Discover history and myth on easy walks in the mountains of North Wales...
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Snowdonia in North Wales is a land full of history and myth, as well as being one of the most stunning walking locations in the UK. On this sociable weekend you’ll be taken out on easy walks to discover the hidden side to Snowdonia – to hear about the stories that shaped this land through King Arthur, Welsh Princes, sheep farming and the massive remains of the slate industry.
The weekend is fully hosted and guided, and you’ll be staying in a great guesthouse in the shadow of Snowdon. All the walks are easy, as we’ll be focusing on exploring rather than heading to the peaks. If you would like to explore some of the Summits of Snowdonia we run a dedicated trip where the aim is to take in the heights.
In a nutshell:
- Enjoy a day and a half of easy guided walks exploring the hidden side to Snowdonia, with a friendly and knowledgeable guide.
- Relax in the guesthouse and enjoy freshly prepared food, and hot drinks whenever you want.
- Explore the beautiful mountains that make North Wales one of the most popular walking destinations in the UK.
- Meet a friendly group of fellow walkers who are all here with the same objectives, to have a social weekend and enjoy the outdoors.
About the Area
Snowdonia National Park
The first National Park in Wales, Snowdonia includes Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon, and a vast array of other peaks. Beyond the mountains, there are valleys, sandy estuaries, glacial lakes, forests and miles of walking trails. Bounded by the Rivers Conwy and Dovey in the East and South, the view to the North and West stretches over the sea, where on a clear day you can see the Llyn Peninsula, Cardigan Bay and even Ireland. Nestled among the mountains, you’ll find the history of the area, in sheep farming, forestry and slate mining, and settlements dating back thousands of years.
You’re welcome to arrive at the guesthouse at any time after 5pm, where your host will be there to meet you and introduce you to your fellow walking companions. From then on the evening is yours to relax with a cup of tea or a glass of wine in the lounge!
After an 8am breakfast we’ll head out on our day’s walks. What the leader decides to do very much depends on the weather and what the group expresses interest in on the Friday night, and we may even head out for a morning and afternoon walk rather than a full-day outing.
Some options of where we can visit include:
Cwm Idwal – One of the most striking glacial bowls in North Wales, Cwm Idwal is not far from the mighty peak of Tryfan, and is a nature reserve hosting a plethora of wild flowers (and feral goats!). We’ll see how the geology inspired Charles Darwin, and gaze up at the impressive Devil’s Kitchen.
Dinorwig Quarry – The great slate spoil tips that cascade down above Llanberis reveal what used to be one of the largest slate quarries in the world, and the powerhouse behind North Wales’ industrial revolution. There is an accessible series of paths that lead up through the quarries so we can have a look around, and see what the inside of a mountain looked like!
Ancient Settlements in the Carneddau – There are something over 1000 ancient sites in Snowdonia, and the Carneddau, the range of hills overlooking the North coast, are a great place to explore them. We can find 4000 year old settlements and burial cairns, and wonder what life must have been like here when the trees reached right up to the mountain summits.
Cwm Llan – Snowdon’s southern valley, Cwm Llan has a huge amount of history attached to it, from being one of the supposed last battles of King Arthur, to the place Gladstone opened the Watkin Path. There are also slate mines, a modern hydroelectric scheme, and the best views of Snowdon’s South ridge.
Saturday afternoon onwards
When the walk is over we’ll head back to the hostel, perhaps past a castle or one of the many excellent cafes. This evening we’ll be heading out to dinner in the local town, please note this is not included.
After breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the guest house and head out on our morning walk. We’ll be out for a few hours, finishing at around lunch time. Our walk will depend on what we’ve decided to do on Saturday, and what the group finds interesting. We could be wandering past Iron Age forts, medieval castles, or modern forests!
After the walk we’ll all head to somewhere for lunch before heading off. We hope the weekend will have given you a new insight into the history and culture of North Wales and the mountains, and show you that our great National Parks are for more than just summiting mountains.
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.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
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
“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