Walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy like-minded company and a great selection of walks in Snowdonia National Park. Discover pretty slate villages, unspoilt views and famous summits as you discover this beautiful corner of Wales. This land of shimmering lakes and magnificent peaks is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which offers many challenging paths as you scale the tough but beautiful Snowdonia. 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.
- Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
- Charming Country House leased from the National Trust
- Outstanding peaceful location at the base of Snowdon, one mile from the popular village of Beddgelert
- A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
- Admire panoramic mountain, lake and river views
- 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
- Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
- A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of Britain’s most beautiful walking areas
- Evenings in our country house where you share a drink, celebrate and re-live the day’s adventures
- 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
- A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites
On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.
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.
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.
Today we’ll build up an appetite for 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.
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.
Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
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.
- 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)
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
- A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
- 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
- Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
- Waterproof rucksack liner
- Sun hat and sunscreen (we may just get lucky and have some festive sunshine!)
Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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23 Dec - 27 Dec
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4 nights from £735pp
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