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3-Night Gentle Guided Walking in Northern Snowdonia

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Duration: 3 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of Northern Snowdonia. The choice of three guided walks includes a very short walk of 3 or 4 miles. A broad range of towns, villages, countryside and lakeside can be seen on this holiday and it can all be enjoyed at a relaxed pace.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on gentle day walks to discover the varied beauty of Snowdonia on foot
  • Admire panoramic valley, 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
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of Britain’s most beautiful walking areas
  • 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 and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 2 full days of guided walking with choice of easier, medium and harder grades
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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 from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Llandudno to the Great Orme

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Our walk takes us from the Lifeboat Station on the north shore of the Victorian resort of Llandudno, along part of the Alice in Wonderland trail and along to the west shore of Llandudno.

Highlight: The sculptures on the Alice in Wonderland trail.

Option 2 - Llandudno and the Great Orme

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In Summary: We’ll walk from the Lifeboat Station on the north shore of the Victorian resort of Llandudno. From there we’ll ascend the Great Orme via a series of paths before descending past the copper mine and walking along part of the Alice in Wonderland trail and finishing at the West Shore

Highlight: Happy Valley Gardens and the historic church of St Tudno on the Great Orme.

Option 3 - Llandudno, Great Orme and Conwy

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (350m) 

In Summary: We’ll ascend the Great Orme from the Lifeboat Station via series of paths that will take us through the Happy Valley Gardens and past the historic church of St Tudno. We’ll descend past the copper mine and walk along the western shore and continue on the coastal path to the historic town at Comwy.

Highlight: The Great Orme and the Alice in Wonderland trail near the west shore.


Option 1 - Pont Bethania to Craflwyn

Distance: 2½ miles (4km) 

Total ascent: 360 feet (110m)

In Summary: Starting from Pont Bethania, which is the usual starting point for those wishing to take the Watkin Path up to Snowdon, we then cross over the Afon Glasyln and head east of Llyn Dinas on the lakeside path. Once we reach the Sygun Copper mine we then take the short riverside path on the west side of the Afon Glaslyn back to Craflwyn Hall.

Highlight: Passing through the National trust working farm of Llyndy Isaf.

Option 2 - Pont Bethania & Beddgelert

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Total ascent: 360 feet (110m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: Learn more about Gelert with a visit to his grave in the village.

Option 3 - Gwynant Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In Summary: A lovely linear walk along the base of Snowdon back to Craflwyn Hall. We follow the Gwynant Valley, via the beautiful lakes of Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas. 

Highlight: Admire this beautiful green valley from the lakeside path.


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.

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

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 and larger television – 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.

Facilities

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.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Craflwyn Hall

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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.

Essentials

  • Waterproof 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)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • 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
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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