Northern Snowdonia Christmas & New Year Walking Holiday
Celebrate Christmas and New Year in Snowdonia
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Christmas & New Year
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.
- Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
- A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
- Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
- Evening activities include dancing, quizzes and carol evenings
- Cosy country house and a special festive cheer
- Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
- A programme of organised walks and activities
- The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
- Any transport to and from the walks
Craflwyn Hall offers a stunning and peaceful location on the edge of Beddgelert 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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
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
|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.
Just 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.
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
Festive Walking at Snowdon
Our House Manager and leaders are busy putting together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday.
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:
Easier: up to a maximum of 7½ miles (12½km)
Medium: up to a maximum of 9 miles (14½km)
Harder: up to a maximum of 12 miles (19km)
Moel Siabod & Betwys -y-Coed - Monday 24 December
A great introduction to Snowdonia! Our easier walk heads to the mighty Swallow Falls, one of Snowdonia’s ‘must sees’, and at its best in winter. Our medium and harder walks ascend Moel Siabod by different routes, a favourite Welsh mountain among walkers.
Beddgelert - Tuesday 25 December
Today we’ll build up an appetite for Christmas dinner by exploring the area surrounding Beddgelert. Our easier and medium options start by the shores of Llyn Dinas and ascend into the Cwm Bychan Valley returning by different routes in the Aberglaslyn Pass. Both will have the opportunity to discover the legend of Gelert’s Grave! Our harder option heads to the top of Moel Hebog, the enticing mountain guarding Beddgelert.
Llanberis & Snowdon - Wednesday 26 December
Our easier option is a circular walk around Lyn Padarn, a lake with views of Snowdon and surrounding hills. There will be time at the end of the walk to enjoy the wealth of historic and scenic interest in Llanberis. Our medium option also starts and finishes in Llanberis and takes in the impressive top of Moel Eilio, a rounded summit standing at the end of one of the massive ridges leading up to Snowdon. Our harder option is an ascent of Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, via the popular Pyg track.
Llyn Coastal Path & Porthmadog - Friday 28 December
|Today we have an opportunity to visit the beautiful Welsh coast on our walks along the Lyn Coastal Path. Our easier walk starts at the picturesque town of Criccieth with its imposing castle and follows the coast path to Porthmadog. Our medium and harder options follow a longer section of the coast path but briefly head inland to ascend Moel y Gest, a panoramic viewpoint with remains of an iron age hillfort.|
Views of the Carneddau - Saturday 29 December
From Ogwen Cottage our easier option follows the shores of Llyn Idwal before continuing along the Ogwen Valley to Capel Curig. Our medium option starts in Capel Curig and ascends the panoramic peak of Crimpiau then continues on past Llyn Crafnant, Lyn Geirionydd and the mighty Swallow Falls. The objective for the harder option today is Carnedd Dafydd, one of Snowdonia’s finest mountains. We’ll reach it via a steep ascent of Pen yr Ole Wen.
Moel Siabod & Betwys-y-Coed - Monday 31 December
Today our easier walk heads to the mighty Swallow Falls, one of Snowdonia’s ‘must sees’, and at its best in winter. Our medium and harder walks ascend Moel Siabod by different routes, a favourite Welsh mountain among walkers.
Beddgelert Area - Tuesday 1 January
Today we’ll start the New Year by exploring the area surrounding Beddgelert. Our easier and medium options start by the shores of Llyn Dinas and ascend into the Cwm Bychan Valley returning by different routes in the Aberglaslyn Pass. Both will have the opportunity to discover the legend of Gelert’s Grave! Our harder option heads to the top of Moel Hebog, the enticing mountain guarding Beddgelert.
Llyn Coastal Path & Porthmadog - Wednesday 2 January
Today we have an opportunity to visit the beautiful Welsh coast on our walks along the Lyn Coastal Path. Our easier walk starts at the picturesque town of Criccieth with its imposing castle and follows the coast path to Porthmadog. Our medium and harder options follow a longer section of the coast path but briefly head inland to ascend Moel y Gest, a panoramic viewpoint with remains of an iron age hillfort.
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 route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
The 25 mile journey from Bangor railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £45 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 airport 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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