(This had ended up a long post apologies, skip to the last para if you want) Went up snowdon on Saturday, only second time I've been and it was much busier than last time, going up llanberis trail, loads of walkers across the trail having a natter not noticing us coming up behind even with "excuse me"s and ringing our bells, slightly tiresome but no easily forgiveable, nothing to get worked up about. When they do hear you turn and see you then carry on blocking the trail is a bit more bothersome, or more amusing when they all shuffle around sideways and end up stil blocking the trail, ho hum. Nope it got worse. I was climbing well and later pushing but forging on at a good pace, sun was out, a bit chilly but we're out in a glorious bit of country side doing what we love, so a cheery "good morning" and "hard work isn't it?" Got a few replies, a few ignored me but a significant minority scowled or tutted. Woman with a dog proper blanked me, mate further behind also a dog owner so said something to her about the mutt, whatever it is dog owners chat about, she blanked him too.
Got worse on the way down, the top section was heaving so we took it easy we'd see people walking up a 10m section of tech stuff so wait at the top, next group behind would see us waiting but enter the section anyway, and he next group and the next. Would take us a few seconds to clear the section but had to wait ages for some nice walkers to let us through. On another bit it looked like we were good to go, just a group of 4 walkers stood chatting right near the end so we chanced it, sure enough as we approached they took a step to the side (1 step, either direction was fine) except for 1 lady who stood stock still in the middle of the trail, tricky approach but I could see she wasn't for moving so I braked and stopped in front of her but no where to put my foot down so fell sideways. It was a protracted fall so took a while and I could hear her yelping "oh shit oh shit oh shit" I felt like looking up and saying "chill out I'm not going to land on you, just trying not to hurt myself here" She had a moan, was going to argue the case (I wasn't going fast and had stopped in time) but figured I was onto a loser. Further down rangers I passed a couple said "hi one more rider behind me", wide section and they stood aside so plenty of room, bit further down another group say "your mates crashed" so I stop, "yep he nearly took out that couple" I mention the wide space, cautious rider and I'd bet he wasn't actually very close. sure enough my mate confirmed he was a good distance from the couple but this group wanted to make out it was a near miss. Further on more people sat in the 3' wide trench that is the trail, it's a tricky corner I fancy riding it my mate was going to be walking it anyway so goes ahead asks if these people are ok and is it ok if we ride through, everyone's fine, a lady shuffles her bum about 6 inches and they continue to sit blocking 80% of the trail. Some nice grass either side of the trail for them to sit on, as other walkers are doing while they rest, not these guys tho, they stay put. Another couple further down grunt at both of us presumably having issues with us riding within 6' of their dog (off the lead naturally)
I guess I do tend to stay away from honeypot trails normally but that was without doubt the most oppressive ride I've been on, so much grumpiness, don't get me wrong there were some cheery folks up there who we chatted to but there were a lot of people blanking us and a hardcore who presumably just hated cyclists. Does snowdon have a lot of problems with rider/rambler interaction? Were we just unlucky? Or is it the usual once in a while countryside users turning up and not wanting to share? Will be thinking carefully about timing next time I go, wasn't exactly a sunny bank holiday weekend tho, that must be hell (but I guess all BHs fall within the ban anyway) was a chilly day and the top was still covered in snow I was in a great mood, dead chilled out, relaxed and patient, more so than usual I'd say, but still had problems. Is it often like this?