Snowdonia cheese is produced by the Snowdonia Cheese Company. The family business is based in beautiful North Wales and has a distinctive range of award winning cheeses.
Snowdonia Cheese is produced in the seaside town of Rhyl in the county of Denbighshire, North Wales. Both Rhyl and Denbighshire aren't actually in Snowdonia National Park but are nearby. Denbighshire boarders the Snowdonia National Park.
The company that makes Snowdonia cheeses produces a luxury range which includes delicious chutneys using the finest ingredients. The finest milk, fresh sea air and the lush greenery of North Wales help give this cheese its exceptional flavour.
Their flagship cheese is the national and international award winning Black Bomber. This creamy and rich Extra Mature Cheddar is a great choice for even the finest cheese board.
Can you visit the Snowdonia Cheese Company?
Unfortunately, for health & safety reasons, Snowdonia Cheese Company don't do guided tours or allow the general public into their facility.
Is cheese a good source of energy for climbing Snowdon?
As they say “Life is great. Cheese makes it better” Avery Aames.
Cheese is packed with protein and calcium, which helps your muscles repair and rebuild after a strenuous physical activity like climbing. Additionally, cheese is rich in essential vitamins and minerals such as zinc and magnesium, which can help reduce fatigue and replenish lost nutrients.
For more expert and personalised advice to help you climb Snowdon successfully consider our inexpensive Snowdon hikes.
What is the best type of cheese to bring for climbing?
All of the theory above is useful information but the cheese produced by the Snowdonia Cheese Company use natural ingredients to produce moreish cheese.
We often have a cheese and chutney wrap when we climb Snowdon as it tastes so good and gives us enough energy. If you are going to take cheese it's probably best to avoid soft cheeses (especially on a hot day) and stick to hard cheeses such as cheddar.
Complimenting your cheese with a delicious chutney will give you the quick glucose hit you need when you are tired.
The choices from Snowdonia Cheese Company are...
Black Bomber - An extra mature cheddar
Rock Star - A rich cave aged cheddar
Truffle Trove - Extra mature cheddar with black summer truffle
Red Storm - Vintage Red Leicester
Green Thunder - Mature cheddar with roasted garlic and herbs
Beechwood - Mature cheddar smoked over beechwood chips
Red Devil - Red Leicester with habanero chillies and peppers
Ruby Mist - Mature cheddar with port and brandy
Pickle Power - Mature cheddar with pickled onion
Amber Mist - Mature cheddar with whiskey
Ginger Spice - Cheddar with crystallised ginger
Bouncing Berry - Mature cheddar with cranberries
Best time to eat cheese when climbing Snowdon
Eating cheese after a mountain climb can be an extremely beneficial way to refuel and recover.
Cheese is high in calories (which is good when you are climbing mountains) and has lots of beneficial nutrients such as bone building calcium and muscle building protein.
A study in The Journal of Nutrition found that "30g of cheese can synthesize more muscle protein cells... during the recovery process, helping rebuild muscle faster".
Cheese is a good food to eat after climbing Snowdon as it will help you rebuild muscles in your tired legs after a long day on the mountain... Eating cheese post-mountain climb may help your body recover faster.
Disadvantages of cheese
Cheese is also high in fat. According to sports nutritionist Kelly Jones writing in Runners World "...foods which are high in fat can leave you feeling sluggish and lethargic".
Better foods for climbing a mountain are carbohydrate rich as they are good sources of energy. Keep reading to discover the best foods to eat before, during and after your hike...
What to eat before you climb Snowdon?
Before you climb, eating carbohydrate rich foods which releases energy slowly, such as rice or pasta or our personal favourite... porridge, is perfect.
Carbohydrates provide your body with long-term energy that is released slowly over time, which is ideal for extended physical activities like mountain climbing. It will keep you satiated over time!
What to eat during your climb?
During the hike your body needs sugary foods (a big reason we like hiking). This is because they have a high GI (Glycaemic Index) content which causes a rapid increase in blood glucose giving you energy quickly.
Foods such as:
Sugar and sugary foods such as chocolate or sweets (this is why we climb mountains)
Sugary soft drinks
Bananas/ Dates/ apples
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