A holistic weekend of yoga and easy walking, surrounded by the nature of Snowdonia...
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Switching off from normal life will be a cinch during this weekend that blends easy guided walking in the gloriously peaceful foothills of Snowdonia with beginners’ yoga sessions. Our weekend is based in the comfortable surroundings of our guesthouse.
In the summer months you can take your retreat up a notch with the option to also try out wild swimming, stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking.
In a nutshell:
- Unwind with two nights in a warm and cosy guesthouse located in the heart of Snowdonia National Park
- De-stress with guided walks through utterly peaceful and wild scenery that will rejuvenate the senses.
- Feel energised after two morning yoga sessions and relaxed after two evening yoga work-outs (all entirely optional – it’s up to you how many you would like to do).
- Options to go even more feral in the summer months with wild swimming, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding.
- Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July 2020
- Friday 7th – Sunday 9th August 2020
- Friday 9th – Sunday 11th October 2020
- Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November 2020
- Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th January
- Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th February (Half term)
- Friday 19th – Sunday 21st February
- Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th July
- Friday 24th – Sunday 26th September
- Friday 12th – Sunday 13th November
When you turn up at Dol Peris, our guesthouse for the weekend, it will be hard not to take a breather from everyday life as the glimpses of mountain views and the sounds of the stream trundling through the village of Llanberis both work their magic.
Feel free to arrive at the guesthouse any time after 5pm when our Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you, introduce you to the other guests and show you to your room.
After that, all you need do is grab a cup of tea and settle in to the weekend until 6.30pm when it’s time to grab your exercising togs with our first hour-long yoga session that will shrug off any stresses. Please note you will need to bring your own yoga mat.
By 8pm the guesthouse will be alive with the hum of chatter coming from relaxed guests as we serve the first of our evening feasts and look out at the mountain views.
If you’re an early bird and want to start the day with some stretching then there’s a 7am beginners’ yoga session that will set you up for the day’s adventures.
An alternative tonic could be a quick pre-breakfast stroll through the village or feel free to lie-in until breakfast.
Afterwards we head out for a day’s walking with a route that can be as easy or as challenging as the group wants. However we aim to stay at a low level and explore the fantastically varied scenery that can encompass anything from valleys, woodland, coast and some small hills.
There will be one walk on offer today and to give you an idea here are some sample routes:
Nant Gwynant and Beddgelert – Starting from the achingly beautiful village of Beddgelert there’s an undulating trail that snakes its way through the valley alongside rivers and lakes, and gently climbs up the flanks of the surrounding hills.
As you stroll along you’ll forget the miles being covered as the expansive views down the Nant Gwynant valley open up and you marvel at the majestic beauty of Snowdon itself.
Moel Siabod – This hill lies in splendid isolation from the other main peaks in North Wales and is all the better for that as it remains less of a honeypot for walkers and yet offers beautiful walking.
With good tracks and views aplenty, Moel Siabod is a great introduction to hill walking with just the right amount of challenge that pushes people without it being a scary route march.
Forests of Betws-y-Coed – The village of Betws-y-Coed is surrounded by forest and low undulating hills, speckled with lakes, streams and waterfalls. With umpteen trails offering plenty of choice for a day’s exploring, it lives up to its reputation as a walker’s paradise.
How many miles?
While it might feel comforting to know how many miles you’re going to walk during the day on our social weekends, we don’t believe it’s a good way to compare or describe a walk. This is because one mile walked up a steep mountainside like Snowdon will take longer than walking for a mile along a river bank.
This is why we aim to give you more reassurance by describing the type of walking – from gentle wanders with plenty of breaks lasting 4-6 hours right up to harder walks that take 6-9 hours and include steeper hiking. Rest assured: On the Friday night our professional guides will outline the walking options for the weekend ahead and you’ll have the opportunity to check which one you feel most comfortable doing.
Saturday afternoon onwards
Once back at the guesthouse, there’s plenty of downtime before a restorative yoga session (purely optional) that will ease your muscles after the day’s exertions.
Then we pull out the stops to serve a dinner that will amply replete the appetites of the ravenous and leave everybody feeling satisfied with their day’s activities, no doubt with the odd story or two being told!
Take advantage of the final yoga session, this time at 8am so you can have a lie-in, to leave you feeling energised for the day ahead.
Today we seek out some of the more hidden, quieter parts of the Snowdonia National Park for a gentle stroll.
In the warmer months there’s also the option (at additional cost) of taking to the water at Llyn Padarn. This glacially-formed lake close to Llanberis has gobsmacklingly-gorgeous views and the opportunity to try out stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking with all gear supplied.
After all this activity we make a beeline for a local café for lunch (not included in the price) for a final meal together before heading home.
About the Area
Snowdonia National Park
Well known as one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK, the Snowdonia National Park, which covers more than 800 square miles, has it all. The towering mountains drop straight down to sandy estuaries, while peaceful woodlands and valleys offer endless walking trails that lead you through a land of legends.
The peace and wildness are also a perfect blend of elements for those wanting to retreat and switch off from day-to-day life and instead let nature fill the void left by computers, mobiles and other distractions.
Good to know:
We’ll be staying in Dol Peris our cosy base right in the heart of Llanberis, the village that lies 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.
Please note you will need to bring your own yoga mat.
Travelling to our Body & Soul Yoga Weekend
By Car – There is ample free parking at Dol Peris
Taxi: A taxi from Bangor Station to Llanberis is roughly £35.
Public Transport – The nearest station is Bangor and from here there is a regular and direct bus service which stops outside the guest house. Just look out for “The Heights’ pub and we Dol Peris is directly opposite.
- A Large Outdoors host to welcome you and organise the weekend.
- 2 nights guest house accommodation.
- 2 days of guided day walks, with our fully qualified professional leaders – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- 4 Yoga sessions, please note the first session starts at 6:30pm on the Friday.
- Home cooked evening meal on Friday and Saturday evening. Continental style breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday’s Walk.
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. The first Yoga session is at 6:30pm. 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 and then shared rooms no larger than 4 beds. We only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding and towels are provided.
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. There is also a shop next door so you can purchase on the trip.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s– 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...
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