Celebrate the turning of the year next to Wales’ highest mountain, and with miles of fantastic walks to explore.
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If ever there was a spectacular, inspiring and invigorating location in which to see in the New Year then the Welsh mountain village of Llanberis has to be it.
We’ve kept this four-night break to a maximum of just 20 guests, staying in the fantastically comfortable Dol Peris guesthouse offering tantalising views across to Snowdon and some real gems of easy walking routes through beautiful landscape.
If you want to go into the New Year feeling re-charged and ready for what 2019 holds, then keep reading!
In a nutshell:
- Reap the benefits of the mountain air and one of life’s other great tonics – good company
- Become a veritable Giddy Kipper as you walk amid the soaring peaks and tranquil valleys or along the atmospheric coastline that is an easy drive from Llanberis.
- Raise a glass to the New Year while getting toasty in front of the lounge log fire after devouring a lovingly prepared meal for the occasion.
- Relax and let Large Outdoors do the logistics, planning and route-finding.
Alternative New Year Trips:
- Lake District – Patterdale,this is our larger more party orientated trip, with around 75 people congregating in the spacious Scandi-style hostel in Patterdale with a sitting area made for socialising.
- North York Moors – Helmsley,if the larger hostel is not your thing then we have a smaller hostel in the pretty market town of Helmsley. With a max of 30 people this will have a more intimate feel, with excursions including a Spa day and a coastal day out to Whitby.
Instead of getting caught up in any frenetic charge into the New Year, we’ve decided that 20 guests should quite simply chill out and saunter into 2019 feeling invigorated and ready for the next 12 months.
So with that in mind, we’ve made our base the beautiful self-catering cottage Dol Peris in the heart of Snowdonia’s National Park
Saturday 29th December
You’re welcome to arrive at the guesthouse any time after 5pm. After sauntering towards the wood-burning stove with a cup of tea in hand while you meet your fellow guests, we’ll prepare an evening meal.
Over dinner, we’ll outline the plans for the next few days and then the evening is yours to enjoy, either continuing relaxing in the lounge or heading out for a sneaky pint in the pub just down the road.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (30th, 31st and 1st)
These are our walking days when we’ll be getting out all day to discover the area and see why Snowdonia is such a special place.
Our guide will have a number of options up his sleeve depending on the weather and what the group wants to do, but here are a few possibles for tasters:
- A walk up one of the easier peaks such as Moel y Ci or Moel Eilio, which overlooks Snowdon.
- A stroll along one of the stunning beaches on Anglesey
- A walk up the Nant Gwynant valley through ancient woodlands and past the two lakes of Llyn Dinas and Llyn Gwynant.
- A wander around Llyn Padarn, exploring the old slate workings opposite Llanberis.
If you don’t feel like walking on any of the days then that’s absolutely fine. There are plenty of other excursions to be had or you can simply chill out in front of the log fire with a good book.
Each evening we’ll either prepare dinner or head out the pub for a meal. However we need to highlight plans for the Big Night itself as follows:
New Year’s Eve
After a slightly shorter day out, we head back to Dol Peris to allow enough time for the Large Outdoors team to roll up their sleeves and create a special feast for the evening ahead. Ok, many of guests also pitch in with the preparation so we can’t claim all the credit.
Expect a three-course meal followed by a cheeseboard that pays homage to some regional fromage and of course, some celebratory bubbles to raise a glass to the New Year.
Wednesday 2nd January
This morning we’ll pack up and leave the guesthouse. Check out is by 10am, and if you want to stay in the area for longer we are more than happy to give you suggestions for another day’s walking or sightseeing.
About the Area
Snowdonia National Park
Encompassing the mountains, valleys, coast and rivers of much of north-west Wales, Snowdonia is famous for the magnificent mountain of Snowdon, but there is so much more to see and do. There are miles of pristine beaches, myths and legends about King Arthur among the hills, ruined castles to explore, and some excellent pubs and cafes! All of the valleys have accessible walking routes for all abilities, and the area is known as a Dark Sky Park, meaning your view of the night sky is so good that on a clear night you’ll see thousands of stars. Snowdonia is one of the prime destinations for walkers, nature lovers and adventurers, as well as those who just want to admire the landscape and sample the unrivalled atmosphere of this part of Wales.
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.
- We include two evening meals but on two nights we will head out for a pub dinner and this is not included.
Travel to the venue:
Driving – There is plenty of free parking at the hostel.
Public Transport – There are direct bus from Bangor train station.
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...
“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
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