Fresh air, Welsh scenery, a cosy fireplace, and sociable walks on a long weekend away
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The stunning scenery of Snowdonia makes for the perfect location to spend the long Easter weekend. We’ve got a fantastic guesthouse, complete with a wood-burning stove and comfy lounge, just a stone’s throw from the pub! With the incredible surrounding scenery it’s the ideal spot for a few days sociable walking in this world-class outdoor paradise.
We’re running a schedule of low-level and mountain walks during the weekend, so there’s something available for all abilities. And then on the final day there’s the option to try out stand-up paddle-boarding!
In a nutshell:
- 3 nights in a cosy guesthouse in the heart of Snowdonia, right at the foot of Snowdon itself and next to the beautiful Llyn Padarn.
- Freshly prepared food and a Large Outdoors host to run the weekend.
- The chance to socialise with a great group of fellow walkers on three full days of guided walks.
- Explore the beauty of Snowdonia, whether on easier walks in the valleys, or venturing up to the mountain tops. Look for wildlife, sample the local pubs, and find out about the history and mythology of the area.
- Thursday 9th April – Monday 13th April 2020
About the Area
Snowdonia National Park
Named after its most famous mountain, Snowdon, Snowdonia was created as Wales’ first National Park back in 1951. Famous for its stunning mountain scenery and fantastic opportunities for walking, the area also has a brilliant coastline, complete with sea cliffs and wide sandy beaches. Inland, besides the mountains, there are ample opportunities to wander through the peaceful valleys and woodlands, or alongside the many rivers that flow serenely by the trails. The landscape of North Wales is coated in as many myths as there are tales from history, and you’ll find stories of King Arthur told alongside those about the Welsh Princes and the modern slate industry. In fact, it’s impossible to go for a walk anywhere in Snowdonia without seeing some evidence of times long past. This just makes it that much more exciting as a place to visit.
You’re welcome to arrive in the guesthouse from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there with the kettle on and ready to get you settled in. Feel free to enjoy a cup of tea, open a bottle of wine, and relax in the lounge! There’s a shop next door for those last minute essentials.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
These three days are all walking days. We’ll be out all day discovering the best Snowdonia has to offer. You have the option to book onto the easier, valley-based walking days, or the high level mountain walking days. For each of these options there are lots of possibilities for where we can go each day. To give you an idea of what might be on offer here are some examples.
For the low-level walking days we could be visiting:
Llyn Crafnant and Capel Curig: Walking out of the village of Capel Curig, we’ll soon feel remote even though we won’t be going high up. Travelling over the hillside we’ll drop down and walk round two lakes, Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd, visiting the birthplace of the poet Taliesin and perhaps dipping our toes in the lakes! We return via forest paths and finally drop back down to Capel Curig with a fantastic view down the valley to Snowdon.
Beddgelert and Nantgwynant: The village of Beddgelert, home to the famous hound of Llewelyn the Great (you’ll hear the story when we get there!) is the start of this walk. We’ll head up the valley following the River Glaslyn to Llyn Dinas, then take a turn down the serene valley of Nanmor before returning via the famous Victorian sightseeing spot of the Falls of Aberglaslyn. Afterwards there’ll be plenty of time for a tea room or pub stop in Beddgelert!
Anglesey Beaches: If we feel like a wander along the coast then a perfect location could be the Isle of Anglesey. With the fantastic sandy beaches of Newborough and Rhosneigr to explore, where woodland comes down to the sea and we can gaze at islands and the mountains of the mainland over the Menai Straight, you’ll truly be transported to another world.
Our options for the mountain walks could include the following:
The Glyderau: Standing over the stunning Ogwen Valley, the two highest peaks of the mountain range north-west of Snowdon are Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach. We’ll head up to them via Cwm Idwal and the famous trail up the Devil’s Staircase. The summits are an incredible place of rock formations and views over the whole of Snowdonia. After the second summit we descend past Tryfan before following a trail back to the valley.
Carnedd Llewelyn: Nearly as high as Snowdon, Carnedd Llewelyn receives hardly anywhere near the same number of people going up it, but it’s a fantastic mountain nonetheless, standing high in the northern mountains of the Carneddau. We’ll head to the summit on a circular walk including the nearby top of Carnedd Dafydd, hearing the rush of small mountain streams and gazing down at the valleys far below.
The Nantlle Ridge: Out to the west of Snowdonia lies a series of fantastic hills that between them make up the Nantlle Ridge. Undulating from summit to summit, this route gives you the best opportunity to get extended views of the sea, and the Llyn Peninsula. There’s one narrow section but other than that it’s a grassy rollercoaster ride. We’ll look down over Beddgelert forest, the valley of Cwm Pennant, and reach the summits of Mynydd Drws-y-coed and Trum y Ddysgl.
When each of the walks returns to the guest house, we’ll have plenty of time to relax before dinner. We’ll be alternating between eating in, and going out, with one night being out in town at a local restaurant. Other than that the evenings are yours to play board games, re-live the adventures of the day, socialise around the fireplace or head out to the pub!
This morning after breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the guest house, it’s just one final group walk today, with a walk to see more of the local area, lasting around 3 hours and finishing where we can get some lunch before the weekend comes to an end.
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.
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...
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
“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