Winter in Snowdonia

By Hollie Harmsworth

The winter season is my favourite time to get out an explore Snowdonia. I’ve always enjoyed the colder months, I love to pull on the layers, fill my rucksack with the essentials (flask of tea, snacks, camera and spare socks!) and head out in to the hills.

Although the reality of a welsh winter usually means hiking through rain, wind and lots of boggy land, it’s those dark moody days I love the most. When the clouds hang just below the peaks, in between the rain showers. It’s quiet and the freezing air bites but the landscape takes on whole new appearance, more defined and more dramatic.

The snow will come and go and come and go some more and every time you visit the views and colours of the land will change. From complete monochrome to the golden tones of the mountain flora. On the occasional (very rare) day you may be blessed with clear blue skies and a fresh blanket of snow and whilst such an experience can’t help but fill you with joy and wonder, me and my lens will always be drawn to those moody days.

 Snowdon

Snowdon

 Looking over to Moel Siabod from Llyn Llydaw

Looking over to Moel Siabod from Llyn Llydaw

 Cwm Idwal

Cwm Idwal

 Glyder Fawr

Glyder Fawr

 Y Garn

Y Garn

 Carneddau Pony and Tryfan

Carneddau Pony and Tryfan

 Pen Yr Ole Wen

Pen Yr Ole Wen

 Hiking in the snow

Hiking in the snow

 Moel Siabod in the distance

Moel Siabod in the distance

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 Looking across the Ogwen Valley from Crimpiau

Looking across the Ogwen Valley from Crimpiau

 Crimpiau

Crimpiau

 
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My name is Hollie Harmsworth. I am a filmmaker and photographer from Conwy, North Wales. Image making has been my life for some time now and my work combines this with my love for nature, the outdoors and travel