‘Accustomed elsewhere to cold snowy winters, here the climate is unpredictable and predominantly wet, with ill-defined seasons. Spring, like the rest, is often wind-whipped, veiled in cloud and doused in rain. Nevertheless, it is distinguished by the flowering of the arctic alpines. The first of them is purple saxifrage, which flowers even under snow when there is any, in fragrant cushions on basalt rocks around the streams that flow into the llyn.’

Read more in the April 2018 edition of BBC Countryfile Magazine