On our third and last day of being in Snowdonia, we did a more challenging and longer hike up Cadair Idris on day three, then visited the tallest waterfall, Pistyll Rhaeadr, in Wales and England at 240 feet on the last day.
Day 3: Cadair Idris
At first we contemplated whether we would hike Cadair Idris or Snowdon, which are both on the list of best and top hikes in Snowdonia, but we decided on Cadair Idris. We later learned from a local that Idris has the better views and happened to be more challenging. Without knowing so, we were happy with our selection. The hike up was great, a good workout with beautiful views. The ascent was vertical the entire way up, and the elevation gain was about 3,000 feet. When at the top, there were no tree lines blocking so we had a 360-degree view. It was both breathtaking and rewarding!
On my last post, I mentioned how dark it was where we stayed. There is no cell reception in the area, but there is a pay phone propped up out of nowhere. In daylight, the phone station looks a little out-of-place; but at night when it is lit up, it looks like something out of a sci-fi or horror movie.
Day 4: Pistyll Rhaeadr
If we had the time, we would have hiked from the barn to Pistyll Rhaeadr. But with the long drive back to London, we had to drive over to see the waterfall. The drive was windy, on narrow lanes, and then on single lanes at the last leg. It took forever, even though it was only a distance of 20 miles.
This concludes our time in Snowdonia. We had a blast and would love to return again someday to do all of the top hikes around there. This was definitely one of our favorite scenic trips!