On Friday 31 July, Bangor University hosted a group of 20 Chevening Scholars on our first overnight event; a weekend of culture and outdoor activities in one of the most stunning and dramatic parts of the UK.

The group learned about the history and culture of Wales before visiting the beautiful Penrhyn Castle and trying the traditional folk dance, the Twmpath.

The following day, the group set off early to ascend the heights of Mount Snowdon. Despite the challenging weather conditions, a group of hardy scholars managed to reach the summit for stunning views of Snowdonia National Park and the isle of Anglesey across the Menai Strait.

Scholar Dana Baddar commented: ‘After 3 excruciating hours we finally reached the Copa Summit of Mount Snowdon! I was exhausted and out of breath but I felt exhilarated! Happiness took over me and it all made sense. It is really interesting to see how much stamina, strength and perseverance one can have.

Now I get to go back home and say ‘I climbed the highest mountain in Wales!’ – Not too bad for a first time hiker.’

If you like the sound of this trip, why not apply for to study at Bangor University, where you can spend a year in North Wales. Applications are now open on our website.

The scholars started the weekend with a visit to Penrhyn Castle
On the saturday, they made their way up Mount Snowdon
Even braving the wind and rain to make it to the summit