Explore the beauty of Snowdonia on easy walks and local adventures
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The mountains of North Wales are a spectacular backdrop to this relaxing three night weekend. We’re not heading for the peaks or Snowdonia, but instead enjoying the woodlands, valleys, sandy beaches and hillside views on this easy to moderate walking weekend – with plenty of time for café stops and seeing the local sights.
Alongside the famous peak of Snowdon there are miles of beautiful trails that people miss out if they just head for the summits. Instead of mountain-climbing, we’ll enjoy three guided walks into the hidden gems of North Wales, perhaps the towering grandeur of the Ogwen Valley, the forests of the Conwy or the ancient sites of Carneddau.
In a nutshell:
- Enjoy three guided walks, at an easy to moderate level, in the stunning scenery of Snowdonia.
- Explore the sights that make Snowdonia famous, from the legend of King Arthur, to thousands of years of mining history.
- Relax in our cosy hostel, with breakfast and packed lunch provided, and a Leader to accompany you through the long weekend.
- Let your worldly cares slip away as you discover the magic of North Wales.
- Friday 28th – Monday 1st August 2020
You can arrive at the hostel at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors leader will be there to meet you and introduce you to your walking companions. Dinner on the first night is included.
After an evening chatting to your leader about the plans for the weekend, you’ll be fully prepared with information about the excellent walks we have in store. The rest of the evening is yours to relax in the pub or prepare your walking kit for the next day.
Saturday and Sunday
After a sit-down breakfast and time to make packed lunches we’ll be off for the day walk. Our aim is for the walks to last most of the day, with opportunities in the afternoon to visit local villages or see historic sites.
Possible walk options for both days include:
Cwm Idwal and Penrhyn slate quarry – The dramatic raised valley of Cwm Idwal, with Llyn Idwal at its heart, is famous among botanists, geologists and climbers. Towering above the valley are the Idwal slabs, great hunks of rock that sustain rare flowers in tiny cracks and hidden gullies. The back of the Cwm is riven in half by the dark hole of the Devil’s Kitchen, and as the whole valley was Wales’ first nature reserve, there’ll be flowers to spot everywhere we look.
After an exploration of the valley, we can head on an optional tour of the local Penrhyn slate quarry, once the area’s main employer and the largest man-made hole on earth!
Betws y Coed forest walks – Surrounding the picturesque village of Betws y Coed, deep in the valley and surrounding the river, are vast conifer forests. We can head out on a walk to follow the great network of paths they have through the trees, discovering the history of the area and the surprising views that open out to the distant mountains.
After the walk, Betws y Coed itself has several excellent cafes and some great local craft shops to look around.
Nant Gwynant and Beddgelert – If you’re on the lookout for myths and legends then you’d be hard pressed to find somewhere with more drama than Beddgelert. The village used to be the main starting point for Snowdon walkers, including Wordworth back in the 19th century. The famous legend of the ‘grave of Gelert’ is based there, and the nearby hill of Dinas Emrys was where Merlin first appeared in British mythology.
We’ll go on a walk up the valley of Nant Gwynant, right next to the slopes of Snowdon, exploring beautiful lakes, the natural woodlands of Hafod y Llan, and the River Glaslyn.
Aber Falls and ancient sites – The 37m high Aber Falls on the northern slopes of the Carneddau is possibly the most impressive waterfall in Wales. We’ll walk to it and then head into the Carneddau to see some of the many ancient remains – there are over 1000 sites dating back 4000 years! From these slopes we can also see the north coast of Wales, the Isle of Anglesey, once home to the druids, and the Menai Straight.
Saturday and Sunday evening
After our adventures for the day are over, we’ll have time to freshen up before heading out to a great local pub for dinner. After that the evening is yours to enjoy!
We’ll have breakfast at 8am and make packed lunches for heading out for our final day walk, which could be one of the options above, or whatever our leader thinks you’d be most interested in. The benefits of having a qualified walking leader is that they’ll be able to design new routes depending on the weather and where you’ve been to on the days before. So you’ll be in safe hands!
We aim for the weekend to finish at around 4pm on the Monday afternoon, when it’s sadly time to head home.
About the location
Snowdonia National Park
Encompassing the highest and wildest mountains of North Wales, Snowdonia is a walkers’ paradise. From the Carneddau in the north to Cadair Idris in the south, the Park is an unbroken chain of mountains, interspersed with sandy estuaries, woodlands and valleys. The villages and towns that dot the landscape host classic mountain pubs, friendly cafes, and play host to the incredible history of this part of Britain. Whatever you come to Snowdonia for, you’ll want to keep coming back.
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 Train Station
Bus: There is a bus from the train station, number 85 which stops outside the guest house.
Taxi: A taxi from Bangor Station is roughly £30.
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.
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, double, triples and a 4 bedded rooms and 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
“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