Chris Maylor takes a trip down memory lane to look back on some summer adventures in North Wales. Find out more about his discovery walks online: saddleworthdiscoverywalks.co.uk
THE final Bank Holiday weekend of the year brought fabulous weather, perfect for enjoying a range of outdoor activities.
With the van loaded up with enough equipment to kit out an outdoor education centre, myself and a group of friends headed to North Wales for an extended weekend of adventurous fun.
Day one was spent sport climbing on some of the many limestone crags which can be found along the A55 corridor as you cross the border into Wales.
With day two being more overcast with a slight chance of rain, we opted for a pleasant walking and easy scrambling along the delightfully quiet Nantlle Ridge.
Day three brought the hottest day of the weekend, which was spent climbing in the vast slate quarries at Llanberis. After a hard day’s climbing, a spot of wild swimming in Llyn Padarn cooled and soothed our aching muscles.
On day four we headed for the beach in Abersoch where we enjoyed the wonderful company of more friends, playing beach volleyball, swimming and playing in the surf and generally relaxing, socialising and catching up with friends not seen in a while.
With the dawning of the final day of our trip, we once again headed for the limestone cliffs in Colwyn where we challenged ourselves further in a vertical world.
Returning to Saddleworth, we discussed and planned future adventurous, both in the UK and overseas, some of which I hope to write about here when completed.