That sounds very sweet. No view when we did it as a storm closed in and the wind was pushing us uphill. Still enjoyed the bleak beauty of it though.
Did you ride the rangers path 100% without dabbing
No, there were lots of dabs,I'm no mountain biking hero, just didnt think it was all that much fun.I'm not trying to say its boring, or too easy, or imply my skills are immense (they are certainly not), just didnt like it much.
Julians, are you sure you were on the same mountain?
I am wondering if I was.
are you one of the people who say "there's loads better stuff in wales than snowdon" but never actually tell us where?
Thought llanberis down was much more fun than rangers, maybe its just not my thing. For me its not about whether a trail is hard or easy for me, its whether its fun,whether I enjoy it, didnt find rangers or TV much fun.
Maybe Rangers was too hard for me? TV certainly wasnt too hard.
fair enough personal preference, sorry thought you were poo pooing all of snowdon. I've done trails beyond my skill level that I didn't like and some that I really enjoyed, likewise some "easy" trails can be good others a bit meh, fun is hard to define sometimes.
Wouldn't mind giving llanberis a go but looks a bit tame for the most part, think it would have to be a second run down with rangers or rhyd ddu as the first, gonna have difficulty getting mates to join me in 2 ascents of snowdon tho
avoiding crowds would probably be quite difficult too.
I agree with julians, I much prefer the Llanberis path to the rangers. Don't know why, just do.
it's wales, 50/50 chance the view will be of the
insideabove of cloud
@jedi couldn't agree more, re: self sourced will get the maps out the weekend and do some research with a beverage in hand. Planning a trip and want to have a couple of days riding with Snowden and Cadr Idris as part of the mix. They are on my 50 things for my 50th list.
im really keen to tick this off. preliminarily penciled in friday oct 3rd weather permitting. probably climb up Llanberis path and descending down Rangers/TV as it my first time. tempted with the Rhyd Ddu descent but need to check out the much fabled rangers path really.
just trying to decide whether its a drive there and back in a day job or to to stay the night before and get out nice and early? its past the curfew so thats not really an issue but still be plenty of walkers tho i imagine?
wheres good to stay the night before? somewhere nice-ish, not after the four seasons but something comfortable would be good?
@jaffejoffer Nita's B&B in Llanberis is always a good bet. Or if you're wanting to start from the Ranger side, then the Ranger hostel is about as well placed as you'll get.
I rode Snowdon last November with the intention of doing the rangers path as I'd done llanberis pass before.
The bikers I spoke to warned me off rangers as its been toned down (their words not mine)
I could see huge white bags on the route from where they were doing work.
On the way back down llanberris (which is awesome) spoke to a bloke pushing up who said he'd done the rangers path and it was that bad he was going back up again to do the llanberris pass just to get a good run.
I really want to do the rangers pass but I don't want to waste 2 hours pushing my bike up to be disappointed I didn't do llanberris pass.
Has anyone ridden rangers before and after the work?
Just don't make the same mistake i did by going up Llanberis and coming down the rangers expecting a short ride back . 16 miles with supertacky minions on after climbing and descending that even on the road took some doing
Id not done my research and just turned up on the day !!!!
^ interesting post Damascus. may consider going up Llanberis, down Rhyd Ddu, up Rangers then back down Llanberis? miss out the Telegraph valley then tho
makkag - sounds like you missed the turn off for Telegraph Valley at the bottom of the Rangers??
its meant to be a short but steep climb, then a nice singletrack cruise back to Llanberis...
The point where you cut up is very non-distinct, the path is contouring round a steep grass bank. There is/used to be a small finger post pointing the way. It's about halfway between the two walls/gates before the zig-zags down to the hotel, i.e. just after the second gate which is about a mile after the technical bit.
I did indeed I even-remember it i stopped there and saw sign to Llanberis but Knobby here thought that path looks good and carried on all the way down to rangers path Hostel where the guy laughed at me
road? yeah. you missed an option to the right there...
We rode it about 2 months ago, up Llanberis and down Rangers/TV. I thought it was excellent, not particularly gnar but that's fine by me and it was more about the day/achievement. There were some fairly tricky bits on rangers still, I certainly wouldn't avoid it and can't see how Llanberis would be better.
actually this thread is only a week old - the guys on page 1 have ridden rangers since last Novemeber...
think ill stick to my original plan...
yeah, the stepping work on the rangers zig zags has been finished and its a tinsy bit easier perhaps but i wouldn't say its massively different or 'worse'. either way its about 10-20m so its incidental. Theres plenty of washed out stoney scree to sketch down before and after if thats what you want.
I think Rangers is like a big version of nan beild if that helps anyone.
Rode the Rangers path down on Saturday morning, Llanberis up and Ranger down - cracking run down on the whole, top section pretty open and loose, plenty to keep it interesting though. Turns into some reasonably technical lines and gets tighter into a load of switchbacks, drops down quite quickly and then runs out along quite a flowy singletrack which you can see disappearing in the distance.
Few pointers if your're fancying it... After the flowy singletrack which seems to disappear in distance, you'll find a gate and wooden post indicating right (up a grass slope - take this!!!) or you can do what we did, look ahead at the rolling singletrack dissappearing over the brow of the hill to a stunning valley, which is fairness is a nice ride down for another 10-15mins..... Until at the lake, and then the extent of how far it is by road back to Llanberis. Which after 3hrs of riding on Sunday, an hour ride back by road was pretty grim!!
The Telegraph valley sounds the right way.
One more thing, if you're camping to get early start... Cracking campsite at the top of Llanberis (Llwyn Celyn Bach -LL55 4SR) which you can cycle up out of and traverse across onto Llanberis path avoiding dropping back down to start and saving some elevation.
I was very impressed and plan to do it again in next couple of months.Posted 2 weeks ago #
jedi - Member
I dont care how easy or hard the trail was. It was something we wanted to do. Sun setting on a blue bird day ride
And that is the important bit...!Posted 2 weeks ago #
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