Bridge & Walking at Snowdon
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Exercise your mind and body with this classic holiday combination. During the day you'll have a choice of two walks; either an easier (4-6 miles) or harder route (6-8 miles), both carefully selected to enable you to see the best of the local area. We'll return to the Country House in time to freshen up before the Duplicate Bridge competition in the evening. All guests on this holiday should be comfortable playing duplicate bridge at club level.
- Easy walks of between 4 and 6 miles
- Harder walks of between 6 and 8 miles
- Daily Bridge competition
- Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
- Small prizes offered, for fun
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, Bridge fees, EBU qualified Bridge Director, and prizes
- Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
- Expert leader: we carefully select friendly and knowledgeable Bridge Directors for each holiday
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - play Bridge together, eat together and relax together
Cralfwyn 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.
Choose your room
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• 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
|All 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.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
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.
- 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
Friday: Arrival Day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Your first Bridge session starts at 5pm and continues after dinner.
9.30am-3.30pm: A choice of guided walks lead by experienced HF Holidays' walks leaders. Details of the walks are given below.
5pm-10.30pm: Bridge competition, with a break for the evening meal
Free day On 7-night holidays there is a free day, usually the Monday for holidays starting on a Friday, where you can explore the local area independently or relax in the Country House.
Please note: The evening competition is structured by Duplicate Bridge movements which organise which competitors play which opponents and when and on which boards. In order to ensure fair competition and the correct “”balance”, we are obliged to ask that guests either take part in the whole evening competition (ie from 5pm through to 10.30pm) or “sit out” the entire competition on any particular evening. Please inform your Bridge leader as soon as possible if you do not intend to attend the evening Bridge competition
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
Saturday: Today both walks are circular from Craflwyn Hall. Passing the historic Sygun Copper Mine, we visit the spectacular Aberglaslyn Pass, walking beside the tumbling Afon Glaslyn where both road and steam railway squeeze through the gorge. On our return we pause at Beddgelert's most famous historical feature, 'Gelert's Grave', which according to legend is the resting place of ‘Gelert', the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great. Easier walk 5 miles with about 700 feet of ascent. Harder walk 6 miles with 1,400 feet of ascent
Sunday: The magnificent Ogwen Valley provides a stunning backdrop for the final day’s walks. The harder walk visits Cwm Idwal to see the jaw-dropping cliffs of the Devil’s Kitchen before walking beneath the Glyders and Tryfan and down to Capel Curig. The easier walk enjoys part of the same route after viewing lovely Llyn Ogwen, following the ‘Ogwen Old Road’, a green track descending the Afon Llugwy valley. Easier walk 4½ miles with 300 feet of ascent. Harder walk 8 miles with 800 feet of ascent.
Tuesday: Today our easier walk completes a circuit of Llyn Padarn, one of the largest natural lakes in Wales and occupying a valley scooped out by ice. Our harder walk starts near Nant Peris and takes us through the fascinating industrial archaeology of the Dinorwig Slate Quarries before returning us to Llanberis beside the scenic Llyn Padarn. Easier walk 6 miles with 950 feet of ascent. The harder walk 7½ miles with 1500 feet of ascent.
Wednesday: A day of coastal walking introduces us to the sandy shores of Tremadoc Bay, our easier walk taking us directly to the town of Porthmadog while our harder walk visits the summit of Moel-y-Gest. This rocky hill provides a fine viewpoint, looking out over the town to the rugged mountains of Snowdonia beyond. Easier walk 6½ miles with 300 feet of ascent. The harder walk 9 miles with 1300 feet of ascent.
This walk is outside the parameters advertised, but was used very successfully last year. Much of the walk is along fairly level coast so the extra distance should be manageable
Thursday: From Rhyd Ddu the easier walk follows a lovely purpose built walkway and cycle track, the Lon Las Gwyrfai, which meanders past lakes and forestry plantations with views of Snowdon, Moel Hebog and Nantlle Ridge to Beddgelert village and Craflwyn. Our harder walk follows a route over the southern shoulder of Snowdon into the upland valley of Cwm Llan before descending to Nantgwynant and Craflwyn. Easier walk 5 miles with 400 feet of ascent. The harder walk 7½ miles with 1500 feet of ascent.
What to bring
Bridge: All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes. EBU Members - don’t forget to bring your EBU membership number to earn Master Points on this holiday.
Walking: To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
Bring a rucksack, a thermos flask for a hot drink, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar, a small torch (in spring, autumn and winter) and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed). Many guests find walking poles useful, particularly for descents. Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses and protection cream and a camera are all optional extras you may choose to bring.
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:
Welsh 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
Great 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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 to Snowdon
Our address is: Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NG
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).
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.
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
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.
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).
Stephen lives in Chester and is a keen walker and bridge player. He has been leading Walking holidays and Bridge & Walking holidays for HF Holidays both in the UK and Abroad for a number of years. One of the good things about living in Chester is the wonderful countryside within easy reach and so he often walks in North Wales, the Lake District, the Peak District and, nearer home, the Clwydian hills and Cheshire plain. He regularly plays duplicate and competition bridge, mainly at the Deva Bridge club in Chester.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person