4-Night Southern Snowdonia Guided Walking Holiday

Cadair Idris
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5
from £469pp £409pp

Steeped in history, the landscapes of southern Snowdonia unfold to reveal one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Tucked away from the honeypot hotspots to the north of the National Park, the solitude and stunning scenery await discovery on our Guided Walking holidays.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on full day walks to discover the varied beauty of Snowdonia on foot
  • Admire panoramic valley, lake and river views from slopes and peaks
  • 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
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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 - Old Precipice Walk

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m) 

In Summary: The Precipice Walk is a real classic - a contouring path with amazing views over the Mawddach Estuary and the surrounding mountains (and it's nothing like as scary as the name suggests!).

Highlight: This panoramic trail enjoys wonderful views of Coed y Brenin Forest, the Mawddach Estuary and Cadair Idris. 

 

Option 2 - Coed y Brenin & Old Precipice Walk

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In Summary: Walk from the Coed y Brenin Forest to Dolserau Hall, passing the Rhaeadr Ddu waterfall, ruins of the Glasdir Copper mine, and following the famous Precipice Walk.

Highlight: The 60 foot cascade of Rhaeadr Ddu (Black Waterfall), is one of the most spectacular in Snowdonia.

 

Option 3 - Rhobell Fawr

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (700m)

In Summary: Ascend steeply to the local summit of Rhobell Fawr. Descending to the southwest, with great views of Coed y Brenin forest, we follow an old drovers’ road then walk back through park land to Dolserau Hall.

Highlight: Rhobell Fawr is another outstanding viewpoint, with a sweeping panorama across all the peaks of north Wales.

 


Option 1 - New Precipice Walk

Distance: 7 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: Enjoy the New Precipice Walk with its spectacular views of the Mawddach Estuary. We take this classic trail to Penmaenpool, returning on the Mawddach Trail to the lovely market town of Dolgellau.

Highlight: Another classic trail that contours around the hillside; the view down the Mawddach Estuary is stunning.

 

Option 2 - Cadair Idris

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)

In Summary: Follow the Minffordd path up Cadair Idris, passing an impressive corrie lake and dramatic ridge. We descend along the Victorian pony track.

Highlight: Cadair Idris is the most impressive mountain in Southern Snowdonia; a favourite with many walkers.

 

Option 3 - Cadair Idris Ridge

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)

In Summary: Ascend to the top of Cadair Idris via the Minffordd path. This outstanding mountain walk continues along this wonderful ridge, taking in two more summits, before descending gradually to Dolgellau.

Highlight: A fabulous ridge walk atop one of Britain's most loved mountains, with great views down the Mawddach Estuary to the sea.

 


Option 1 - Along the Coast to Harlech

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Follow the coast from Llanbedr to Harlech. Our walk takes in the delightful beach at Llandanwg, and the rolling hills above the coast.

Highlight: Visit Harlech Castle which commands a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay with the mountains of Snowdonia behind.

 

Option 2 - Bryn Cader Faner

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (540m)

In Summary: Walk on the lower slopes of the Rhinogs above the Ardudwy coast. Our walk passes a beautiful lake, and an ancient stone circle before we descend gradually to Harlech.

Highlight: There are great views along the coast, and of Harlech castle on the final leg.

 

Option 3 - Rhinog Fawr

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: Don't be misled by the ascent - this is a tough walk in the wild and rugged Rhinog mountains. We ascend over rough terrain to Rhinog Fawr then continue along a grassy ridge with great coastal views ahead.

Highlight: The Rhinogs are one of Snowdonia's lesser-known gems, with rugged shapely peaks and fabulous sea views.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Panorama Walk & Mawddach Trail

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: After visiting the Panorama viewpoint above Barmouth, we cross the trestle bridge over the estuary. We pick up the Mawddach Trail, which follows the disused railway line beside the estuary, finishing at the Penmaenpool bridge.

Highlight: Crossing the Barmouth Bridge you'll appreciate the rich bird life of the salt marsh and tidal flats.

 

Option 2 - Barmouth Ridge and Gold Mines

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,450 feet (740m)

In Summary: Starting near Barmouth we ascend steeply to follow the crest of the ridge then visit gold-mines on the way down to our finish at Penmaenpool. 

Highlight: This walk combines spectacular ridge walking with wonderful views of the coast and estuary, and beyond to the mountains of Snowdonia.

 

Option 3 - Diffwys to Penmaenpool

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,850 feet (880m)

In Summary: Heading to the southern end of the magnificent Rhinog mountain ridge we ascend the summit of Diffwys. We then follow an old quarry track down to the Cwm Mynach Valley, to finish at Penmaenpool.

Highlight: Diffwys, the second highest of the Rhinog peaks, commands a wonderful view out into Cardigan Bay and to Cadair Idris.

 


Option 1 - Old Precipice Walk

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m) 

In Summary: The Precipice Walk is a real classic - a contouring path with amazing views over the Mawddach Estuary and the surrounding mountains (and it's nothing like as scary as the name suggests!).

Highlight: This panoramic trail enjoys wonderful views of Coed y Brenin Forest, the Mawddach Estuary and Cadair Idris. 

 

Option 2 - Coed y Brenin & Old Precipice Walk

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In Summary: Walk from the Coed y Brenin Forest to Dolserau Hall, passing the Rhaeadr Ddu waterfall, ruins of the Glasdir Copper mine, and following the famous Precipice Walk.

Highlight: The 60 foot cascade of Rhaeadr Ddu (Black Waterfall), is one of the most spectacular in Snowdonia.

 

Option 3 - Rhobell Fawr

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (700m)

In Summary: Ascend steeply to the local summit of Rhobell Fawr. Descending to the southwest, with great views of Coed y Brenin forest, we follow an old drovers’ road then walk back through park land to Dolserau Hall.

Highlight: Rhobell Fawr is another outstanding viewpoint, with a sweeping panorama across all the peaks of north Wales.

 


Option 1 - New Precipice Walk

Distance: 7 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: Enjoy the New Precipice Walk with its spectacular views of the Mawddach Estuary. We take this classic trail to Penmaenpool, returning on the Mawddach Trail to the lovely market town of Dolgellau.

Highlight: Another classic trail that contours around the hillside; the view down the Mawddach Estuary is stunning.

 

Option 2 - Cadair Idris

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)

In Summary: Follow the Minffordd path up Cadair Idris, passing an impressive corrie lake and dramatic ridge. We descend along the Victorian pony track.

Highlight: Cadair Idris is the most impressive mountain in Southern Snowdonia; a favourite with many walkers.

 

Option 3 - Cadair Idris Ridge

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)

In Summary: Ascend to the top of Cadair Idris via the Minffordd path. This outstanding mountain walk continues along this wonderful ridge, taking in two more summits, before descending gradually to Dolgellau.

Highlight: A fabulous ridge walk atop one of Britain's most loved mountains, with great views down the Mawddach Estuary to the sea.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Llyn Gwernan, Dolgellau & Torrent Walk

Distance: 7 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Starting from Ty Nant we walk beside Llyn Gwernan then follow paths into Dolgellau. After a break we'll explore the countryside to the south east, including the lovely wooded Arran Valley and the hamlet of Tabor.

Highlight: Llyn Gwernan is a beautiful and tranquil spot beneath mighty Cadair idris.

Option 2 - Old Precipice Walk, Dolgellau & the Torrent Walk

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In Summary: The Precipice Walk is a real classic - a contouring path with great views of the surrounding mountains. We head towards those mountains via a pause in Dolgellau town and then enjoy the beautiful woodland of the Torrent Walk, local to Dolserau Hall.

Highlight: Several points on the Precipice Walk offer probably the best views in the region of the Mawddach Estuary.

 

Option 3 - Dragon's Back, Dolgellau & Foel Caerynwch

Distance: 12½ miles (20km)

Total ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)

In Summary: The harder walk ascends the Dragon's back, a delightful rugged area in the foothills of Cadair Idris, passes through Dolgellau and takes in a fine hill standing just south of our country house to where we return on foot.

Highlight: The Dragon's Back is beautiful, rugged country and should be all ours!

 


Option 1 - Llyn Tegid & Craig yr Allor

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In Summary: A gradual ascent from south of Bala through woodland and on field paths taking us onto the hillsides above Llyn Tegid. Enjoy great views before returning to finish in Bala.

Highlight: Gaze down over Llyn Tegid, or Bala Lake. At 4 miles long it's the largest natural lake in Wales.

 

Option 2 - Arenig Fawr

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In Summary: We walk to a remote lake and bothy, then ascend steeply to the majestic summit of Arenig Fawr. We walk down to the west and follow a disused railway line to finish beside Llyn Celyn. 

Highlight: Arenig Fawr is an imposing summit; one of the best mountains in southern Snowdonia.

 

Option 3 - Aran Fawddwy & Aran Benllyn

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,850 feet (880m)

In Summary: A big day out traversing the Aran Ridge, in part grassy, in part rocky, but with stunning views. We take in the twin summits of Aran Fawddwy and Benllyn.

Highlight: Choose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a stunning panorama across the mountains of Snowdonia.

 


Option 1 - New Precipice Walk

Distance: 7 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: Enjoy the New Precipice Walk with its spectacular views of the Mawddach Estuary. We take this classic trail to Penmaenpool, returning on the Mawddach Trail to the lovely market town of Dolgellau.

Highlight: Another classic trail that contours around the hillside; the view down the Mawddach Estuary is stunning.

 

Option 2 - Cadair Idris

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)

In Summary: Follow the Minffordd path up Cadair Idris, passing an impressive corrie lake and dramatic ridge. We descend along the Victorian pony track.

Highlight: Cadair Idris is the most impressive mountain in Southern Snowdonia; a favourite with many walkers.

 

Option 3 - Cadair Idris Ridge

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)

In Summary: Ascend to the top of Cadair Idris via the Minffordd path. This outstanding mountain walk continues along this wonderful ridge, taking in two more summits, before descending gradually to Dolgellau.

Highlight: A fabulous ridge walk atop one of Britain's most loved mountains, with great views down the Mawddach Estuary to the sea.

 


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.

 

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 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 £15-25 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, 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

Accessibility

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

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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

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
18 Aug - 22 Aug
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01 Sep - 05 Sep
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05 Oct - 09 Oct
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12 Oct - 16 Oct
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26 Oct - 30 Oct
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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

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