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Summit the mighty Snowdon on this sociable weekend in North Wales!

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple walk options available See itinerary below
    for more details

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.

Dates:

14-16th September.
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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.

Guided Walking Weekend to the Summit of Snowdon staying at Treks Bunkhouse

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Itinerary

Friday

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!

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Saturday

Today is the day… 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!

Possible options are:
  • The Pyg Track
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    One of the most popular routes, the trail starts high on the mountain at Pen y Pass, winds its way into the atmospheric Cwm Glaslyn and past the tremendous crags of Crib Goch. After one steep zig-zag we reach the summit ridge and then the top. This is a great trail for the impressive rocky cliffs and lakes of Eastern Snowdon.

  • The Watkins Path
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    Wandering up the south of Snowdon, this path begins in the Nantgwynant valley through woodland, before heading up into Cwm Llan, past waterfalls and old mine workings. We then climb up to the Bwlch y Saethau, one of the mythical places King Arthur was killed, before the final ascent to the summit. This is a good route for Snowdon’s slate-mining history as well as seeing the wild Cwm Tregalan.

  • The Ranger’s Path
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    The traditional way to the summit before Llanberis took over, the Ranger’s Path heads up the western side of the mountain. With the summit visible right from the start, this trail alternates between steep bits and gentle bits, leading to a more measured ascent than some of the shorter and sharper routes. A great trail for the quieter side of the mountain, and views of the western valleys.

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!

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Sunday

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:

The Mawddach Estuary

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.

The woods of Betws-y-Coed

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.

Good to know:

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.

The lounge at Treks Bunkhouse - Snowdonia

Treks Bunkhouse - Bedroom

Venue Address:

Treks Bunkhouse,
Y Cefn,
Ffestiniog,
Blaenau Ffestiniog,
Gwynedd
LL41 4PS

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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!
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    Claire
    Member 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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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    Vanessa
    Member 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.
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    Elizabeth
    Member Since 2016
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