Discover the North Wales countryside on a social weekend away...
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If you’re new to Large Outdoors and you’re keen to explore one of our favourite destinations, we have the perfect weekend for you. Alongside a friendly group, and a welcoming host, you’ll explore the landscape on easy guided walks and sightseeing. Add in the cosy guesthouse, wood-burning stove and café visits and you have the ideal weekend break!
We’ll be exploring the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, the home of Wales’ highest peak, and also endless valleys, woodlands, beaches and riversides, where you can stroll along and forget all about the pressures of the modern world. If you like history, there’s always the impressive backdrop of a ruined castle or two to explore, and the impressive ruins of the slate quarries, gouged into the mountainside.
This weekend is suitable for all abilities, where we aim to head out on an exploration of the area; there’s no marching and no slogging, and we always stop to admire the view, take photos or sample cakes from a café! The evenings are yours to relax with a glass of wine in the lounge, chatting the night away.
In a nutshell:
- Perfect for new members and beginners wanting a relaxing weekend away.
- Explore Snowdonia with a friendly group, heading out on easy guided walks and sight-seeing.
- Relax in the guesthouse, with a log-burning stove, enjoy endless hot drinks, or head to the pub in the evening.
- Discover a whole new part of the country, with brooding castles, spectacular scenery, and excellent walking trails.
New Members – Snowdonia Social Weekend Dates:
- Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November 2019
- Friday 14th – Sunday 16th February 2020
You’re welcome to arrive on Friday from 5pm, where we’ll be there to help you get settled in and meet your companions for the weekend. Most people on our trips come on their own, so we know how important it is to be welcomed and immediately get involved. So it’s hot drinks, relaxing by the fire, or perhaps a wander down to the lake before the evening meal at 8pm!
On Saturday we like to start the morning with a social and leisurely breakfast before getting ready to head out for the day. Our options are endless; we could head down to Beddgelert and see the famous Grave of Gelert before walking to the nearby lake and along the Pass of Aberglaslyn. Or we could explore the ruins of the slate quarries opposite Llanberis, go and see the ruined Dolbadarn Castle, or maybe head over to Anglesey to explore the beach and paddle in the surf. Your leader will decide what the best plan is after looking at the weather and talking to the group on the Friday night. There will be one easy and gentle walk on offer over this weekend.
Once we’re back at the guesthouse you’ll have more than enough time to relax in front of the fire and relive the day’s adventures before we head out for dinner in a local pub.
For Sunday, we head out on a half-day to explore more of the National Park, perhaps seeing the medieval walls of Conwy and the surrounding woodland, or exploring the charming trails that lie around the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed. We’ll finish the walk around 1pm somewhere we can have lunch before it’s time to head off.
You’ll head away having had a thoroughly relaxing weekend away, getting plenty of fresh air, making new friends and discovering a new part of the country! The only difficult bit is deciding where to go next!
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 complete with log burner.
Arriving by Public Transport:
The easiest way to get to Dol Peris on public transport is a train to Bangor and the 85/86 bus from Bangor train station to Llanberis will drop you at the door. Just ask the driver for the Heights pub.
- 2 nights guest house accommodation, please note bedding and towels are supplied.
- 2 days of gentle guided day walks in Snowdonia. We occasionally use buses or pop on one of the heritage steam trains in Snowdonia and the cost of these is not included.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus breakfasts and packed lunch for Saturday. On Saturday night we will head out to a local pub for an evening meal.
- 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.
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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