If you’ve fancied walking some of the wilder, boggier sections of Snowdonia but don’t fancy sinking waist deep into the mire then 2017 might be the year for you. After an extremely dry winter, with a dry spring forecast, the boggy sections are going to be at their driest for a few years. Here’s a few muddy routes that we think will be vastly improved under these nicely dry conditions.
We don’t think that there are any unavoidable and boggier sections of Snowdonia than the walk between Carnedd y Cribau and Moel Meirch in the Moelwynion. Yes you can seek out boggier sections of land easily enough, but this surely has to be the wettest ‘ridge’ walk anywhere in the park? I’ve nearly lost a companion in these bogs once. Though when you think you can merely walk over these bogs, you’re asking for it. Walking poles are ESSENTIAL!
There are plenty of opportunity for bog trotting in the rest of these hills, such as around Ysgafell Wen and across the A470 towards Moel Farlwyd.
This wild area has a reputation, and in drier weather it may well be easier to traverse. This is one for the brave!
While never that far from the road, the Migneint still has a feeling of wilderness that’s only matched by the Rhinogydd in Snowdonia.
Which ever way you take on this beast, you’ll need to tackle the bogs. Some of these involve narrow planks over tarns (ok, slight exaggeration), while other sections are more of your common or garden variety bog. The Llanuwchllyn route has the added ‘advantage’ of returning via the summit of Esgeiriau Gwynion, complete with boggy col and a hag ridden summit!
They may be a lowly 600 0dd metres in height, but they’re invariably challenging. While the bogginess of these hills is mainly a low level muddiness that wears away at your boots resistance slowly, they also have a few boot swallowers as you descend towards the northern end of the wide ridge.
There are plenty of other boggy walks we can think of, but none that really compare to the above routes! You could easily seek out even boggier terrain if you choose. Then again, you should probably consider taking up bog snorkelling.
Have we missed out a mire? Tell us in the comments below!