Viewing page 21 of 101

Ascent of Cnicht.

oaten cake bread and butter coffee sugar &c. We then set off up the Cnicht mountain in search of Llyn Glacier. After a while we came to a couple of masons who were repairing a small house we inquired whether there was a path up the mountain one of them could speak enough english to direct us to a cottage from which there is a path. We then went on till we came to a long low building in which there was a woman whom we recognized as being one we had met and spoken to before. She said something in Welsh and pointed to a path smiling all the time she was so doing It is a well beaten but crooked path and along it there is a nice little stream which crosses it several times. We stopped to draw Snowdon when we were about half way up. We persevered on our journey and at last reached the lake just as it began to rain.
We sat behind a stack of peat or turf with our umbrellas over us looking at the scene which is very wild and stern and put us in mind of some of the Arabian Night stories. Father drew it while I held the umbrella over him. When he had finished it stopped raining. 
Near where we were there was a little colt with his mother and it seemed very happy as it pranced and galloped and neighed around its mother. A little further ahead there was a little lamb which appeared to have been attacked by a dog for it had no ears and it was lying down looking very much bruised.
[[end page]]

[[start page]]
View from Cnicht.

We now ascended a steep green hill across this there was a high badly built wall which we had some difficulty to cross.  By this time we had got high enough to view the sea on which we saw two vessels both rigged fore and aft and one had a top and topgalent sail  I thought that there might be an echo and trying found that there was one so we all got at it when we heard a rough gutteral sound and looking towards the sky we saw tow or three large gulls or some other bird very high up which had been brought out by our noise.  We then went on till we came to the top where there was a small lake and we had a view of Snowdon and the sea &c.   Then taking up our luggage we went on along the rige of the mountain till we came to a  promontory from which we had a view of the valley of the [[Sedon ?]] and Dolwyddelan castle.
After resting a while and admiring the view we persevered till we reached Lllyn Edno where we intended to take dinner.
When we got there we started a fire with some turf and an old fishing pole which we had taken the procaution to bring with us and set on it a pot of water to boil which it soon did and spreading out our victuals on a flat stone we enjoyed it very much.  After it we left mother to draw some rocks and Lilly to take the scraps of victuals and the remaining fire and make what she liked, while father and I went to some distance off to sketch Snowdon

Transcription Notes:
topgalent = topgallant tow = two rige = ridge Lllyn Edno = Llyn Edno

Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact