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The rolling hills of Snowdonia, staggering views over the Conwy Valley right from our hostel, waterfalls and miles of trails and fresh air.

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple walk options available See itinerary below
    for more details

Join us on a walking weekend in Snowdonia as we explore the Carneddau mountains, the eastern part of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Basing ourselves at the rustic and fantastically placed Rowen YHA we’ll head out to discover the more gentle side of these peaks, on two relatively low level walks with the best views.

With food and good company included, this is the perfect walking weekend for those of you that want to discover the quieter side of Snowdonia – you’ll be a true insider!

In a nutshell:

  • Explore the mountain scenery of North Wales on two guided walks with an experienced leader.
  • See the best local sights, from the great peaks of the Carneddau to the peaceful River Conwy and the forests of the Conwy Valley.
  • Relax in the cosy hostel with hot mugs of tea and a stunning view, while your Large Outdoors host prepares the food.
  • Make some excellent new friends and share your love of the outdoors.

About the area

Snowdonia National Park

The Snowdonia National Park in North Wales is widely recognized as one of the most incredible landscapes in Britain, if not Europe. The high peaks flow over to rolling hillsides as gushing streams fall to sandy beaches, meandering rivers, and the crash of waterfalls. Here the sea is never far away from the crags, and the possibilities for adventure range from gentle walks to watersports, to high mountain climbing.

The Carneddau mountains in the east of the National Park cover 10% of the area and are the largest expanse of high ground in England and Wales. They are bordered to the east by the deep Conwy Valley, and have been lived in for thousands of years – indeed there are over 1000 ancient sites recorded in these hills. Alongside the natural wonders, there are cosy mountain villages, the dramatic Conwy Castle, pubs and cafes everywhere you look, and wildlife bringing life to these remote and spectacular valleys.

Walks from Rowen YHA in Snowdonia


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Friday – from 5pm onwards

You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will greet you and introduce you to your fellow walking companions. From then until dinner is served at 8pm the evening is yours to relax, with one of our endless hot drinks, or maybe something stronger.

After dinner we’ll give you a briefing about the weekend and let you know what the walk options are for the next day.


After breakfast and the chance to make packed lunches it’s time to head out on our day’s walk. It’s likely we’ll be walking from the hostel, or from very close by. Your guide will decide where the best place is on the day, but we’ll aim to be out for 6-7 hours, with enough time for snack stops and lunch.

Walks from Rowen YHA in Snowdonia

  • The two lakes of Cwm Dulyn

    Starting a very short drive from the hostel (to save walking along the road), we’ll walk up the wild and remote Dulyn valley, mostly on good tracks, and visit the twin lakes that stand underneath the impressive cliffs of Craig y Dulyn. Above us will be Carnedd Llewellyn, the third highest mountain in Wales, and a great backdrop for our walk. We’ll head back through the valley on the other side, seeing a Neolithic settlement and Iron Age hill-fort before returning to the cars.

  • Drum

    Standing near the hostel, the shapely yet accessible summit of Drum could make an excellent walk. Starting from the hostel door, we’ll walk up to the Bwlch y Ddeufaen (the pass of two stones), named after the two standing stones near the top of the pass. We then take a gently-angled track right to the summit of Drum, where views will range from the Conwy Valley all the way round the coast to Angelsey and the high Carneddau. Descending from Drum over some beautiful mountainside, we’ll reach paths that take us straight back to the hostel.

  • Other Options:

    There are a wide variety of local walks we can go on, from excursions up to the peak of Tal y Fan, which stands near the hostel, to a walk up to the famous Aber Falls along the coast. There are also plenty of other valleys cloaked in forest that lie to the south of the hostel where we can find miles of happy wandering.

Afternoon onwards

Once we’ve returned to the hostel, the evening is yours to relax and have a drink in the lounge, reliving the day’s adventures as the Large Outdoors team prepare dinner. We’ll be eating at 8pm but there’ll be snacks beforehand, and remember if you want an alcoholic drink you may want to buy some before you get to the hostel on Friday, as it’s quite remote – though there is a pub a short walk away.

Walks from Rowen YHA in Snowdonia


After another sit-down breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel, making our way to the location for our Sunday walk. There are lots of options, but to give you a flavor here’s a taste of what you can expect:

  • The Conwy Riverside

    Walking from near Rowen, we’ll head along paths that take us through the farmland and woodlands that border the River Conwy, passing by Canovium Roman Fort and enjoying great views of the river and the hills behind us where we’ll have spent the previous day.

  • Conway Mountain

    Don’t let the name mislead you, this isn’t a big hill! But standing right over Conwy harbor and the estuary it’s got some of the best views in North Wales, looking back at the Carneddau and down at the imposing Conwy Castle, built by Edward I to control the rebellious Welsh. We’ll walk up it and explore the mountain’s three summits before descending back down to Conwy itself.

Early Afternoon

We’ll aim to finish the Sunday walk at around 2pm and then go to the pub for lunch, giving you the option of heading off if you have a long drive home. We normally find that people just want to enjoy the atmosphere of North Wales for a few hours more and tuck in to one last great meal of the weekend! We’re normally finished by 3pm when it’s sadly time to leave Snowdonia, hopefully with plans to return.

Our Base:

Rowen YHA stands in the hills above the Conwy Valley, with an elevated position and fantastic views of the river and the hills. There’s a comfy lounge and an open fire – perfect for relaxing in the evenings.

Please note:

This hostel is at the top of a very steep road. Extra care should be taken. Sat Nav’s will normally stop a few hundred metres from the hostel. Just keep going it is the last building where the the tarmac’d surface runs out.

Venue Address:

Rowen YHA
Rhiw Farm
LL32 8YW

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What our members have to say...

  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
    Member Since 2016
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
    Member Since 2016
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