Northern Snowdonia Outdoor Escapes Holiday

Exhilarating weekends - as adventurous or relaxing as you choose

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  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £249.00 - 2 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Outdoor Escapes offer exhilarating weekends and short breaks; ideal if you want to make the most of your time away from work.

Your break can be as action-packed or relaxed as you choose. There's a choice of three walks each day including challenging mountain walks for those who want to aim high. If you prefer to take things easy, our shorter walks allow plenty of time to see wildlife, stop at the pub, or explore the key sights. 

Once the activity is over, relax at our 4-star Country House with a delicious meal and glass of wine with other likeminded outdoor enthusiasts.

This land of shimmering lakes and magnificent peaks is a stunning National Park, where mighty mountains give way to scenic valley scenes of pretty slate villages. The drama of these landscapes is mirrored in its many myths and legends and made more mystical still by the singing lilt of the Welsh language that echoes in its valleys. Listen for ‘lechyd da’ as you raise a well-earned glass at the end of day.

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Accommodation

4 star rating country house in snowdon

Craflwyn Hall offers a stunning and peaceful location on the edge of Beddgerlert village. There are superb walks right on the doorstep, with the local mountains of Snowdon and Moel Hebog within easy reach.

Leased from the National Trust, Craflwyn Hall has 21 bedrooms, located in the main building and in the stable block which has been converted retaining many of the original features.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Dining room
  • Three lounges
  • Free WiFi is available in the public rooms 
  • Attractive grounds 
  • Peaceful location at the foot of Snowdon
  • Variety of walks within the estate
  • Attractive views of the surrounding peaks

Dining

AAn example of Snowdon (Beddgelert) evening mealll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Craflwyn Hall is generally accessible to wheelchair users. There are no ground floor rooms, but there is a lift. One of the rooms on the 1st floor has a converted bathroom that is suitable for wheelchair users.

More details on Snowdon accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and guests are requested to read the booklets in the rooms regarding safety procedures. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued on request. An under-pillow vibrating pad is available on request
  • Good signage for fire escape routes
  • Internet access computer available free of charge. Free Wifi
  • Mobile phone reception in the house and surrounding area is not available
  • One bedroom key issued per room (second key available on request)
  • Guide dogs can be provided for
  • Information can be provided in large print

Itinerary

Experience the very best of Snowdonia on our walks. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood.

For those of you staying for 7 nights, there will be a free day in the middle of the holiday - the perfect chance to head off and explore independently, or just kick back and relax.

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Outdoor Escapes at Snowdon - 2 & 3 night breaks

Available on: 7 Jun 2019, 19 Jul 2019, 30 Aug 2019

Craflwyn Hall in SnowdonDay 1: Arrival Day

Join us at our Craflwyn Hall Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll around the Craflwyn Estate  to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.

 

 

Day 2: Moel Siabod, Betws-y-Coed and Bodnant

Select from the choice of 3 guided walks. Take it easy on a relaxed exploration of Betws-y-Coed and Bodnant Gardens, or climb the ever popular mountain of Moel Siabod.

Option 1: Swallow Falls & Bodnant

Impressive cascades of the Swallow Falls

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 250 feet (75m)

The walk in a nutshell: Wonder at nature's power as we walk beside the Llugwy river and Swallow Falls. Time to explore Betws y Coed, before we hop on board our transport to beautiful Bodnant Gardens.

Don’t miss: Swallow Falls are an awesome sight; even better after a period of heavy rain.

Option 2: Moel Siabod

Snowdonia national park signDistance: 5½ miles (8½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (700m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the top of Moel Siabod, a favourite Welsh mountain amongst many walkers.

Don’t miss: The 360º views from the top are unparalleled. Refreshments at the Siabod Café in Capel Curig are a great way to end a memorable day.

Option 3: Moel Siabod via Daear Ddu

Three walkers climbing a mountain

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,650 feet (820m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular route from Capel Curig, ascending Moel Siabod via the Daear Ddu ridge, with the reward of seeing Snowdonia laid out for you from the summit. 

Don’t miss: The narrow Daear Ddu ridge is a lesser-known route to the top of this popular mountain.

 

Day 3: Snowdon

The summit of Snowdon is a magnet to many walkers. We offer the choice of two routes to the summit, or a more relaxed exploration of Llyn Padarn at the mountain's foot.

Option 1: Around Llyn Padarn

Viw over Llyn Padarn towards Snowdon

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent:  950 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Admire views of Snowdon on this circular walk around Padarn Lake. You have lots of time to enjoy the wealth of historic and scenic interest in Llanberis at the end of the walk. 

Don’t miss: The excellent (and free) National Slate Museum, complete with its row of atmospheric miner's cottages.

Option 2: Snowdon Pyg Track

Snowdon summit

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)

The walk in a nutshell: Climb to the top of Snowdon via the Pyg Track - a well engineered (but still steep in places) path to Snowdon. We return to our start point via the Miners’ track. 

Don’t miss: Reaching the top of Snowdon, the highest peak in England & Wales, is always a great achievement.

Option 3: Snowdon

Striding out after tackling Snowdon

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 3,200 feet (980m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the summit of Snowdon using the popular route from Pen y Pass. We descend the superb and less busy south ridge to join the Watkin Path back to Craflwyn Hall.

Don’t miss: That 'on top of the world' feeling as you complete the ascent and get to stand on the highest peak in Wales.

 

Day 4: Departure Day & Aberglaslyn Pass Walk

Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a guided walk through the Aberglaslyn Pass to Beddgelert village.

Option 1: Aberglaslyn Pass

Steam train heading throughthe Aberglaslyn Pass

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circuit from Craflwyn Hall takes in all the local highlights. We start by the shores of Llyn Dinas then have a steep climb into the Cwm Bychan valley and the Aberglaslyn Pass.

Don’t miss: Walking through the narrow Aberglaslyn Pass to discover the legend of Gelert's Grave.


Outdoor Escapes at Snowdon - 4 night breaks

Available on: 10 Jun 2019

Craflwyn Hall in SnowdonDay 1: Arrival Day

Join us at our Craflwyn Hall Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll around the Craflwyn Estate  to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.

 

Day 2: Ffestiniog Railway & the Moelwyns

Enjoy the choice of 3 guided walks. The narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway is a local highlight, or you may prefer to climb the shapely summit of Cnicht.

Option 1: Beside the Ffestiniog Railway

Red steam locomotive on the Ffestiniog Railway

Distance: 5 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Ride on the Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog to Ddaullt, then walk back beside the line, with great views of the valley below.

Don’t miss: The train ride is a particularly scenic start to the day. We'll also have time to explore the attractive wooded gardens at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch.

Option 2:Beneath the Moelwyn Mountains

Steam train rounding the spiral at Ddaullt

Distance: 6½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Take a longer train ride to Tanygrisiau, then walk beneath the Moelwyn mountains to Tan-y-Bwlch, with a finish at the Oakley Arms.

Don’t miss: Watching trains steam around the unique spiral at Ddaullt station.

Option 3: Cnicht - the Matterhorn of Wales

The distinctive summit of Cnicht

Distance: 9 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic horseshoe walk that links the shapely summit of Cnicht, and the top of Moelwyn Mawr.

Don’t miss: Known as the 'Matterhorn of Wales', Cnicht is one of the country's most distinctive peaks.

 

Day 3: Gwynant Valley & The Glyders

Enjoy a local walk to Llyn Gwynant, or head into the heart of the Snowdonian mountains for walks in the rugged Glyders.

Option 1: Llyn Gwynant

Beautifu mountain lake of Llyn Dinas

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the beautiful green Gwynant Valley past the twin lakes of Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas.

Don’t miss: Time to relax back at Craflwyn Hall, or stop to visit the nearby Sygun Copper Mine. 

Option 2: Glyder Fach

The mountain of Y Garn

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: An ascent to the summit of Glyder Fach and its famous Cantilever stone. We've picked the easiest route to the top of this rugged peak.

Don’t miss: A celebratory pint at the famous Pen-y-Gwryd hotel; the base for the 1953 Everest expedition.

Option 3: The Glyders

Walker balanced on top of the Cantilver Stone

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: a particularly rugged walk via the fabulous amphitheatre of the Devil’s Kitchen, to reach the  twin tops of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach, and the famous Cantilever stone.

Don’t miss: Clambering up onto the Cantilever stone to pose for a classic photo.

 

Day 4: Welsh Highland & the Nantlle Ridge

An exploration around Beddgelert could include a walk beside the Welsh Highland Railway, the summit of Moel Hebog, or a magnificent traverse of the Nantlle Ridge.

Option 1: Around Beddgelert

Train on Welsh Highland Railway

Distance: 7½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Take the train to Rhyd Ddu then walk back to Beddgelert on a lovely track, which meanders past lakes and forestry plantations with views of Snowdon and Nantlle Ridge.

Don’t miss: There's time to explore Beddgelert, including Gelert's grave. Make sure to visit the celebrated ice cream parlour in the village.

Option 2: Moel Hebog

 Stunning view from the summit of Moel Hebog

Distance: 7 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Climb to the top of Moel Hebog; the local peak which stands guard above Beddgelert.

Don’t miss: Choose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a stunning panorama across the Snowdonian mountains.

Option 3: Nantlle Ridge

Rugged mountains on the Nantlle Ridge

Distance: 7 miles

The walk in a nutshell: The Nantlle Ridge is a must-do for more adventurous walkers: a true British ‘classic’ ridge with some exposure but with rewards to match.

Don’t miss: Not for the feint hearted; however this is mountain walking at its very best.

 

Day 5: Departure Day

Time to head home. If you've still time or energy to explore further then why not borrow one of our self-guided route cards from our Discovery Point, and enjoy a further walk independently.

Local area

Discover Snowdonia

The picturesque village of Beddgelert is about 1 mile from Craflwyn Hall. Facilities here are limited and include a post office, pubs and cafés. The nearest town is Porthmadog, about 8 miles away, which has a wide range of shops and facilities

During your visit to Craflwyn Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Couple looking out of the train window at Snowdonia sceneryWelsh Highland Railway
The recently re-opened Welsh Highland railway runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, passing through Beddgelert on route. This is a spectacular journey which includes the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass and views of Snowdon. The steep gradients require powerful locomotives which have to work particularly hard on the climb from Beddgelert to the summit of the line at Rhyd Ddu. www.festrail.co.uk 

Steam train climbing to the summit of SnowdonGreat Little Trains of Wales
Snowdonia is noted for its concentration of narrow guage steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys. The Ffestiniog Railway and Snowdon Moutain Railways are both within reach. For a truly unique day out you can take the mountain railway to the summit of Snowdon (best to book in advance as tickets can sell out quickly on busy days). www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk

National Slate Museum
Located at Llanberis, the excellent, and free, National Slate Museum tells the story of this once extensive industry. You can see slate being cut by hand, the huge waterwheel that powers the machinery, and the fascinating quarrymen's houses which show their development over the centuries. Llanberis is around 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and can also be reached using the Snowdon Sherpa bus. www.museumwales.ac.uk/slate

View over harbour to Caernarfobn CastleCaernarfon Castle
Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales, Caernarfon Castle is one of the most impressive and well preserved fortifications in the principality. Along with neighbouring castles at Harlech, Beaumaris and Conwy it now has World Heritage status. Caernarfon is around 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, or can be reached using the Welsh Highland Railway. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk 

Criccieth
The seaside town of Criccieth is around 25 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and full of Victorian character. You could visit the historic castle, relax on the beach, or sample the excellent ice cream at Cadwaders parlour.

Llyn Peninsula
The long arm of the Llyn Peninsula offers beautiful and contrasting scenery, with wild cliffs and white sandy coves. Enjoy the glorious beaches at Aberdaron or Abersoch, or walk to the tip of the peninsula and enjoy the views of Bardsey Island.

The imposing entrance to Harlech CastleHarlech Castle

Harlech Castle occupies a superb vantage point overlooking the coast and the mountains of Snowdonia. Built by Edward I, its imposing walls were built by 1,000 skilled craftsmen between 1283 and 1295. www.cadw.gov.uk

 

Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Located near Bleanau Ffestiniog, about 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns are one of the area's most popular attractions. Take the underground railway deep into the mountain where a knowledgeable guide will tell you how slate was hewn by hand. www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk

Bodnant Gardens
Situated in the Conwy Valley, about 50 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, the National Trust's gardens at Bodnant have impressive collections of colour and views of the Snowdonian mountains. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden

Plas Newydd house and the Menai StraitsPlas Newydd
The grand house at Plas Newydd enjoys glorious views overlooking the Menai Straits. Built for the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, the house itself is impressive, as are the extensive gardens. Now managed by the National Trust. Around 50 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd

 

Portmeirion
This quaint Italianate village was the brainchild of the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is also well-known as the setting for the cult 1960’s TV series The Prisoner. Portmeirion is around 20 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. www.portmeirion-village.com

 

Plas Newydd image ©National Trust Images/John Millar. Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle images © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government

Travel

Travel to Snowdon

Our address is: Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NG

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway stations are Porthmadog and Betws-y-Coed; however we would recommend taking the train to Bangor which has the best train service. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 25 mile journey from Bangor railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £40 per taxi.  Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Craflwyn Hall Manager.

Bus

By bus:

There is a limited bus service which runs past Craflwyn Hall. Any bus route that goes between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Gwryd will pass the end of the drive of Craflwyn Hall. For bus times see www.traveline.info

Driving to us

By car:

For a lovely drive through the Welsh countryside, head towards Betws-y-Coed. In Betws-y-Coed take the A5, heading towards Bangor, as far as Capel Curig, then turn left onto the A4086. After a further 4 miles bear left onto the A498 at the Pen-y-Gwyrd Hotel; this road follows the Glaslyn Valley passing two large lakes. The entrance to Craflwyn Hall is on the right hand side of the road, approximately 1 mile after the second lake. Look out for the brown National Trust sign.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Bangor. Trains from the aiport take 3 hours, with one change at Crewe or Chester. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Bangor by train. You'll need to head to Euston station in the centre of London, from where there are direct trains to Bangor. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

In each case complete your journey to Craflwyn Hall by taxi (see above).

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