Learn this simple fast-growing watersport in the beauty of Snowdonia
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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.
This morning 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!
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:
Padarn woodland – Over the lake from Llanberis lies the Padarn Country Park, taking in the grounds from the old slate quarry which rises over the hillside above the town. Now covered in beautiful woodland, we’ll follow trails along these hillsides looking down over the lake and the town of Llanberis. We may also have time to visit the 13th century Dolbadarn Castle.
Cefn Du – This hill, standing over 400m high behind the town of Llanberis, is a great walk for experiencing the uplands without heading too high. We’ll walk up the side, past an old quarry, and admire the moorland before heading back to town on a circular walk. An excellent place to be for views of Snowdon and Anglesey!
The above is just a suggested itinerary, due to the weather forecast on occasion we will swap the days around. With the walk on Saturday and Paddle Board on the Sunday.
Please note the August date for this trip has been cancelled. If you were booked on check your emails for further information.
What our members have to say...
“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
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