Nothing beats waking up at 6am, driving for over two hours and being greeted with wind, rain and zero phone signal. Wait I’m joking, of course, what I really meant to say was, after a long 2-hour drive where you left home at 6am, nothing can beat the sight of Snowdonia National Park in Wales. There was plenty of wind, a fair amount of drizzle and there was a distinct lack of phone signal. And no, I’m not moaning because I wanted to check my Instagram, it’s the remote control for our DJI Mavic Pro Drone!
I thought I’d share with you how we prepared, what I wore and why we chose the areas to stop at that we did, just in case, you fancy a trip! Just keep an eye on path names, we took a wrong turn and ended up on an advance hiking course without realising and ended up proper clambering over rocks which I struggled with my tiny legs!
Why We Chose Snowdonia
We knew we wanted to get out to somewhere really picturesque with the drone as it was something we really wanted to since getting Malcolm the Mavic! Where we were staying in Shropshire was totally stunning but we wanted to venture out to somewhere a little further than the Shropshire Hills, make a day of it! From where we were staying we could have easily got to the Peak District, Malvern Hills or Brecon Beacons but Snowdonia National Park really caught our eye! Plus, after doing some research you can’t fly a drone in some of the other places which did sway us a little obviously, whereas Snowdonia just ask you to fly safely and sensibly which we do anyway! After watching a few videos of Snowdonia we were 100% sure it was where we wanted to go and we planned our trip!
How We Prepared
We wanted to utilise the time we had in Snowdonia as we only had a few hours after the drive there and before we’d lose sunlight. So before we left we did some research to see where we wanted to end up on Google Maps. We had a little look at images on Google Images first to see if there was anywhere we liked the look of, found an area we loved the look of, found the name of the area was Llyn Idwal and dropped a pin in it on Google Maps. We headed into street view and checked out the area and fell a little in love! It was the perfect place to drone about, take some snaps and take in the beauty. Being a lake in between a few mountains meant we had to find some local parking so we used Goole Maps to hunt down the National Trust – Carneddau and Glyderau Car Park where it was £2.50 for a whole days parking. We also wanted to move to a different location to really make the most of our day and where better to head to the Mount Snowdon when in Snowdonia! We looked for parking in the area and found the Pen-y-Pass Car Park which was only a 20-minute drive from the Carneddau and Glyderau Car Park; brilliant!
On the day we made a packed lunch, took lots of bottled water and made sure we wrapped up warm as the weather can change severely in seconds.
What I Wore
As mentioned, the weather can change so rapidly from one extreme to the next so we had to be prepared for whatever was thrown at us. We had been checking the weather religiously to have an idea of what we’d have to deal with. I wore tights to ensure I was proper toastie underneath my black 311 Shaping Skinny Jeans from Levi that are my total go-to jeans, I have them in three colours! On my top half, I really layered up; I had my NASA souvenir tee, a check shirt from Zara and a black guitar print jumper from Forever 21. My lush red hooded toggle jacket was from LOTD and I loved how well it stood out from the background. It was super warm, kept me dry in the rain and the hood was dead helpful keeping my head warm too as I forgot to grab my hat! I did chuck a huge tartan scarf and my fingerless mittens from Accessories to keep extra toastie. I did also buy some Gelert walking boots and thermal socks from Sports Direct to make sure my little toes were kept warm too!
Have you ever fancied a trip to Snowdonia?