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4-Night Northern Snowdonia Guided Walking Holiday

Snowdon from Llynau Mymbyr, near Capel Curig, Wales
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 4 & 5
from £449pp

Snowdon is one of the true wonders of Wales, with its mountains that dominate Snowdonia National Park –giving way to scenic valleys full of pretty slate villages. 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. Our experienced guides are very knowledgeable and will make sure you get to see the best of Snowdonia, no matter your walking level. The drama of these landscapes is mirrored in its many myths and legends and made more mystical still by the singing lilt of the Welsh language that echoes in its valleys. Listen for ‘lechyd da’ as you raise a well-earned glass at the end of day.

Holiday Highlights

  • Charming Country House leased from the National Trust
  • Outstanding peaceful location at the base of Snowdon, one mile from the popular village of Beddgelert
  • Head out on full-day walks to discover the varied beauty of Snowdonia on foot
  • 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
  • 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 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.

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 - Bryn Du & Beddgelert

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1200 feet (360m)

In Summary: We walk beside the river and on through the dramatic Aberglaslyn gorge, then ascend steeply to Bryn Du, ‘the Black Hill’, and return through Beddgelert village.

Highlight: Delightful views of Beddgelert and the surrounding area.

Option 2 - Cwm Bychan & Bryn Du

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1700 feet (530m)

In Summary: Starting by the shores of Llyn Dinas, we ascend low hills to the Cwm Bychan valley, then continue to Bryn Du, and return through Beddgelert village.

Highlight: A great introductory walk to the Beddgelert area.

Option 3 - Aberglaslyn, Nantmoor & Gelli Iago

Distance: 10½ miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2100 feet (650m)

In Summary: We visit Beddgelert village then explore the Aberglaslyn gorge and the tiny village of Nantmoor, before continuing across rugged terrain in the foothills of the Moelwyns, possibly visiting the ‘Wild Lakes’.

Highlight: The hidden corners of Snowdonia.


Option 1 - Craflwyn & Llyn Dinas

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1300 feet (400m)

In Summary: We take the ‘Craflwyn Path’ from the back of the house onto the foothills of Yr Aran, then walk through the ‘Hidden Valley’ to emerge on the Watkin path, one of the well-known Snowdon routes. We then descend to the Gwynant valley and return around Llyn Dinas.

Highlight: Waterfalls and torrents beside the Watkin Path.

Option 2 - Yr Aran

Distance: 8 miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 2600 feet (800m)

In Summary: We ascend Craig Wen, then follow a beautiful ridge to Yr Aran, one of the neighbouring summits to Snowdon. A rocky descent brings us to the Watkin path which leads down to the Gwynant valley and return beside Llyn Dinas.

Highlight: Wonderful views to Snowdon from a less frequented peak.

Option 3 - Moel Hebog

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 2650 feet (810m)

In Summary: Moel Hebog, is the solid wedge-shaped mountain standing guard over Beddgelert village so is a fitting destination for our 2nd day’s walk. We ascend its North East ridge, then come down into Beddgelert forest and return to Craflwyn beside the Welsh Highland Railway.

Highlight: A great mountain day!


Option 1 - Aberglaslyn & Beddgelert

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1400 feet (420m)

In Summary: From the shores of Llyn Dinas we pass through low hills to explore the Cwm Bychan valley, then follow the Fisherman’s path through the dramatic Aberglaslyn gorge to Beddgelert village.

Highlight: Discover the secret of Gelert’s Grave and the 2 Dragons legend.

Option 2 - Moel Ddu

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 2400 feet (740m)

In Summary: Although only 553m/1814 ft high, Moel Ddu, with its craggy twin-topped summit is a mountain in miniature. The route is sometimes boggy, sometimes steep but always interesting.

Highlight: Panoramic views of mountains and coast.

Option 3 - Cnicht

Distance: 10½ miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2900 feet (880m)

In Summary: From the shores of Llyn Dinas we cross wild country to Bwlch y Battel, then make a steep rocky ascent to Cnicht, known as the ‘Welsh Matterhorn’. We continue along its summit ridge and descend via Llyn yr Adar and Llyn Llagi.

Highlight: A dramatic and challenging walk to an iconic summit with stunning views.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


 

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


Option 1 - Criccieth to Porthmadog

Distance: 6½ miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

In SummaryFrom 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.  

HighlightTreat yourself at the celebrated Cadwaladers ice-cream parlour at either end of the walk. 

Option 2 - Llanystumdwy

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km) 

Total ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

In SummaryFollow the coastal path from the villiage of Llanystumdwy to the town of Porthmadog; pass through historic towns, cross Black Rock Sands and enjoying fantastic scenery as you go. 

HighlightWalking through Llanystumdwy, once home to former Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

Option 3 - Moel Hebog

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Total ascent: 3,250 feet (980m) 

In SummaryA circular walk from Craflwyn Hall to the lovely peaks that dominate BeddgelertFirst we ascend Moel Hebog, to start a classic horseshoe ridge to Moel Lefn. 

HighlightChoose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a stunning panorama across the Snowdonian mountains. 


Option 1 - Llyn Crafnant

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (400m) 

In SummaryLook out for orchids as you walk from Capel Curig through a moorland nature reserve. We head to the lakes of Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd then on to the village of Trefriw. 

HighlightAdmire the classic views of the Snowdon Horseshoe on the ascent from Capel Curig. 

Option 2 - Carnedd Dafydd

Distance: 7½ miles (11½km) 

Total ascent: 2,850 feet (880m) 

In SummaryFollow the steep ridge to the summit of Pen yr Ole Wen. With most of the ascent now complete we head to Carnedd Dafydd, our high point of the day, from where we descend back to the Ogwen Valley. 

HighlightThe rugged cliffs of the Black Ladders are an impressive sight. 

Option 3 - Y Garn & Foel Goch

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (900m) 

In SummaryAscend via Llyn Idwal and the famous Devils Kitchen onto the summit of Y Garn. A fine ridge walk takes us to the neighbouring summit of Foel Goch from where we descend back to Ogwen Cottage. 

HighlightOur ascent route takes us through the mighty natural amphitheatre of Cwm Idwal, surrounded by towering peaks. 


Option 1 - Rhyd Ddu to Craflwyn Hall

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m) 

In SummaryExplore the lower slopes of Snowdon. We ascend from Rhyd Ddu to the col at Bwlch Cwm Llan, before descending to join the Watkin Path and the lakeside path back to Craflwyn Hall. 

HighlightExperience being in the wild mountains, without venturing too high onto Snowdon's rugged slopes. 

Option 2 - Snowdon Ranger Path

Distance: 7½ miles (12½km) 

Total ascent: 3,100 feet (940m) 

In SummaryClimb to the summit of Snowdon via the Snowdon Ranger Path which zig-zags up the mountain's western slopes. We descend via the Bwlch Main ridge and the Rhyd Ddu path. 

HighlightThe exhilarating feeling of being on top of the highest mountain in Wales. The real ale at the Cwellyn Arms will be well-deserved after this great walk. 

Option 3 - Nantlle Ridge

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 3,000 feet (920m) 

In SummaryThe Nantlle Ridge is a must-do for more adventurous walkers: a true British ‘classic’ ridge with some exposure but with rewards to match. We'll ascend steeply up to Y Garn, then follow the ridge round to the summit of Trum Y Ddysgl. 

HighlightNot for the faint hearted; however this is mountain walking at its very best. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


 

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


Option 1 - Beside the Ffestiniog Railway

Distance: 6½ miles (10km) 

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In SummaryWalk from Tanygrisiau beside the reservoir, then alongside the famous Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway to Dduallt station, then through woods and past waterfalls to finish in Blaenau Ffestiniog. 

HighlightDiscover more about the Welsh slate industry as well as the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway, built to carry the finished product to the harbour at Porthmadog. 

Option 2 - Moelwyn Mawr

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (640m) 

In SummaryAscend through the extensive, disused slate workings above Tanygrisiau on to the summit of Moelwyn Mawr. After taking in the views we descend a long ridge towards Croesor. 

HighlightThis is an area rich with industrial heritage. The extensive slate workings resulted in Blaenau Ffestiniog being known as the 'town that roofed the world'. 

Option 3 - The Moelwyns

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Total ascent: 2,800 feet (860m) 

In SummaryClimb to the summit of Moelwyn Bach, then tackle an exhilarating easy scramble before summiting onto the neighbouring peak of Moelwyn Mawr. 

HighlightThe Moelwyns may not attract the crowds of Snowdonia's more famous peaks, but they provide some outstanding high-level walking. 


Option 1 - Aberglaslyn Pass

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m) 

In SummaryA circuit from Craflwyn Hall takes in all the local highlights - we start by the shores of Llyn Dinas then have a steep climb into the Cwm Bychan valley and the Aberglaslyn Pass. 

HighlightWalking through the narrow Aberglaslyn Pass to discover the legend of Gelert's Grave. 

Option 2 - Y Garn

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 3,150 feet (960m) 

In SummaryMake the steep ascent from Nant Peris past the small mountan lake of Llyn y Cwn to the summit of Y Garn. From here we descend sharply to the col and along a pleasant ridge to the valley. 

HighlightA steep climb to one of Snowdonia's most impressive summits. 

Option 3 - Y Garn & Elidir Fawr

Distance: 7 miles (11½km) 

Total ascent: 3,650 feet (1,120m) 

In SummaryAscend to the summit of Y Garn, then continue along the ridge to the top of Elidir Fawr, another Snowdonia ‘Munro’, before we make our long descent back to Nant Peris. 

HighlightThe fine ridge walk that connects these two mighty peaks. 


Option 1 - Gwynant Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11½km) 

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In SummaryA 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 

HighlightAdmire this beautiful green valley from the lakeside path. 

Option 2 - Snowdon Pyg Track

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m) 

In SummaryClimb to the top of Snowdon via the Pyg Track - a well engineered path to Snowdon - don't let that fool you it is still steep in places. We return to our start point via the Miners’ track.  

HighlightReaching the top of Snowdon, the highest peak in England & Wales, is always a great achievement. 

Option 3 - The Glyders

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 2,550 feet (780m) 

In SummaryFrom Ogwen Cottage we walk up via the fabulous amphitheatre of the Devil’s Kitchen, to reach the famous twin tops of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach, and the even more famous Cantilever stone. 

HighlightClambering up onto the Cantilever stone to pose for a classic photo. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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


Option 1 - Around Betws-y-Coed

Distance: 7½ miles (12½km) 

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m) 

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

HighlightSwallow Falls are an awesome sight; even better after a period of heavy rain. 

Option 2 - Moel Siabod

Distance: 5½ miles (8½km) 

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (700m) 

In SummaryWalk to the top of Moel Siabod, a favourite Welsh mountain amongst many walkers. 

HighlightThe 360º views from the top are unparalleled. Refreshments at the Siabod Café in Capel Curig are a great way to end a memorable day. 

Option 3 - Moel Siabod via Daear Ddu

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 2,650 feet (820m) 

In SummaryA circular route from Capel Curig, ascending Moel Siabod via the Daear Ddu ridge, with the reward of seeing Snowdonia laid out for you from the summit.  

HighlightThe narrow Daear Ddu ridge is a lesser-known route to the top of this popular mountain. 


Option 1 - Criccieth to Porthmadog

Distance: 6½ miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

In SummaryFrom 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.  

HighlightTreat yourself at the celebrated Cadwaladers ice-cream parlour at either end of the walk. 

Option 2 - Llanystumdwy

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km) 

Total ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

In SummaryFollow the coastal path from the villiage of Llanystumdwy to the town of Porthmadog; pass through historic towns, cross Black Rock Sands and enjoying fantastic scenery as you go. 

HighlightWalking through Llanystumdwy, once home to former Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

Option 3 - Moel Hebog

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Total ascent: 3,250 feet (980m) 

In SummaryA circular walk from Craflwyn Hall to the lovely peaks that dominate BeddgelertFirst we ascend Moel Hebog, to start a classic horseshoe ridge to Moel Lefn. 

HighlightChoose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a stunning panorama across the Snowdonian mountains. 


Option 1 - Gwynant Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11½km) 

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In SummaryA 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 

HighlightAdmire this beautiful green valley from the lakeside path. 

Option 2 - Snowdon Pyg Track

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m) 

In SummaryClimb to the top of Snowdon via the Pyg Track - a well engineered path to Snowdon - don't let that fool you it is still steep in places. We return to our start point via the Miners’ track.  

HighlightReaching the top of Snowdon, the highest peak in England & Wales, is always a great achievement. 

Option 3 - The Glyders

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 2,550 feet (780m) 

In SummaryFrom Ogwen Cottage we walk up via the fabulous amphitheatre of the Devil’s Kitchen, to reach the famous twin tops of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach, and the even more famous Cantilever stone. 

HighlightClambering up onto the Cantilever stone to pose for a classic photo. 


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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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
26 Oct - 30 Oct
4 2020 Guided Walking £515 Available Trip Notes Book Now
02 Nov - 06 Nov
4 2020 Guided Walking £449 Available Trip Notes Book Now
09 Nov - 13 Nov
4 2020 Guided Walking £449 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
16 Nov - 20 Nov
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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 4

4 nights from £449pp

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