Celebrate Christmas in the beautiful mountains of North Wales
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Mountain scenery, the relaxing sounds of a nearby stream, log burner, comfy sofas, good food and great company – it’s time to crank up the Hygge (Danish for cosy) factor over Christmas.
With this five-night break we’ve brought together all the elements for making this Christmas a special one with a heady combination of lovely walks, sociable evenings in a welcoming atmosphere and quite frankly, plenty of good cheer.
Our guesthouse in the delightful village of Llanberis is a good starting point for a Hygge Christmas complete with tree and festive decorations, and then we’ve added plenty more seasonal offerings including serving mulled wine and roast turkey on the Big Day itself.
Each day guests are free to do as much or as little as they want, whether they want to don their walking gear and venture out into Snowdonia’s loveliness or mooch around and enjoy some ‘downtime’ in the cottage or the local hostelries.
In a nutshell:
- Five nights, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, spent in the atmospheric, tranquil mountain surroundings of Snowdonia’s National Park.
- Four days of guided walks through varied scenery whether it’s beautiful valleys quiet woodland or bracing stretches of coastal headland.
- Two meals in pubs, three evening meals in the guesthouse and all breakfasts and packed lunches.
- A Partridge in a pear tree! No seriously, a chance to spend Christmas in ridiculously good company combining exercise with plenty of socialising.
Day 1 – 22nd December
As you pitch up at the Dol Peris guesthouse with the lights beckoning you in and the smell of the pine tree, we defy even the most Scrooge-like guests not to feel just a tad Christmassy.
You’re welcome to arrive any time after 5pm by which point we’re usually poised over the kettle making cups of tea for guests as they step through the door and gravitate towards the log burner.
Later in the evening, by which time the chatter is normally interspersed with plenty of laughter, we all congregate round the dinner table for the first night’s meal.
If we manage to get a word in, we take the opportunity to talk you through the plans for the next few days!
Days 2-5 – 23rd-26th December
On each of these days we’ll be heading out on easy day walks to explore the area, though on Christmas Day we make it a shorter adventure to allow time to get back and start preparing the big meal!
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walks nearby and it really depends on the number of miles and type of walk the group would like to do each day.
Rest assured, our guide will have a number of options up his sleeve whether it’s strolling round the scenic shores of Llyn Padarn, walking up one of the smaller hills such as Moel y Ci or venturing into the dramatic lake and stream scenery of Nant Gwynant.
After the walks are over we’ll head back to the guesthouse and either settle in for a night of freshly prepared food by the host, or head out into Llanberis itself.
For those wanting to enjoy a pint in the pub, well there’s one just a few steps away from Dol Peris, plus there’s a shop for re-stocking essential Christmas tipples or other celebratory treats!
While none of our walks are aimed at being taxing, guests are most welcome to enjoy a day off at any point during their stay, particularly as the guesthouse lounge makes a great place for simply chilling out and reading a book.
Day 6 – 27th December
Departure day – normally characterised by guests lingering somewhat, swapping contact details and making plans for meeting up again.
About the Area
Snowdonia National Park
Encompassing the mountains, valleys, woodlands and much of the North Wales coast, the Snowdonia National Park is one of the best hill-walking destinations in the country. Though well known for its most famous mountain, Snowdon, there are a huge number of other peaks, standing beside sandy river estuaries, acres of forest, and landscapes cloaked in myth and legend. Walking on the miles of excellent trails, you’ll pass medieval castles, sites where King Arthur was rumoured to have fought, Roman forts, and the modern remains of the slate industry. Alongside all this, the area’s unique wildlife is yours to search out, before retiring to one of the many excellent pubs or cafes.
Who will be looking after you...
Good to know:
We’ll be staying in Dol Peris in Llanberis, the village that lies right at the foot of Snowdon. The guesthouse has a selection of shared, twin, double and single rooms; it has excellent views and a comfy lounge.
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Bangor
Bus: There is a bus from the train station, number 85 which stops outside the venue. You can view the current timetable here…
Taxi: A taxi from Bangor Station to Llanberis is roughly £35.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
- 5 nights guest house accommodation.
- 4 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
- Three evening meals, please note we will eat out in local pubs on two nights and these meals are not included.
- Breakfasts and packed lunches for day walks.
- Christmas gifts and festive treats.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Rooms: This venue has a mix of single, twin, triples and one 4 bedded room. We only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
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What our members have to say...
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!ClaireMember Since 2016
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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember 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.ElizabethMember Since 2016