Explore the lower hills and serene valleys of North Wales from our base right next to Snowdon.
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As spring begins Snowdonia is a beautiful place, with the great peaks covered in snow and the valleys quieter – this is the time for the lover of the countryside at all times of year to get out and explore. We’ll be spending the weekend wandering the lower hills and valleys of this stunning part of Wales, getting out for two guided day walks to make the most of the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
Based in Llanberis in the north of Snowdonia, you’ll be staying in a hostel high on the hillside, overlooking the famous ‘electric mountain’ and the lake of Llyn Padarn, as well as the lower reaches of the Pass of Llanberis. Rather than aiming for the high peaks, we’re going to spend the weekend exploring Snowdonia’s lower hills, enjoying the scenery from new and surprising viewpoints.
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd March 2019.
Book by the 31st October 18 and places are just £85. £125 afterwards.
In a nutshell:
- Explore the northern hills of Snowdonia on two guided walks, either onto lower summits or through the valleys.
- Relax in our exclusive hostel, looking out at the scenery from the lounge with a hot drink or glass of wine in the evenings.
- Enjoy seeing a different side to North Wales, far from the busiest routes and jam-packed car parks, with our expert Mountain Leaders to show you around.
- Meet a friendly group of people who will get you involved straight away in a weekend far from the worries of the working week.
Your Large Outdoors host will greet you and introduce you to your fellow walking companions. From then until dinner is served at 8pm the evening is yours to relax, with one of our endless hot drinks, or maybe something stronger.
After dinner we’ll give you a briefing about the weekend and let you know what the walk options are for the next day.
For the walks today we’ll split up into groups for the day’s guided walks. We usually put on two walks, a ‘harder’ and an ‘easier’ walk, but these will both be full days out exploring the landscape – the ‘easier’ walk usually stays lower down whereas the harder walks heads up high.
Here are some possible walk options so you know what kind of things we get up to:
Moel Eilio – If it’s a nice day and we feel like reaching a peak, we can head south straight up a great set of hills and form one of the long ridges stretching away from Snowdon itself. Walking from the hostel, we walk into the expanse of Maesgwm, before climbing to the summit of Foel Goch. From here we make our way along the ridge to Moel Eilio, a handsome peak that gives great views of Snowdon and Anglesey. Our descent runs down the grassy north ridge, right back to the hostel.
Nantgwynant – This valley, lying to the south of Snowdon, has a perfect mix of great mountain views, well positioned cafes, and lakes to wander alongside. We’ll make this a linear walk, starting from Beddgelert and following the valley path past the two lakes of Llyn Dinas and Llyn Gwynant, stopping to admire the famous hill where the myth of Merlin was born. We finish high on the pass at the Pen y Gwryd, the pub where the successful British Everest expedition trained.
The Moelwyns – A vast expanse of upland lakes, rocky peaks and gentle grassy paths, the Moelwyns are a great place to explore. We’ll head up from the valley in a circular walk to take in a few of the central peaks, and explore the old slate mines that dot this remote location. We’ll have views down to the Irish Sea and over the higher hills all around, and generally enjoy being in such a wild place.
After the walks have returned to the hostel, it’s time to relax in the lounge or head out to the local pub to re-live the day’s adventures. We’ll have dinner at 7:30pm and then let you know the plans for Sunday, which will depend on the weather and what we think the group will enjoy most.
Today we have an 8am breakfast and then pack up to leave the hostel. We then head out on a 3-4 hour walk and finish near a local pub or cafe where, if you like, you can join us for lunch before heading off.
Some of the possible walk options for Sunday include:
Dinorwig – All weekend we’ll have been looking across at the famous Dinorwig quarriers, vast slate working that have long been abandoned. Now they are one of the prime climbing locations in Wales, and home to a walking trail that takes us right through this industrial heritage. We’ll follow this trail, and then then head through the nature reserve of the Padarn Country Park too see how quickly nature can recover after industry has left.
Moel y Ci – This low hill, straddling the plains between the Glyderau Mountains and the Menai Straight, is a great little walk for a Sunday morning. Half the hill is open moorland and half is forest, allowing us to see different environments on the same walk – and to mix far-reaching views with the peace of walking among the trees.
About the area
Snowdonia National Park
Covering a large area of North Wales, the Snowdonia National Park is home to Wales’ highest mountains, and her most stunning scenery. Stretching from the north coast where it reaches Anglesey, right down to the River Dovey, the Park contains hundreds of peaks, miles of secluded valleys, and hundreds of acres of woodland. Conserved for its unique scenery and wildlife, Snowdonia was one of the UK’s first National Parks and has been fundamental in the lives of thousands of walkers, climbers and other outdoors enthusiasts. The villages and towns that dot the park grew out of the slate mining industry, forestry, and sheep farming, and many settlements are very old, dating back thousands of years. The landscape plays host to many myths and legends, of the old Welsh princes, and even King Arthur. For walkers and nature lovers, it is a haven ready to explore.
Good to know:
We’re staying at YHA Llanberis, high on the hillside above the town that many people use as their base for climbing Snowdon, and overlooking Llyn Padarn. Beds are allocated in a single sex shared room basis. Bedding is provided but please bring a towel.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
- 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
“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