Wild camping, wow scenery and wonderful fun in Snowdonia...
DurationMultiple durations available
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
2 - 3
There’s no exaggerating when people describe wild camping as a very special, life-affirming experience after spending a night in beautiful natural surroundings off-grid and without the usual trappings accompanying sleep.
But for those who have never ditched the safety of all four walls to venture out into the wilds and spend a night under canvas, it can be a tad daunting. Where do you go? What do you take? Do we need to follow any rules?
Well folks now’s your chance as we’ve lined up expert guides who will take small groups on a hike that will include an overnight wild camp in some of the best spots in the Snowdonia National Park.
During the weekend each group will learn more about how to wild camp – whether it’s top tips on finding the perfect place to pitch a tent or knowing what gear to take and what to leave out.
In a nutshell:
- Perfect your wild camping prowess with tips from the experts.
- Pinch yourself as you realise that the mountain scenery or tranquil lakeside setting really is your bedroom view.
- Pause to notice how peaceful, uncomplicated (and fun) going feral can be when you’re in the company of a good bunch of fellow wild campers.
Wild Camping Dates 2020
- Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th June
- Saturday 4th – Sunday 6th July
- Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th July
- Tuesday 4th – Wednesday 5th August
- Saturday 8th August – Sunday 9th August
- Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd August
- Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th September
Day 1 – Normally Saturday
Your wild camping guide will meet you in the morning (11am) and we will spend some time preparing our bags for our day of walking and overnight camp. After lunch we’ll head to the start locations for the walks in groups of no more than eight, each with their own leader, and begin the day. The walk will be gentle as we’ll have heavy bags, but we’ll need to get out of the valleys into secluded places where we can camp.
There are a huge number of options for good wild camping spots in Snowdonia, and we’ll be spoilt for choice. The leaders will choose locations and walks depending on the weather, but we could find ourselves in the lake-speckled Moelwyns, the grand Carneddau, or the slopes of Snowdon itself.
Remember, this is wild camping, and there are no facilities, so please remember to read the kit list!
Once we’ve reached our camp site, we’ll set up tents and have some time to relax, perhaps heading out on a wander of the local area without our bags. Dinner will be a simple camp-side meal that your leader will prepare while you simply revel in the surroundings (hopefully with a rollicking good sunset to add a hint of drama).
Once night time has well and truly set in, we’ll drift towards the tents and fall to sleep accompanied by the ‘call of the wild’!
Generally speaking, although there are always one or two exceptions, most wild campers will be awake and up with the lark. Yes it might go against a normal Sunday lie-in but waking up to views that can’t be replicated even in the priciest of hotels, is probably worth getting up for.
Once we’ve had breakfast, usually porridge and a hot drink, we pack up camp and start walking with the aim of being back into civilisation for around midday. Then we’ll dive into a café for lunch before we head our separate ways.
About the Area
Snowdonia National Park
Covering the mountains in the far North West of Wales, Snowdonia is far more than the most famous peaks. There are dozens of secluded valleys, acres of ancient woodland, vast stretches of sandy seashore and estuaries, and hundreds of miles of possible walking trails. The area is famous as the ancient land of the druids, and even has myths about King Arthur sprinkled about the hills. There are abandoned mines, pristine wildflower habitats, fresh mountain streams, and the modern industries of sheep farming and forestry. As a hugely popular destination for walkers, Snowdonia is the palce to go to escape from it all, whether you want to climb to the mountain summits, stroll next to the lakes, or just spend an hour or two around the villages and valleys.
Good to know:
Moel Siabod Cafe,
Please meet for 11am on the first morning.
- A small group with an expert guide to teach you all about the delights of Wild Camping.
- The chance to wake up to a sunrise in the mountains.
- Two days of gentle walks in Snowdonia.
- We include tent hire along with the sleeping matt.
- Please note we do not supply sleeping bags.
- Saturday night evening wild camping meal and Sunday breakfast.
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:
- Sleeping bag
- Rucksack large enough to carry all your kit plus tents. Ideally around minimum of 50 – 60 litres.
- Bowl, Knife/fork/spoon, Mug
- Head torch with spare batteries
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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