7-Night Southern Snowdonia Christmas & New Year Walking Holiday

Lake At Capel Curig With Snowdon Behind
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Festive Breaks
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5
from £945pp £920pp

Snowdonia is simply stunning in the winter, especially when there's something to celebrate. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on full day walks to discover the varied beauty of Snowdonia on foot
  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Let a local leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Enjoy magnificent Snowdonia mountainscape scenery
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about Welsh history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of Britain’s most beautiful walking areas
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Discover what makes the Snowdonia so special from the sweeping valleys to the rocky peaks
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink, celebrate and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal and plenty of festive treats
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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.

The easier walk starts at the southern end of the famous trestle bridge over the estuary before picking up the Mawddach Trail, a disused railway line hugging the banks of the Mawddach Estuary with fabulous views throughout. Our walk ends beside another trestle bridge at Penmaenpool, where we meet the medium and harder walkers. The medium walk starts in Arthog village and ascends beside lovely waterfalls to an ancient clapper bridge. We visit a stone circle, an iron mine and the Cregennen Lakes before descending through the Abergwynant valley for a short stretch on the Mawddach trail to Penmaenpool. The harder walk follows the same route as the medium walk, then ascends the Dragon’s back, a delightful rugged area in the foothills of Cadair Idris to finish at the George III Inn with the other groups.

Plas Caerynwch, a local mansion, commissioned the Torrent Walk as an extension to its gardens, which were opened to the public early in the 19th century. It’s a beautiful woodland walk which follows a tumbling stream down from Brithdir; we all finish this way as we build an appetite for dinner. The easier walk heads east from the house through the Dolgwartheg Forest to the village of Brithdir before the return down the Torrent Walk. The medium and harder walks also head east but keep climbing after Brithdir to the super viewpoint of Y Foel before finding the same route back via the Torrent Walk.

The easier walk will do a scenic loop of the famous Old Precipice Walk, a circuit just north of Dolgellau with wonderful views of Coed-y-Brenin and the Mawddach estuary as well as Cadair Idris. It’s not as precipitous as it sounds and after walking beside a lake, we continue through parkland all the way to the house. The medium walk starts in Coed-y-Brenin forest, walking through a former gold mining area and visiting a copper mine, before meeting the Old Precipice Walk and following the route of the easier walk back to Dolserau Hall. Weather permitting, the harder walk will start on the Minffordd path, and tackle mighty Cadair Idris via a delightful ridge circling Llyn Cau. We then descend to the north on the Pony Path finishing at Gwernan Lake.

Exploring the Ardudwy coast, the easier walk starts at Pensarn to follow the Afon Artro to its estuary, then we stroll on the delightful pebbly beach at Llandanwg. We then turn inland to Llanfair for great views, before enjoying the perfect golden sands of Harlech beach. There’s a short ascent to finish in the historic town and a chance to visit the castle. The medium walk starts near Llanbedr village, following much of the same route, but ascending a little higher above Harlech for great views of its castle on the final leg. The harder walk explores the wild area to the north of Harlech, ascending to the stone circle of Bryn Cader Faner. We then head southwest with lovely coastal views, gradually descending to finish in Harlech town.

Starting just outside Barmouth, the easier walk ascends gradually to the Panorama viewpoint above the town, arguably one of the best in Wales. We then descend beside a stream to the estuary and can walk out onto the famous trestle bridge for some sea air and wildlife spotting, before finishing our walk in Barmouth town. The medium route also visits the Panorama viewpoint as well as the Barmouth slabs, Raven Rock, and Dinas Oleu – the first piece of land given to the National Trust – before descending gradually to Barmouth itself. The harder route ascends from Caerdeon to the Bwlch-y-Rhiwgyr pass, then follows the crest of a wide grassy ridge, with wonderful estuary and coastal views, descending gradually to finish along the beach to Barmouth.

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.



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, 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, 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

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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

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
23 Dec / 30 Dec Itinerary 1 2019 £995 £965 Save £30 per person Book Now
27 Dec / 03 Jan Itinerary 1 2019 £945 £920 Save £25 per person Book Now
7 nights
Festive Breaks
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

7 nights from £945pp £920pp

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