Summit the mighty Snowdon on this sociable weekend in North Wales!
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Difficulty LevelsMultiple walk options available See itinerary below
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Standing on the highest point in England & Wales, looking out at Snowdonia, the Irish Sea and villages far below. That fantastic feeling that you’ve just completed the ascent of Snowdon.
This is what awaits you at the summit of Snowdon, Britain’s most famous mountain, a spectacular peak where you’ll pass mountain lakes, towering cliffs, the chatter of mountain birds, and all with a company of friendly fellow walkers and an experienced guide.
At Large Outdoors we want you to have the best experience attempting the walk up Snowdon, so why not join us for the weekend and see more of this beautiful part of Britain.
In a nutshell:
- Walk to the summit of Snowdon, led by a Mountain Leader and with a friendly and supportive group.
- Explore Snowdonia, with two nights in local accommodation and a Sunday walk the day after Snowdon.
- Feast on freshly prepared food and relax in our exclusive hostel.
- Discover more about the history and nature of Snowdonia, making your summit attempt all that more special.
About the Area
Snowdonia National Park
Standing at 1085m above sea level, Snowdon is the highest peak in England and Wales, and dominates the scenery of North Wales. It’s a stunning triangular peak, recognisable from most places in the National Park, and with 9 different walking routes to the top. Views from the summit range from the isle of Anglesey over the hunderds of mountains of North Wales, and along the coast of the Irish Sea. You’ll even see England in the distance.
The walk itself is brilliant regardless of which route you take. There are mountain ridges to gaze up at, wildlife to look out for among the boulders or in the lowland trees, myth and legend in the form of King Arthur, and history of centuries of mining and shepherding. Snowdon isn’t a mountain you’ll want to rush up and down, but one to linger on and enjoy, reaching the summit with some knowledge about this fantastic wilderness.
To start our Snowdon walking weekend you’re welcome to arrive at our exclusive hostel from 5pm onwards, where your Large Outdoors host will be preparing dinner. You’ll meet our walking companions, settle down for the evening, and begin looking forward to the weekend!
After dinner we’ll run through plans for the Snowdon walk the next day, while gazing out of the windows at views of the mountains of North Wales. Then the evening is yours to enjoy the comfy sofas and prepare yourself for the adventures ahead!
After filling yourselves up on breakfast and making packed lunches, it’s time to head out to Snowdon. The exact route we choose will depend on the weather forecast for the day, and our guide will consider this and let you know on Friday night – having this flexibility means we can get you the best side of the mountain considering where the weather is coming from!
Late afternoon onwards
Once we’re all safely down the mountain it’s time to celebrate your achievement! We may head to a local pub, or back to the hostel. Your host will begin preparing dinner, and you can enjoy the evening with a drink or two, re-living your adventure with a big smile on your face now that you’ve succeeded!
After a leisurely sit-down breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. We also organise a walk on Sunday for those of you who want to stay around for it. This will be a pleasant stroll along the valley or around local woodland, and we’ll aim to finish at 12-1pm in time for Sunday lunch in a pub.
Possible options are:
This stunning stretch of wide sandy estuary with the Mawddach river at its heart is a protected area for salt marsh habitat and local woodlands, and there’s a great trail running up its southern side.
Spilling out over the great Conwy Valley, the forests that crowd the slopes above the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed have several walking trails in them, where we can admire the forested slopes and streams rushing down to the main river below.
About the accommodation:
Treks Bunkhouse was completed in February 2016 and is a fantastic place to begin any exploration of Snowdonia, based right in the heart of the National Park. It has a sofa area, drying room, hot showers, WiFi and a fantastic view over the Vale of Ffestiniog and the Moelwyn mountains.
You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
For this weekend we provide the following meals: evening meals on both Friday and Saturday, breakfasts, and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk. On the Sunday, we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch which is not included in the price of the weekend.
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. We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own.
Please note we are unable to accept dogs on this weekend, with the exception of registered guided dogs which are welcome on all of our trips.
Transport during the weekend:
As often as possible, we aim to walk straight from the door of the accommodation. However, sometimes the best walks are a little further away and we need to drive. For these occasions, we encourage our guests to car-share to get to and from the walk location, so that we fit into as few vehicles as possible. If you are a driver, if would be very helpful if you would consider volunteering for this if required!
Please also remember to bring some loose change for car park charges, which are sometimes unavoidable.
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
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
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
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