Snowdonia Walking Weekend - The Carneddau Range...
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Difficulty Level2 Two
Welcome to a land that is steeped in so much history that it rightly became known as the Land of Legends a few years ago.
For this walking weekend we’re staying right in the heart of it all at a fantastic location where you can bask in the summer heat while simply taking in the expansive views across the Conwy Valley.
While exploring the gentler side of the peaks in the Carneddau mountains, expect sublime remote scenery peppered with stone circles, iron-age hill forts, Neolithic settlements and possible sightings of wild Welsh mountain ponies.
Add into the mix good food including a BBQ on the Saturday, summery weather (of course) and great company, and you have the makings of a cracking weekend.
In a nutshell:
- Gentle jaunts where the ever-changing scenery and ancient landmarks turn a day’s walking into a delightful delve into history.
- Feel part of it all staying in a great hostel with a garden made for enjoying sundowners while looking across the rolling hills.
- Relish life outdoors – from walking through lovely countryside to eating al fresco.
Friday – from 5pm onwards
Tucked away at the top of a hill is a traditional Welsh farmhouse which is now a superb hostel and our base for the weekend. As guests arrive (any time after 5pm) there will no doubt be a natural migration of people towards the garden with drinks in-hand as they soak up the views while having a natter.
By 8pm we’ll be enticing people back inside with the promise of dinner which has been freshly prepared by your Large Outdoors host.
Afterwards we’ll give you a briefing about the weekend and let you know what the walk options are for the next day.
After a good breakfast and with packed lunches lobbed into the rucksacks, it’s time to head outdoors for the day’s adventuring. There are plenty of options for walks, some of which start right from the hostel but here’s a taster:
The two lakes of Cwm Dulyn:
Starting a very short drive from the hostel (to save walking along the road), we’ll walk up the wild and remote Dulyn valley, mostly on good tracks, and visit the twin lakes that stand underneath the impressive cliffs of Craig y Dulyn. Above us will be Carnedd Llewellyn, the third highest mountain in Wales, and a great backdrop for our walk. We’ll head back through the valley on the other side, seeing a Neolithic settlement and Iron Age hill-fort before returning to the cars.
Standing near the hostel, the shapely yet accessible summit of Drum makes an excellent walk. Starting from the hostel door, we’ll walk up to the Bwlch y Ddeufaen (the pass of two stones), named after the two standing stones near the top of the pass. We then take a gently-angled track right to the summit of Drum, where views will range from the Conwy Valley all the way round the coast to Anglesey and the high Carneddau. Descending from Drum over some beautiful mountainside, we’ll reach paths that take us straight back to the hostel.
So many to choose from but other excursions can include a hike up the peak of Tal y Fan, which stands near the hostel, to a walk up to the famous Aber Falls along the coast. There are also plenty of other valleys cloaked in forest that lie to the south of the hostel where we can find miles of happy wandering.
Once we’ve returned to the hostel, there’s time to relax with a cup of tea before we create a feast or fire up the barbecue if it’s Summer, and quite simply make the most of the special setting toasting the surroundings with a glass of vino or other tipple.
Breakfast, packed lunch, packed bags and out the door – you’ll be a well-honed crew by this point!
Before heading home, we spend much of the day having a gentle adventure such as the ones described below.
The Conwy Riverside
Following paths that take us through the farmland and woodland bordering the River Conwy, we pass the Canovium Roman Fort, enjoying river scenery while looking across at the hills we were walking in on Saturday.
Don’t let the name mislead you, this isn’t a big hill! However standing right over Conwy harbour and the estuary it’s got some of the best views in North Wales, looking back at the Carneddau and down on the imposing Conwy Castle, built by Edward I to control the rebellious Welsh. We’ll walk up it and explore the mountain’s three summits before descending back down to Conwy itself.
About the area
Snowdonia National Park
The Snowdonia National Park in North Wales is widely recognized as one of the most incredible landscapes in Britain, if not Europe. The high peaks flow over to rolling hillsides as gushing streams fall to sandy beaches, meandering rivers, and the crash of waterfalls. Here the sea is never far away from the crags, and the possibilities for adventure range from gentle walks to watersports, to high mountain climbing.
The Carneddau mountains in the east of the National Park cover 10% of the area and are the largest expanse of high ground in England and Wales. They are bordered to the east by the deep Conwy Valley, and have been lived in for thousands of years – indeed there are over 1000 ancient sites recorded in these hills. Alongside the natural wonders, there are cosy mountain villages, the dramatic Conwy Castle, pubs and cafes everywhere you look, and wildlife bringing life to these remote and spectacular valleys.
Good to know:
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday. Breakfasts and a packed lunch for Saturday.
- 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.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: 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.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Vegetarian or Vegan: We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.
We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.
Ticket / room types:
Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.
If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.
Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.
Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
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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