Sleep under the stars on the shortest night of the year...
DurationSingle Day Event
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty Level2 Two
It’s the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, with 18 hours of daylight and darkness only lasting 6 hours. So what better way to celebrate than to go wild camping in the hills!
Join us on this incredible adventure, led by an experienced Mountain Leader, up into the hills of Snowdonia for the night. You’ll get a walk-in through some beautiful countryside, a night by a remote mountain lake, then a walk out over the hillsides the next day.
In a nutshell:
- Experience the hills of North Wales in a unique way; walking, wild-camping and then walking out the next day.
- Relax and enjoy the adventure in a small group, and led by an experienced guide.
- Enjoy a pub lunch before we set off, then some camping food and hot drinks while the sun sets.
- Explore some of the local area, with moderate-difficulty walks to and from the camp-site.
We’ll meet for lunch at midday in Capel Curig, one of the villages in the heart of Snowdonia. There’ll be plenty of time to ask questions, and an opportunity to talk through what equipment wild campers take with them when they head into the hills.
After lunch we’ll drive a short distance and then begin our walk, lasting a few hours, where we’ll head up into the hills and enjoy fantastic views over Snowdonia.
Our leader will take you to a great place for wild camping by late afternoon, where you’ll set up tents, have a discussion about the etiquette and good practice behind wild camping, and prepare for the night. We’ll have a ‘camp stove’ dinner and then, depending on the weather, either go out for another short walk to watch the sun set, or just experience our wild and secluded spot! There’ll be plenty of hot drinks to enjoy as we prepare for our night in the mountains.
Summer Solstice 21st June
Waking up to the sound of mountain streams and the calls of the moorland birds, we’ll warm up over breakfast as the sun is already shining (it’ll be up well before 5am). Then it’s time to pack up and leave our wild campsite, heading off for our walk-out over the hillsides, probably before anyone else has started work!
We’ll go for a few hours’ moderate walk and return to the cars by lunch-time, giving you the chance to see the hills in the morning, and enjoy the fresh summer air before the return to civilisation.
Once back at the cars it’s a nice way to finish to head to a local café for a slap-up lunch before our expedition comes to an end. This is a great way to talk through all the skills leant over the night out. You may find wild camping a challenge, but most people see it as an exciting and relatively stress-free to spend the night in the mountains. You may find that you’ve kindled a new desire to see the wild places of Britain in a whole new way!
About the area
Walking in Snowdonia
Snowdonia is a huge National Park, covering the mountains of North Wales including Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Tryfan. It also includes vast forests, sandy beaches and several estuaries. There are hundreds of hills and many miles of walking trails, allowing you to explore everything from the remotest mountain streams to the highest rocky peaks.
Snowdonia’s history dates back thousands of years. People have lived here from the Stone Age, and artefacts in the landscape can frequently be found from this time, all the way through the reign of the Welsh princes, the medieval English Kings, and the slate and mineral mining that has been so prominent in the landscape. Whatever you come for, you’ll find a stunning mountain landscape rich in history and wildlife, where you can really escape from the pressures of life.
A night in the hills...
Moel Siabod Cafe,
Please note that you’ll need to provide your own camping equipment for this trip – tent, sleeping bag and camping mat. If you do not own these items you can rent them from Outdoor Hire, where we have a 10% discount – using this code: LAOH966.
Please see our blog on useful hints and tips for getting the right kit.
As well as the regular Day Walk kit list you will also need:
- Spare batteries for head-torch
We provide the following food for this trip: An evening meal and breakfast. Your free to bring along any snacks for walking. Lunch on the first and last day will be in a local pub/cafe and are not included in the price.
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– Please meet your guide for midday on the first day.
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.
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...
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