7-Night Northern Snowdonia Walking and Sightseeing Holiday

Duration: 7 nights
Type: Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade: 2
from £829pp £729pp

Enjoy full days exploring North Snowdonia, combining the perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. Discover the very best half-day walks in the area, including Swallow Falls, Llyn Idwal, and marvel at spectacular views of the Snowdon Horseshoe. Other highlights include the glorious Bodnant Gardens, the 19th century fantasy castle of Penrhyn, and a scenic journey on the Ffestiniog Railway.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the very best half-day walks in the area, including Swallow Falls and Llyn Idwal.
  • Soak up spectacular views of the Snowdon Horseshoe
  • Explore the glorious Bodnant Gardens created over 150 years ago
  • Visit the 19th century fantasy castle of Penrhyn
  • Take a scenic journey on the Ffestiniog Railway.

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Ascent: 250 feet (75m)

In Summary: We walk next to the Llugwy river, viewing the stunning Swallow Falls, and the miners bridge to arrive in Betws y Coed. After looking round the town we hop on board our transport and head for beautiful Bodnant Gardens, voted one of the most glorious gardens in the UK, and deservedly so.  

Distance: 3½ miles (6km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

In Summary:   A fabulous walk takes us from Pen-y-llyn and up above the lake, Llyn Padarn, to drop down at the famous slate mine museum before ending in Llanberis - the village at the foot of Snowdon, known today as the ‘Adventure centre of North Wales’.

In the afternoon, there's plenty of time for you to explore - possibilities include taking a trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway (book tickets plenty of time in advance to be assured a place - if you book for the 2pm train, you've time to enjoy the walk too); visit the National Slate Museum, Electric Mountain or Dolbadarn Castle, take a train ride on the Llanberis Lake Railway, or just stroll beside Llyn Padarn and enjoy an ice-cream!

Distance: 4 miles (7km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

Descent: 1,200ft (375m) 

In Summary: Hop on board the Ffestiniog railway (the oldest independent railway in the world!), and admire spectacular scenery as we head into the mountains on our journey from the coast at Porthmadog, to Dduallt. We begin our walk here, taking us through the National Nature Reserve of Coedydd Maentwrog with its waterfalls, to the scenic Llyn Mair and on to Plas Tan y Bwlch, a grand house, now the study centre for the Snowdonia National Park. There's time here to enjoy the tea shop and gardens, take a stroll through the estate woodland, before finishing today's walk at the Oakley Arms.


Distance: Walk one: 2 miles (3km); walk two: 2½ miles (4km)

Ascent: Walk one: 250ft (80m); walk two: 500 feet (160m) 

In Summary: Our walks are split today, into two fabulous shorter walks. Our first starts at Capel Curig, taking us to a classic viewpoint for scenes of the Snowdon Horseshoe.  From Capel Cuirg we travel north to the 19th century fantasy castle of Penrhyn where we've time to discover its secrets and enjoy a stroll around the gardens before we head to the Ogwen Valley, for an absolute classic short walk, to Llyn Idwal. Set in an atmospheric cwm, Llyn Idwal is a geologist’s paradise, and this short walk gets you right into the heart of the mountains. Though short, the walk will stretch your legs as it's pretty strenuous too - but we promise all efforts will be well worth it.  


Distance: 5½ miles (9.5km) 

Ascent: 620 feet (190m) 

In Summary: The finale is a superb walk exploring the stunning scenery that's right on our doorstep. We walk from near Bethania, along the shores of Llyn Dinas and to Sygun Copper Mine. From there, there's the option to return to Craflwyn Hall, or continue on our discovery of the Beddgelert area. We walk into the village itself, to learn more about Gelert, with a visit to his grave. An excellent ice cream shop makes a great end to this walk, before we stroll back to the country house.  


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 

Craflwyn Hall

In the heart of Snowdonia, Craflwyn Hall at the foot of Mount Snowdon, close to the picturesque village of Beddgelert, is a glorious story of recovery; once a substantial 19th century house in the heart of the Nan Gwynant Valley, the property was allowed to fall into a state of disrepair before being acquired by the National Trust and painstakingly restored. Now a walkers’ mountain retreat in a picture-perfect spot, it’s the ideal base for exploring northern Snowdonia. As well as places to stay in the main house, the stable block has been imaginatively converted into bedrooms too. Comfy lounges and a snug bar provide other creature comforts. The countryside on the doorstep provides the ultimate attraction though. Wake up early and enjoy the views if the cloud is up, then grab your walking boots and head out on to one of the trails up Snowdon. Or you could go further afield to the Glydrs, Moel Siabod, Cricht and Moel Hebog, as well as the pretty town of Betws Y Coed.


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 stables behind the house. With 22 rooms, Craflwyn Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Ask for Room 1, a large corner space with great green views, or Room 8, for its giant square picture window.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


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

After a day rambling over the slopes of Snowdon or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Sit out in the grounds with a coffee or great local Welsh ale or take a chance to relax in the small conservatory. If the weather’s not so favourable retire to the lounge and sink into one of the squashy leather sofas in front of the fireplace. The snug bar provides a great space to swap stories of mountain days too.

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 Craflwyn Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Kick off your day with a ‘Miner’s Breakfast’. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. Look out for highlights including Glamorgan sausages, braised salt marsh lamb shoulder shepherd’s pie and a Welsh version of Eve’s pudding.


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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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