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Walk for a week through the heart of North Wales on the UK's newest long-distance trail - with the author of the guidebook!

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  • Duration

    9 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    3 Three

Winding its way through the heart of North Wales, the Snowdonia Way is a new long-distance trail that will take you through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain. Walking for 7 days, you’ll pass the highest mountains, follow quiet woodland paths, and stride along the banks of lakes and mountain streams.

The route is predominantly low-level, making it accessible for anyone of average fitness and determination. Join us on a guided journey along the full length of the Snowdonia Way, led by the guidebook’s author. At the end of the trail, you also have the option of walking up Snowdon.


In a nutshell:

  • Spend 7 days walking the Snowdonia Way in North Wales, a new route, and the only low-level trail through the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Marvel at the sights as you walk past Snowdon, Cadair Idris, the Pass of Aberglaslyn, Aber Falls, the Vale of Ffestiniog, and more!
  • Enjoy 9 nights of accommodation, where you can explore the local villages, and possibly the local pubs…
  • Hear about the history and mythology of the area, look out for wildlife, and find out what makes Snowdonia such a unique place.
  • Climb Snowdon on your final day, or opt for an easier walk.


About the Snowdonia Way

Starting in Machynlleth, at the southern border of Snowdonia, the route heads north, eventually finishing in Conwy at the north-eastern edge of the Park. During the walk you pass the great landscapes of Snowdonia, including the high peaks of Snowdon and the Glyders, the great forests of Coed y Brenin and Dovey, and the beautiful valleys of Ffestiniog, Ogwen and Nantgwynant. Every day ends in a village or town, meaning pub and café visits are always an option; during the walk, historical and mythological sites relating to King Arthur, the Romans and the Welsh princes are never far away, and add stories to each day.

Exploring the Snowdonia Way on a guided walking weekend

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  • Day 1 – Arrival in Machynlleth

    You’re welcome to arrive in Machynlleth at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors leader will be waiting to meet you and help you check into your accommodation.

    Once the whole group has arrived, we’ll head out for dinner and have a briefing about the adventure that lies ahead! Then the evening is yours to prepare your walking bag for the first day out.

  • Day 2 – Machynlleth to Dolgellau

    15.5 miles

    Leaving Machynlleth and crossing the River Dovey, we’ll walk through the Dovey Forest and pass the old slate mining villages of Corris and Aberllefenni. We then walk up the Llefenni Valley and over a pass, to begin a short traverse around the side of Cadair Idris. After a descent through natural woodland we arrive in the market town of Dolgellau.

  • Day 3 – Dolgellau to Trawsfynydd

    14 miles

    The giant northern cliffs of Cadair Idris are the backdrop as we leave Dolgellau and cross the River Mawddach. The morning is spent on a path that traverses the hillsides far above the valley, giving a fantastic perspective.

    We then drop down through the woods to cross the river and walk north through the forest of Coed y Brenin, with its ancient iron works and modern conifers. After emerging out of the forest into the moorland of central Snowdonia, we drop down to Trawsfynydd, a village in a remote setting next to the wild peaks of the Rhinogs.

  • Day 4 – Trawsfynydd to Beddgelert

    18.5 miles

    After walking round the huge Trawsfynydd Lake and admiring the Rhinog mountains in the west, we descend to the Vale of Ffestiniog. This wide valley divides north and south Snowdonia, and we’ll be rewarded with views out to sea, and down to the Glaslyn estuary.

    After passing through the village of Penrhyndeudraeth, we pass through another forest and begin an afternoon walking along the flanks of the Moelwyns, a range of hills that includes the famous Cnicht. To finish the day we walk alongside the River Glaslyn into Beddgelert, past the impressive Pass of Aberglaslyn.

  • Day 5 – Beddgelert to Dolwyddelan

    12.7 miles

    Our day begins right next to Snowdon itself, walking the length of the Nantgwynant valley past the lakes of Llyn Dinas and Llyn Gwynant. We’ll see the hill where the legend of Merlin began, and where copper mining has been carried out for the last 4000 years. The climb of the day takes us up to the pass of Bwlch y Rhediad, where we can look back on Snowdon and the whole of Nantgwynant.

    Our afternoon is spent descending towards Dolwyddelan through the wilder moors of the Moelwyns. We’ll see Moel Siabod, and pass Dolwyddelan Castle, which was built by Llewelyn the Great.

  • Day 6 – Dolwyddelan to Bethesda

    15.5 miles

    Possibly the most dramatic day of all, we begin by walking out of the pretty village of Dolwyddelan up into the forest and moorland that surrounds Moel Siabod. After admiring the eastern crags of this fantastic mountain, we reach the day’s high point and an inspiring view opens out ahead. Down below are the woodlands surrounding Capel Curig, and then ahead are the mountain ranges of the Glyders and Carneddau.

    The rest of the day is spent walking through the Ogwen Valley and the Nant Ffrancon, wide valleys with great vies of the surrounding peaks, including Tryfan. We finish in Bethesda, once the centre of world slate mining.

    Guided day walk in Snowdonia, up and on to the Glyders..

  • Day 7 – Bethesda to Llanfairfechan

    11.7 miles

    Taking a rising path over the flanks of the Carneddau mountains, we begin the day with an expansive view of the Isle of Anglesey and the sea. We then gradually descend to the Aber Falls, an impressive 37m high waterfall and one of the route’s highlights.

    The Carneddau are the largest expanse of high ground in Wales, and we’ll certainly feel remote as we take a track along their northern slopes before descending to the seaside town of Llanfairfechan.

  • Day 8 – Llanfairfechan to Conwy

    9.3 miles

    The final day of the long-distance trail, and there are still surprises in store. We climb back into the Carneddau mountains and past the most northerly 2000ft mountain in Wales. On a small rise we reach Cefn Coch, where a 4000 year old stone circle looks as though it’s been very well placed between the brooding hills and the sea.

    From here it’s a long descent to Conwy, past a nature reserve and the heather-covered flanks of Conwy Mountain. We finish walking next to the estuary of the River Conwy, with the massive bulk of Conwy Castle appearing ahead.

  • Day 9 - Snowdon

    As a grand finale, we are offering you the chance to climb Snowdon on our final day of walking. It’s likely that we’ll head up from Nant Gwynant via the south ridge, the route the high-level version of the Snowdonia Way takes. The path starts in woodland before joining the south ridge, a stunning line of ascent on the quieter side of the mountain.

    If you don’t feel like climbing Snowdon, there will also be the option of an easier walk on this day. Or if you don’t want to walk at all there are plenty of places you can go off and visit. Accommodation tonight is also provided, so you can explore at your leisure.

    Guided mountain group walk team

  • Day 10 - Departure

    Today is sadly time to leave Snowdonia after what we hope has been a fantastic holiday of walking and exploration. There is no schedule today, but of course you can always plan to travel later and explore more of North Wales. We’ll happily give you tips on where to go, just ask your leader.


Who will be looking after you...

Alex Kendall
Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams

Meeting point:

Arrivals and Meeting:

Our first night begins in Machynlleth, at the start of the trail, which has a train and bus station. We will be able to collect you from the station. If you do get the train to the start we will be able to drop you back at Bangor station at the end of the trip.

Where we are staying:

Obviously we will be moving along the Snowdonia way but he plan is to only stop in 2-3 locations and use our support bus to transfer you to the start of the walk each day. Collecting you at the end. Due to the nature of this walking holiday we will be based in a mix of hostels and guest houses.

Bag Transfer and Support Vehicle:

This trip includes bag transfers so all you have to worry about is carrying your day bag. We will also have a support vehicle available during the trip, this means if you wish to skip a stage your more than welcome to do so.


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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.
    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
    Member Since 2018
  • 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!
    Member Since 2016
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