ogwen Valley

Ogwen Valley

The valley lies to the south of Bangor. It is bordered one side by the Glyderau mountain range and on the other by the Carneddau. The River Ogwen (Afon Ogwen in Welsh) flows through it, separating the two mountain ranges. The valley is a part of Snowdonia National Park. The valley was historically dependent on the roofing slate industry and it suffered from its decline from the 1960s onward. The only other significant source of employment was and still is mountain sheep farming. Unemployment is currently around 20%.
Rory Trappe | Carneddau Ponies

Carneddau Ponies

They are slightly smaller than the Section A Welsh Mountain (a more widely spread breed pony) standing at around 10 to 11 hands high, with a sturdy body, small ears shaped like sage leaves and big personalities! The Carneddau herd ranges over nearly 13,500 acres or 20 square miles of common between Bethesda, Llanfairfechan, Capel Curig and Conwy, which includes mountains over 3,000 feet high, bogs, cliffs, rocky slopes and lakes. The scenery is spectacular and the ponies know every inch of it. They are owned and managed by the Carneddau Pony Society - a group of farmers from Bethesda and Llanfairfechan who are supported through a management agreement with Natural Resources Wales that helps them to maintain the herd, grazing to benefit wildlife on the mountains, from Chough to Dung beetles.
Rory Trappe | Cwmorthin chapel

Cwmorthin chapel

A view of the remains of the chapel at Cwmorthin near Blaenau Ffestiniog
Rory Trappe | Llyn Dinas

Llyn Dinas

An early morning view of llyn Dinas near Beddgelert. It takes its name from the nearby Dinas Emrys, a rocky and wooded hill just downstream of the lake where the remains of both medieval and older fortifications have been found. A rock near the lake named Carreg yr Eryr (The stone of the eagle) was said in a charter of 1198 to mark the spot where the boundaries of the three cantrefs of Aberconwy, Ardudwy and Arfon met. According to Giraldus Cambrensis an eagle used to perch on it once a week, anticipating battle between the men of the three cantrefs.
Rory Trappe | Pen Llithrig y Wrach

Pen Llithrig y Wrach

A view of Pen Llithrig y Wrach from Y Rowen above Dolwyddelan
Rory Trappe | Mountain stream

Mountain stream

One of the many streams that fall into Llyn Idwal in the Ogswen valley
Rory Trappe | Rain shower over the Moelwyn range

Rain shower over the Moelwyn range

A shower of rain over the Moelwyn range
Rory Trappe | Carneddau Ponies

Carneddau Ponies

The Carneddau Ponies have been grazing the remote and rugged mountain grasslands of Snowdonia for centuries. The horses were saved from a mass cull by Henry VIII 400 years ago after he declared they must be destroyed, as they couldn't carry a knight in full armour.
Rory Trappe | Snowdon

Snowdon

A winter scene of Snowdon at dawn
Rory Trappe | Snowdon from Llyn Cwmffynnon

Snowdon from Llyn Cwmffynnon

A view of Snowdon from Llyn Cwmffynnon
Rory Trappe | Dolwyddelan castle

Dolwyddelan castle

A mid summer view of Dolwyddelan castle at dawn
Rory Trappe | Summer storm

Summer storm

A storm passing the abandoned farmouse at Bryn Eithin. The house was sadly abandoned in 1927. There are still a couple of distant relatives living locally
Rory Trappe | Coed Cymerau Waterfall

Coed Cymerau Waterfall

A wooded area called Coed Cymerau. This waterfall is one of North Wales’s best kept secrets near Blaenau Ffestiniog.,
Rory Trappe | The remains of Cwmorthin cottages

The remains of Cwmorthin cottages

Cwmorthin is a substantial Victorian-era slate mine above the village of Tanygrisau, circling the slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. It has a long and complex history beginning in the early 1800's, with heavy underground development starting around 1860. It was run by several different companies as a venture in its own right during the late 1800's. The earlier underground workings started at Lake Level by the Cwmorthin Slate Company Ltd, ascended upwards in the mountain ultimately for 8 floors in both the Old and Back Vein. Poor working practices and reckless engineering decisions ultimately led to a substantial collapse in 1884 and the end of that company, which failed to recover, in 1888.
Rory Trappe | Cwmorthin

Cwmorthin

Cwmorthin is a substantial Victorian-era slate mine above the village of Tanygrisau, circling the slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. It has a long and complex history beginning in the early 1800's, with heavy underground development starting around 1860. It was run by several different companies as a venture in its own right during the late 1800's. The earlier underground workings started at Lake Level by the Cwmorthin Slate Company Ltd, ascended upwards in the mountain ultimately for 8 floors in both the Old and Back Vein. Poor working practices and reckless engineering decisions ultimately led to a substantial collapse in 1884 and the end of that company, which failed to recover, in 1888.
Rory Trappe | Tree at Cwmorthin

Tree at Cwmorthin

A mid winter scene at Cwmorthin near Blaenau Ffestiniog
Rory Trappe | Llyn y Dywarchen

Llyn y Dywarchen

Llyn y Dywarchen is located above the village of Drws y Coed in Dyffryn Nantlle, near Rhyd Ddu. It is a very popular fishing lake, and has a car park nearby. A great location for some stargazing
Rory Trappe | Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle

Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle

A view of the sun setting against the face of Snowdon. Taken from Llyn Nantlle near Penygroes
Rory Trappe | Llunnau Mymbyr

Llunnau Mymbyr

A view of the Snowdon range from Llunnau Mymbyr near Capel Curig
Rory Trappe | Carneddau Ponies

Carneddau Ponies

This photograph give a glimpse into the lives of the mystical wild ponies that thrive on one of the UK’s most beautiful yet harsh terrains. The Carneddau Ponies have been grazing the remote and rugged mountain grasslands of Snowdonia for centuries. The horses were saved from a mass cull by Henry VIII 400 years ago after he declared they must be destroyed, as they couldn’t carry a knight in full armour. Today they remain part of the landscape in North Wales
Rory Trappe | Tal Y Llyn

Tal Y Llyn

Tal-y-llyn Lake is a 220 acre ribbon lake situated north-east of Tywyn and north of Machynlleth at the foot of Cadair Idris in Southern Snowdonia. the River Dysynni flows from the lake through the village of Abergynolwyn to the sea north of Tywyn on the Mid Wales coast near Tonfanau. This beautiful lake offers superb brown trout fishing from both boat or bank and as the lake has an average depth of only 8ft floating lines can be used from the outset. The fishing season runs from April to mid October and in the later part of the season sea trout and salmon run up the river to Tal-y-Llyn, and the lake is famed for its particularly large sea trout.
Rory Trappe | Llyn Gwynant

Llyn Gwynant

Llyn Gwynant lies on the River Glaslyn and is a lake in Snowdonia, Wales. It is probably the most photographed lake in Snowdonia. It is a lake formed by glacial activity and as a result is relatively shallow. The most popular activities on the lake are fishing and canoeing. It’s claim to fame was that it was used as a backdrop for a Lara Croft Tombraider film called the Cradle of Life.
Rory Trappe | Vale of Ffestiniog

Vale of Ffestiniog

The Vale of Ffestiniog is a valley within the Snowdonia national park which streches from Ffestiniog to Tremadog bay. This is part of the river called Afon Dwyryd which runs through the valley.
Rory Trappe | Llyn Cregennen

Llyn Cregennen

An early morning scene at Llyn Cregennen in the mountains of South Snowdonia. Cregennen is a tranquil location high up and just to the east of Cader Idris.
Rory Trappe | Lightning over the Vale of Ffestiniog

Lightning over the Vale of Ffestiniog

Some lightning bolts during an electrical storm over the vale of Ffestiniog.You can just make out a streak hitting the harbour at Pwllheli
Rory Trappe | Snowdon from Coel Llyn Y Garnedd

Snowdon from Coel Llyn Y Garnedd

A. view of Snowdon from Coed llyn y Garnedd near Maentwrog. Thanks to a recent tree felling campaign the view is now available for a few years.
Rory Trappe | Tryfan

Tryfan

Tryfan is a mountain in the Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia, Wales. It forms part of the Glyderau group, and is one of the most famous and recognisable peaks in Britain, having a classic pointed shape with rugged crags. At 917.5 metres above sea level, it is the fifteenth-highest mountain in Wales. On the summit are two pillars of rock known as Adam and Eve. Climbers who reach the summit usually jump across from one pillar to the next.
Rory Trappe | Carneddau ponies

Carneddau ponies

A mid summer morning on the way down from a walk in the hills and I was fortunate enough to bump into these wild ponies. They had a foal with them so I was careful not to get too close especially as I had an over friendly labradoodle with me !
Rory Trappe | View from Mynydd Perfedd

View from Mynydd Perfedd

A view from Mynydd Parfedd across to Y Garn and Tryfan. The A5 can bee see meandering through the valley.
Rory Trappe | Llyn Dywarchen

Llyn Dywarchen

A small fishing lake in the shadow of Mount Snowdon in the Snowdonia National Park
Rory Trappe | Rhos Quarry Cottages

Rhos Quarry Cottages

This terrace of abandoned cottages are at the foot of Moel Siabod, a mountain in the centre of the Snowdonia National Park. The quarry was there to recover slate from the north west corner of the mountain. The cottages themselves have commanding views over the A5 and towards Betws y Coed.
Rory Trappe | Ogwen valley

Ogwen valley

A view of the mighty tryfan on the left alongside llyn Ogwen. The valley is to the north east of the Snowdonia national park. Tryfan is one of the most popular scrammbling walks in the UK
Rory Trappe | Cwm Idwal

Cwm Idwal

A horseshoe valley located north of Tryfan. It is a very popular walk as it is close to the A5 trunk road. The lake is called llun Idwal. The image was taken at the foot of an area called the Devils kitchen.
Rory Trappe | A view of summers past

A view of summers past

I walk past ths particular field quite often and see the are in all seasons. I was struck on this occasion as the grass appeared so vivid in the early evening light.
Rory Trappe | View from the PYG track

View from the PYG track

This was taken on the way down from witnessing a sunrise from the summit of Snowdon. The mountain to the left is called Y Lliwedd. This particular route down is called the PYG track (Pen Y Gwryd)
Rory Trappe | Portmeirion in winter

Portmeirion in winter

The Italianete village of Portmeirion taken from across the estuary at Ynys. Snowdon in the background with a light dusting of snow.
Rory Trappe | Castell y Gwynt

Castell y Gwynt

A rock feature which is quite prominent feature at the top of the Glyder mountain range. In the background is Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.
Rory Trappe | Sunrise at Dolwyddelan castle

Sunrise at Dolwyddelan castle

Dolwyddelan castle is quite a prominent feature tucked within the mountains and landscape of Snowdonia. One of the many castles in wales built by Llewellyn the Great. The castle fell to Edward the 1st in 1283
Rory Trappe | Summer scene at Ffestiniog

Summer scene at Ffestiniog

Taken in between Maentwrog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. The mountain in the distance is called Manod Mawr. During WW2 the contents of the National Gallery were taken and stored there.
Rory Trappe | Carneddau ponies in the Ogwen Valley

Carneddau ponies in the Ogwen Valley

It was great to see the Carneddau wild mountain ponies on the south west corner of the Carneddau range. These wild ponies have been roaming the mountain range for over two hundred years. Although wild there are a few local farmers who do tend to their needs occasionally bringing them food when the weather get particularly bad.
Rory Trappe | Snowdon reflected

Snowdon reflected

I arrived at the location around 40 minutes before sunrise. The pink colour was the sun reflecting back off the clouds. As an added bonus i managed to get the reflection in the small section of the lake where the water had not frozed over.