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4-Night Gentle Guided Walking in Northern Snowdonia

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Duration: 4 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 in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • 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 - Ty Hyll to Betws-y-Coed

Distance: 3 miles (4.5km) 

Total ascent: 130 feet (40m)

Total descent: 400 feet (125m)

In Summary: We’ll walk along Afon Llugwy to an impressive viewpoint of Swallow Falls. We’ll continue on a path high above the river before descending to Miners' Bridge and on to Betws-y-Coed.

Highlight: At the spot where Afon Llugwy flows through a narrow chasm, these majestic falls are an incredible sight. 

Option 2 - Around Betws-y-Coed

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m) 

In Summary: Walk through the Gwydyr Forest to Llyn Parc and Llyn Y Sarnau, then return past the mighty Swallow Falls to Betws-y-Coed. 

Highlight: Swallow Falls are an awesome sight; even better after a period of heavy rain. 

Option 3 - Llyn Elsi & Afon Lledr

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Total ascent: 1550 feet (475m)

In Summary: A lovely, circular walk which starts and finishes in Betws. We’ll begin by walking through the forest to the Llyn Elsi monument, continuing along the shore of the reservoir before descending through the forest to Afon Lledr which we’ll follow before taking the Roman Road back into Betws.

Highlight: The beautiful view of the whole reservoir from Llyn Elsi Monument.

Option 1 - Brynrefail to Llanberis

Distance: 3 miles (4.5km) 

Total ascent: 65 feet (20m)

In Summary: We’ll walk alongside Llyn Padarn, one of the largest natural lakes in Wales, with spectacular views all around before arriving into Llanberis where you can visit the famous Electric Mountain or the Slate Museum.

Highlight: The landscape around Llyn Padarn is breath-taking.

Option 2 - Around Llyn Padarn

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Total ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Admire views of Snowdon on this circular walk around Llyn Padarn. You'll have lots of time to enjoy the wealth of historic and scenic interest in Llanberis at the end of the walk.  

Highlight: The excellent (and free) National Slate Museum, complete with its row of atmospheric miners' cottages. 

Option 3 - Llyn Peris & Llyn Padarn

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Total ascent: 1690 feet (515m)

In Summary: We’ll start our day walking above Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn, getting some spectacular views and maybe even a peek at the mighty Snowdon before following the banks of Llyn Padarn into Llanberis where we will see the ruins of Dolbadarn Castle before finishing our walk.

Highlight: The mountainscape around these two lakes is simply stunning.

Option 1 - Black Rock Sands to Porthmadog

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Total ascent: 200 feet (65m)

Total descent: 200 feet (65m)

In Summary: We’ll start our day on Black Rock Sands and follow the beach to Afon Glaslyn, which we’ll keep to our right hand side before reaching Porthmadog, where the famous Ffestiniog Railway terminates.

Highlight: Black Rock Sands is a wide, open beach offering great views out to sea and into the National Park.

Option 2 - Criccieth to Porthmadog

Distance: 6½ miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

In Summary: From the picturesque town of Criccieth, with its imposing castle, we follow the coast to the popular holiday beach of Black Rock Sands then on to the gorgeous little harbour of Borth-y-Gest and Porthmadog.  

Highlight: Treat yourself at the celebrated Cadwaladers ice-cream parlour at either end of the walk. 

Option 3 - Llanystumdwy, Criccieth & Porthmadog

Distance: 8½ miles (14km) 

Total ascent: 480 feet (150m)

In Summary: We’ll start this beautiful coastal walk in Llanystumdwy, following the Wales Coast Path into Criccieth and on down the coast to Black Rock Sands. After a stroll along the beach we'll meet Afon Glaslyn and follow it into the pretty harbour town of Porthmadog.

Highlight: Spending the day on this stunning part of the Welsh Coast 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.


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.


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

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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