Aerial views Snowdon/Snowdonia

Starting with five fairly simiar views from the north, the first is a snowbound mountain from Zoomer. The Snowdon massif comprises the lower half of the picture whilst snow covered Snowdonia to the south takes up the top half. An impressive picture taken by Fotonix (John Rowlands) – link to pic



Just a slight sprinkling of snow, mainly where the railway tracks run. This view of the summit of Crib-y-Ddysgl and Yr Wyddfa are clearly prominent during a flight from Caernarvon to Kemble – link to pic. Photograph by Rowan Castle



An old 1968 aerial picture that features a prominent peak. The view is from an old book on Welsh scenery & scanned by Gwychder y Wyddfa – link to pic



Another old 1968 aerial views. This and the above view may have been done on the same survey. Its also from an old book scanned by Gwychder y Wyddfa – link to pic



An old Aerofilms picture that features a very prominent Yr Wyddfa, and snow bound railway tracks above Clogwyn Goch. The picture can be seen at Old Uk Photos – link to pic



A photograph by an amateur flying club at Otherton, from around 5000 feet showing Snowdon summit, Crib y Ddysgl (or Garnedd Ugain as some claim it is called) and Y Lliwedd – link to pic



Great picture of two Meteors flying over Snowdon. These planes were based at Llanbedr. The airbase had several other unique fighterplanes but was closed down in November 2004. There’s one other pic of the flight over Snowdon on mte453’s pages – link to pic



Flight over Snowdon in 2009, showing a fairly busy summit, with a train at Hafod Eryri. There is another view, looking straight down on the summit, in the same series. The pictures were taken by taffhutchings and can be seen at Panoramio – link to pic



Snowdon summit in 2007, showing the chaos ensued by the construction of Hafod Eryri. A building site for over two years in the making yet people still climbed the mountain in their droves. This picture was taken by Fran the Blue Ball and it can be seen at UKGA – link to pic



Two aerial photographs of Snowdon can be seen at Beaumaris Lifeboat’s pages. The better one shows Snowdon and Crib y Ddysgl (or “Garnedd Ugain” as some allegedly claim) whilst the other shows the summit with Crib Goch and Moel Siabod vsible – link to pic



A head on aerial view of Clogwyn Goch showing its deep ravine and dreaded cliffs, with Snowdon summit above. One of a series taken by shamu28. link to pic



Moving towards the south west, the summit of Snowdon becomes more prominent. It would appear that a flight over Snowdon is the only way to see the Wrekin from this part of the world! For many decades it was claimed that the Wrekin could be seen from Snowdon summit (and vice versa) but recent research by David Squires showed that it is impossible to see the other one from either summit! The photograph is by shamu28. link to pic



This excellent view of the Snowdon massif is one of my favourites. Its generally acknowledged that the view of Snowdon from the west is unglamorous. Well its certainly not brilliant compared to any of the views from the eastern and southern sides, or Rhyd Ddu/the Nantlle valley. Thats probably why some of the early paintings of the mountain (eg Wilson 1765) show a much higher summit.

This aerial certainly makes Snowdon seem much more impressive from the west than from the south or east! Just look at the picture and observe how high the summit of Yr Wyddfa is compared to all thats around it. Someone’s got their figures wrong for the summit is definitely higher than anyone thought!

Draw the Snowdon mountain railway’s route from near Halfway to the summit into the picture and you’ll find that the Snowdon Mountain Railway actually faces a quite hard climb all the way to the summit. This picture is one of those that clearly shows Snowdon is not at all an easy mountain to tackle. Photograph by Fredspickchers. link to pic



An excellent picture showing why the mountain weather is so unreliable and even a good day can have mixed results. On a beautiful sunny winter’s day the Snowdon massif and part of the Glyderau (Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach and Tryfan) are clear of cloud cover, whilst the rest of Wales’ 3000ft peaks (the Carneddau) are completely covered in cloud.

The picture was taken in 2005 and it shows the entire range of mountains from north east to south west. Right along the bottom of the picture can be seen much of the Conwy valley. The only other peak that is clear of cloud cover is Foel Fras, which is the last 3000plus summit that is traversed by many doing the Welsh 3000 peaks. Rarely is Foel Fras the first 3000plus summit to be tackled with Snowdon at the very end of the queue. link to pic



This is a most unique picture and its one I like very much. Instead of a close by aerial shot of Snowdonia’s mountains, this one shows them in the distance from just about where the Wirral ends and the North Wales holiday coast begins. The summit of Snowdon is roughly 30 miles distant.

Looking at the view, on the coastline can be seen the lengthy caravan park along Kinmel Bay between Rhyl and Abergele. The dark hill above Abergele (centre of picture) is Cefn yr Ogof. Its 669 ft high and commands great views along the North Wales coast, to Snowdonia, the Clwydian Range, the Wirral, Blackpool tower and the Lake District.

Above Cefn yr Ogof, on the right of centre is the snow capped Carnedds. Going left from these can be seen in this order: Y Garn, the Glyders (with the very top of Tryfan just visible) Crib-y-ddsgl immediately above the summit of Glyder Fawr. Then the summit of Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon, followed by Y Lliwedd, Moel Hebog, and a little further south Moel Siabod. This excellent shot was taken by Moose Malloy. link to pic


Snowdonia from the Air; Patterns in the Landscape is availabe online at the SNPA website. It shows many aspects of the national park and relates the many features such as hillforts, burial sites, castles, and industrialisation.

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