Join us on a trip up some of our favourite Snowdonia peaks!
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Difficulty Level3 Three
Snowdonia is a fantastic National Park with an endless array of potential mountain walks. But too many people come to the area and just head up Snowdon, without considering other adventures. On this weekend we aim to take you to some of the other greats, all with a sociable group and led by an experienced mountain leader.
We could head over to the rugged Glyderau, up onto the highlands of the Carneddau, to the summit of the lonely Moel Siabod, or perhaps further south to the charismatic peak of Cnicht. We’ll tailor the weekend to the weather and what the group feels like doing.
Please note this trip will not be going up Snowdon, to summit Snowdon please join one of our dedicated Snowdon Summit Walks here…
In a nutshell:
- Join us on a weekend of mountain walks in Snowdonia, where we’ll explore the peaks … but not Snowdon!
- See a side of Snowdonia you may not know, from ice-carved valleys to inspiring views and new perspectives.
- Meet a friendly group of walkers and enjoy the views and the walk without worrying about the navigation.
- Sample the local pubs and cafes, and celebrate reaching new peaks!
You’re welcome to arrive at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you and get you settled in. There’s plenty of time to relax and look forward to the weekend ahead before we sit down from dinner at 8pm. After dinner we’ll go through the plans for the next day.
After breakfast we’ll make packed lunches and set off on our day in the hills. The leader will make a decision with the group about the objectives, which very much depends on the weather, and what some of you may already have done in the area. There are a huge range of options, most of which will involve a short drive, for which we help you organise a car-share to save cost and car parking space.
For the day we could be heading up the giants of Carnedd Llewelyn and Carnedd Dafydd, along the tops of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach, or even a trip up Moel Hebog and its nearby tops from Beddgelert. The choices are endless!
Once the walk is over, we’ll head back to the accommodation to relax and get the kettle on before heading out to dinner at a local pub or restaurant, please note this is not included in the weekend price. There will be plenty of time to sample the local ales, or perhaps a glass of wine or two! You’ll already feel at home!
After breakfast we’ll get our lunches and check out of the hostel for another full day in the hills. Our options are the same as Saturday’s, so we’ll see what we’re feeling like before deciding which peaks to tackle. This could be a good day for Moel Siabod and a wander through the Moelwynion, or perhaps even a walk up the legendary Tryfan!
We’ll aim to finish the day at around 4pm, when you’re welcome to join the group at a final café stop before the drive home.
A note on difficulty.
This is a ‘level 3’ weekend, where each day the group will aim to head up significant mountain peaks (weather permitting). Although you don’t have to be a superman/superwoman to come on these walks, you’ll enjoy it more if you have average fitness and are happy walking for around 7 hours on uneven terrain, both uphill and downhill.
If you would prefer a gentler view of Snowdonia you could try out Hidden Snowdonia trip which has two days of gentle walks were we explore the myths and legends of Snowdonia.
About the Area
Snowdonia National Parks
Snowdonia was Wales’ first National Park, and encompasses not only the mountains of North Wales but also miles of coastline, rivers and lakes, long valleys and ancient woodlands. Besides the most famous peak, Snowdon, the area is divided up into several distinct mountain ranges, each with their own characters and beloved peaks. Around Snowdon you’ll find the evocative mountains of the Glyderau, Carneddau and Moelwynion, the lesser-known peaks around the Nantlle Ridge and Moel Hebog, and dozens of smaller hills. You’ll find sheep-farming alongside the remains of slate quarries, and cosy cafes near where the Welsh Princes built their castles.
Good to know:
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.
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.
Traveling by Public Transport:
The nearest train station is Bangor, from here there is a direct bus to Llanberis that stops outside the hostel.
For this weekend we provide the following meals: Evening meal on Friday, breakfasts and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk. On Saturday night we will head to a local pub for dinner which is not included. On the Sunday, we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch, which is not included.
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.
This is offered on a single sex shared room basis. The venue also has a limited number of twin, single and double rooms. All bedding is provided but you will need to bring your own towel.
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.
Due to the social nature of our weekend packages all participants need to be 18 or over to stay with us.
You can view our kit lists here…
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What our members have to say...
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
“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