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 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.
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!
Dinner is served at 8pm, and then we’ll go over the plans for the weekend.
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:
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, and there’ll be plenty of time to work out plans for the next day.
After breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel, 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.
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.
The address is: Dol Peris, High Street, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4HA
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.
For this weekend we provide the following meals: evening meal on Friday, breakfasts, and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk. On Saturday night we head to a local pub for dinner which is not included. On the Sunday, we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch, which is not included.
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. We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own.
This is offered on a single sex shared room basis. The venue also has a limited number of twin, single and double rooms. All bedding is provided but you will need to bring your own towel.
Please note we are unable to accept dogs on this weekend, with the exception of registered guided dogs which are welcome on all of our trips.
What our members have to say...
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016
I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014
I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008
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