Saturday, 14 July 2012

Pen-y-Pass, North Wales

Pen-y-Pass is a mountain pass in Snowdonia, Gwynedd, north-west Wales. It is a popular location from which to walk up Snowdon, as three of the popular routes (the Miners Track, the Pyg Track and the ascent via Crib Goch) can be started here. Situated at the high point of the Llanberis Pass at an altitude of 360 metres (1,180 ft), the road here was built in the 1830s to allow ore from the mines on Snowdon to be transported to Llanberis.

Lowry, Jan Gabrial and Tom Forman stayed at the Gorphwysfa Hotel at Pen-y-Pas in early October 1933 arriving on the 1st. Lowry, Jan Gabrial and Forman walked up Snowden from here.Later Lowry and Forman went rock-climbing. (Jan Gabrial Inside The Volcano Pg.27-28).

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