New for 2021

7-Night Southern Snowdonia Big Mountain Walk

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Adventure Walks
Walking Grade: 6
from £995pp

Complete some of Snowdonia’s finest mountain ridges on this exciting holiday. These routes often include a bit of scrambling to add interest and finish on a pointy summit, so you know you’ve "topped out". The “Big Mountain Walks” holidays feature some absolute classics, all of which are must-do's for keen hillwalkers. And if you've done them before you know you'll never tire of this fine collection.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the dramatic scenery and history of Southern Snowdonia
  • Tackle some of Wale's finest ridge walks
  • Discover the wild and rugged Rhinogs
  • Ascend Cadair Idris via the famous Minffordd Path
  • Tackle some of Snowdonia’s finest ridges
  • Complete the Croesor Horseshoe in the Moelwyns
  • Enjoy the rocky Aran ridge and visit the highest point in Southern Snowdonia

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the wild and rugged Rhinogs
  • Ascend Cadair Idris via the famous Minffordd Path
  • Tackle some of Snowdonia’s finest ridges
  • Complete the Croesor Horseshoe in the Moelwyns
  • Enjoy the rocky Aran ridge and visit the highest point in Southern Snowdonia

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 6 days guided walking
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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We set off from the village of Croesor and ascend steeply up the South West ridge of Cnicht. From here we follow a semi-circular route to the impressive remains of the Rhosydd Quarries before ascending to the highest point of the day, Moelwyn Mawr, for superb 360 degree views. Some easy scrambling takes us down to Bwlch Stwlan before a short ascent to the last top of the day, Moelwyn Bach. We then descend down it’s gentle Western ridge for the return to Croesor.

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 3,000 feet (920m)


This is an excellent high-level walk that starts at the remote Bwlch y Groes or “the Pass of the Cross”. We approach the Aran ridge from the East which gives us the best view of these craggy summits. Aran Benllyn is the first top followed by Aran Fawddwy, the highest point on the ridge at just under 3,000 feet, then Glasgwm before we descend to the end of the walk at Bwlch Oerddrws.

Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)


Discover more about Dolserau Hall and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day.


Todays walk starts on the shore of Llyn Ogwen and ascends to Pen yr Ole Wen via a short scramble, the first of 3,000 footer of the day. Carnedd Dafydd and Llewelyn are next along a broad ridge. We then take in the summits of Pen yr Helgi and Pen Llithrig y Wrach along a narrow, rocky ridge on our way to a bridleway that takes us to Capel Curig.

Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Ascent: 3,900 feet (1,200m)


We take the classic Minffordd Path to the summit of Cadair Idris as it gives great views of Llyn Cau during the ascent. After enjoying views from the rocky summit, we follow the ridge East to visit the tops of  Mynydd Moel and then Gau Graig before descending down a steep, grassy slope. Our route back to Dolserau includes the famous Torrent Walk, much favoured by Victorian tourists to the area.

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 3,200 feet (970m)


The Rhinogs are probably the most remote and least-visited mountains in Wales and are characterised by heather and rock and very little grass. Our route starts at Graigddu-isaf and follows forest tracks to the summit of the pass of Drws-Ardudwy. Here we take a very steep path through heather to reach the rocky summit of Rhinog Fach. Then it’s down to Llyn Hywel and back to the pass where we make a rough ascent to the summit of Rhinog Fawr. A challenging and exhilarating day to finish the week.

Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 3,000 feet (920m)


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Dolserau Hall

Walkers in the know head to southern Snowdonia to uncover one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Stood in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, just a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, Dolserau Hall makes a superb base for getting off the beaten path.  The tranquillity of the location wraps around you. A smart country house with breathtaking views from every room, attractive gardens and vistas that stretch across the valley to the summit of Cadair Idris, you’re surrounded by rural inspiration. Depending on what mood strikes, explore the Rhinogs, take on a classic ridge walk with great views, set foot on the Mawddach Trail or follow the coast to Harlech, where the eponymous medieval castle stands on a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay. Croeso I Cymru, as they say around here.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of bedrooms in the converted coach house close by. With 23 rooms, Dolserau Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Enjoy the extra space of Room 1 and soak luxuriously in the tub that comes with the room, or watch the light change outside from the comfort and privacy of the sofa in front of the large picture window in Room 5.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge bar, library and board games to borrow

After a day rambling over the slopes of the Rhinogs or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Wander through the Coach House garden and admire the far-reaching views. Settle into the lounge bar and sink into the comfy leather sofas here. Grab a book or a board game and make yourself comfortable.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Dolserau Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a six-course feast of regional flavours. Look out for highlights including Cawl Cennin, a leek and potato broth, smoked haddock with Welsh rarebit and lava bread and Welsh lamb Wellington. If you’ve space, tuck into a slice of Monmouth Pudding, a great old-fashioned desert of breadcrumbs, fruit, cream and meringue

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Dolserau Hall

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
17 Sep - 24 Sep
7 Adventure Walk £995 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Adventure Walks
Walking Grade:
6

7 nights from £995pp

New for 2021

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