Learn this simple fast-growing watersport in the beauty of Snowdonia
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
1 - 2
Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUPing) is a brilliant watersport; simple to begin and without too much equipment, it’s ideal for people wanting to give it a go, and could go on to become your favoriite new activity. We’ll be spending this weekend out on the lakes, rivers and maybe sea of Snowdonia with qualified instructors giving you a full day learning how to SUP, followed by a half-day walk to see more of the area.
Alongside all this, we’ll of course be surrounded by the incredible scenery of Snowdonia, with mountains, lakes and woodland on all sides. As a backdrop to our weekend adventures we’ll have the sound of the steam railways, the sight of local wildlife, and the fresh air that only comes with the great outdoors.
In a nutshell:
- Learn how to SUP and head out on adventures over two days, with the possibility of visiting two different water-based locations, including lakes, rivers and the sea. Perfect for beginners!
- Enjoy being in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, where we’ll be staying in a comfy guesthouse right under Snowdon itself.
- Relax as we take care of everything for you, from providing all the SUP kit you’ll need to supplying hot drinks for the weekend!
- Explore the local cuisine, with a meal out in town and several nearby pubs to visit after the day’s adventures.
About the Area
Snowdonia National Park
Famous as the place to go to climb Snowdon, the National Park is much more, encompassing the mountains of North Wales, miles of coastline, and of course hundreds of rivers, lakes and mountain streams. Popular for hundreds of years as a walking destination, Snowdonia has really grown as a watersports hotspot, with people travelling there from all over the UK to go kayaking, canoeing, surfing and of course SUPing. The history of the area is all around you whatever activity you’re doing, with castles from the old Welsh Princes, 19th century slate quarries, or modern foresty and herds of mountain sheep. Protected since 1951, Snowdonia is definitely the place to get away from it all.
You’re welcome to arrive at the guesthouse from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you, make you a cup of tea and introduce you to your fellow weekend adventurers.
We’ll serve dinner at 8pm, so please let us know if you plan on arriving after this time. Over dinner we’ll go through the plans for the weekend!
This morning after breakfast and time to make packed lunches we head down to Llyn Padarn, just outside Llanberis, for our first Stand-up Paddle Board session. This will include getting you kitted up and teaching you all the basics on and off the water. We’ll be on the lake before you know it and no doubt enjoying a bit of swimming alongside our Paddle Boarding, heading out to explore the lake for a few hours. Don’t worry, wetsuits are included!
After our packed lunch we’ll head off to a different location and now that we’ll know a bit more about what we’re doing, it’s time for an adventure! We could go Paddle Boarding on another lake, or down a river, or even to the sea. The choice is down to the group and to the instructors, who will consider the weather and water levels. Whatever we choose, it’ll be an excellent afternoon of SUPing and perfecting the skills learnt in the morning.
Once we’re all back from wherever our afternoon has taken us there’ll be plenty of time to freshen up and relax in the comfy guesthouse lounge before we head out for the evening’s dinner in town. We’ll then consider what Sunday’s plan will be, which could be a number of options – there are a huge variety of excellent low-level walks in the area.
After breakfast we’ll pack up and leave the guesthouse to head out for a half-day walk in the surrounding area. We’ll be out for around 3 hours, and finish somewhere you can get some lunch before heading home. We promise you’ll be exhilarated by an action-packed weekend of watersports, walking and socialising!
To give you an idea, some possible walk options we’ll consider are:
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.
All the equipment for Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is provided, including wetsuits, buoyancy vest, board, and paddle. You will need to bring clothes/swimwear/bikini to wear under the wetsuit that you don’t mind getting wet. You may also want to bring trainers or other shoes you don’t mind getting wet, or wetsuit boots/water shoes if you have them. A towel and jumper for after the sessions would be a good idea.
For Sunday’s walk, please bring your walking kit, including small backpack, water bottle, waterproofs, walking boots/shoes and warm clothes.
What our members have to say...
I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008
Since my first Large Outdoors weekend I have rediscovered my love for the countryside, met so many great people and had a whole lot of fun. I've sailed around the Inner Hebrides on a luxurious yacht, climbed the 3 national peaks Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafel Pike, danced my socks off at the Halloween and New Year celebrations and fallen in love with the beautiful Isle of Skye. Every trip has been amazing fun and I have met so many lovely people and made friends for life. Cheers Large Outdoors!Karen RobertsMember Since 2012
I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014