Guided Walking around Snowdon
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
This land of shimmering lakes and magnificent peaks is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where mighty mountains give way to scenic valley scenes of pretty slate villages.
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.
- Charming Country House leased from the National Trust
- Outstanding peaceful location at the base of Snowdon, one mile from the popular village of Beddgelert
- Walk on the mountains of Snowdon, the Glyders, Moel Siabod, Cnicht and Moel Hebog
- Gentle walks through the dramatic Aberglaslyn Gorge or through the green Nant Gwynant valley
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
- Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
- Accommodation: enjoy the cosy atmosphere in this historic building near to Snowdon
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together
Craflwyn Hall offers a stunning and peaceful location on the edge of Beddgelert village. There are superb walks right on the doorstep, with the local mountains of Snowdon and Moel Hebog within easy reach.
The house once sat at the heart of an extensive estate which extended along the slopes of Snowdon. The building is now leased from the National Trust who carried out an extensive reburbishment in 2004 (a picture in the entrance hall shows the extent of the previous decay and neglect).
Craflywn Hall offers a cosy and friendly atmosphere that is ideally suited to our sociable style of holidays.
Craflwyn Hall has 21 bedrooms, located in the main building and in the stable block which has been converted retaining many of the original features.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available at no extra charge.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £10 extra per person per night.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full Welsh breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk from a member of the local mountain rescue team or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Craflwyn Hall is generally accessible to wheelchair users. There are no ground floor rooms, but there is a lift. One of the rooms on the 1st floor has a converted bathroom that is suitable for wheelchair users.
- Arrival by car: the house is situated on the A478, one mile out of Beddgelert towards Nantgwynant. Free parking available
- Beddgelert Village is a 20 minute walk from the house and has a small range of shops, pubs, and cafés.
Arrival & Car Parking Facilities
- There is free car parking available (gravel)
- The 2 driveways to the house are gravel
- It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
- Assistance can be provided with luggage
Main Entrance & Reception Area
- Access to the main front door of the house is via a gradual slate slope and an outward opening double doors
- The entrance hall gives level access to the dining room, office, and public toilets. Seating available in the entrance hall
- There is a lift
Public Areas - Hall, Stairs, Landing, Corridors etc
- All public areas are either slate tiles or wood
- Minimum corridor width is 130cm
- There are 2 staircases to the bedrooms. One has 15 steps. Each step is 6” high and 33” wide. The 2nd one has 13 steps. Each step is 33” wide and 6” high. There is a hand rail on both staircases
- There is a lift
- Good standard lighting throughout the house
Public Areas - Sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc
- The lounge on the ground floor is accessed by 2 steps. It measures 18ft x15ft and has a wooden floor. It leads through to a quarry tiled conservatory which measures 15ft x 8ft. There is a large number of arm/tub chairs, stools and coffee tables. All furniture is easily movable
- There is a real coal fire with guard rail in the lounge
- The bar is also access by 2 steps. It measures 21ft x 14ft and has a wooden floor. Tub chairs and low level coffee tables. There is a coal fire with guard rail
The guest internet computer is located on the 1st floor landing
- There are two single public WC’s on the ground floor
- The door width is 35”, floor space is 7ft 2” x 5ft
- The toilet seat is 19 “high and the wash basin is 29”high
Restaurant / Dining Room, Bar & Bar area
- The dining room is on the ground floor and has no steps to access it. Total floor space is 45ft x 21ft
- The tables are wooden and round, 2ft 6” high and 55” wide
- There are a number different seats, without arms. 37.5” high and with 21”backs
- Waitress service both at breakfast and dinner times
- White crockery, clear glassware. Standard cutlery
- Special diets catered for, but should be advised pre or on arrival
- Seating and hanging space for drying – Outdoor clothing & boots. Coat Hooks and hangers
- All bedrooms in the main house have fitted carpets and standard modern furniture
- Six bedrooms in the main house are with en-suite shower, one room has a wash basin & toilet. Room 5 has a steep step into a large bathroom
- All 13 bedrooms in the annexe are with en-suite shower
- All rooms in the annexe have tiled floors some have rugs
- Bedrooms are either single, twin or double bedded
- Kettle in each room with supplies of tea, coffee, sugar etc available. TV’s are in all rooms
- All rooms are carpeted and well lit
- All furniture, including beds is movable
Bathroom, Shower-room & WC [En-suite or Shared]
- There are 8 bedrooms in the main House on the 1st floor and 13 bedrooms in the recently converted annexe. Access to the annexe is up a slope behind the main House and as such, these rooms are not suitable for guests in a wheelchair or use walking aids
- The bathrooms either have a nonslip or lino flooring
- All showers are electric, single shower cubicle with hinged door and normal ground-level shower tray
- One bathroom in the main house is suitable for a wheelchair user. The bathroom door is 3ft 6” wide. The bathroom has grab rails by the sink and toilet. The toilet is 18” high. The shower door is 30” wide
Grounds and Gardens
- The grounds around the house are level or slightly sloped, mainly laid to lawns with flower beds
- Seating available outside on the veranda and in the garden area
- Gravel footpaths (some with raised edging)
- No lighting during the night
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and guests are requested to read the booklets in the rooms regarding safety procedures. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued on request. An under-pillow vibrating pad is available on request
- Good signage for fire escape routes
- Internet access computer available free of charge. Free Wifi
- Mobile phone reception in the house and surrounding area is not available
- One bedroom key issued per room (second key available on request)
- Guide dogs can be provided for
- Information can be provided in large print
This statement was created in July 2014. We welcome your feedback to help us continuously improve.
Address: Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NG
Telephone: 01766 890836
Reservations through HF Holidays: 0345 470 7558
Map reference: Map no. 17, reference 601491
No immediate plans for any alterations
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Discover the best of Snowdonia on our guided walks. Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
A: Moel Siabod and Betws-Y-Coed
Available on: 25 Mar 2017, 8 Apr 2017, 22 Apr 2017, 6 May 2017, 27 May 2017, 1 Jul 2017, 29 Jul 2017, 30 Sep 2017, 14 Oct 2017
The spectacular Swallow Falls are an impressive highlight on our Easier walk. Meanwhile our Medium and Harder walks offer two different routes to the summit of the much loved mountain of Moel Siabod.
Easier Walk: Betws-y-Coed is a honeypot for a good reason, and this walk shows you why. Walking through Gwydyr Forest to Llyn Parc and Llyn Y Sarnau, we circle back to reach the lovely Swallow Falls, and return by the River Llugwy. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 900 feet (260m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting at Pont Cyfyng, we go direct for the top of Moel Siabod, the favourite Welsh mountain for many people. Its 360º views are unparalleled. We descend to the National Mountain Centre Plas Y Brenin, and finish at the Pinnacle Café in Capel Curig. 5½ miles (8.5km) with 2,300 feet (700m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: A circular route from Capel Curig, ascending Moel Siabod via Pont Cyfyng, Llyn y Foel and the Daear Ddu ridge, giving us the best views of Moel Siabod, as well as the rewards of seeing Snowdonia laid out for us from the summit. We descend to Plas Y Brenin, and the Pinnacle Café in Capel Curig. 8 miles (13km) with 2,650 feet (820m) of ascent.
B: Llanberis and the Surrounding Areas
Available on: 26 Mar 2017, 9 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017, 7 May 2017, 28 May 2017, 2 Jul 2017, 30 Jul 2017, 1 Oct 2017, 15 Oct 2017
These walks centre around the small town of Llanberis which sits at the base of Snowdon. Enjoy walks beside the lake, or head onto the mountain itself.
Easier Walk: We walk around Llyn Padarn from Llanberis, enjoying the Padarn Country Park, old quarry hospital and slate museum (free entry).You have lots of time to enjoy the wealth of historic and scenic interest. 6 miles (10km) with 950 feet (280m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Moel Eilio stands proud at the end of one of the massive ridges leading up to Snowdon and gives us an impressive top to reach, with superb views out to sea. We leave Llanberis by road, track and disused quarries, top Moel Eilio and walk the ridge to Bwlch Maesgwm before returning to the start. 8 miles (13km) with 2,500 feet (760m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We reach the summit of Snowdon from Pen y Pass, then descend the superb and less busy south ridge to join the Watkin Path by its waterfalls, then walk all the way back on “the new path” to Craflywn. 9 miles (14.5km) with 3,200 feet (980m) of ascent.
C: Coast and Mountains
Available on: 28 Mar 2017, 11 Apr 2017, 25 Apr 2017, 9 May 2017, 30 May 2017, 4 Jul 2017, 1 Aug 2017, 3 Oct 2017, 17 Oct 2017
Our Easier and Medium walks have a complete change of scenery by heading to the coast between Criccieth and Porthmadog. For those who prefer the mountains, our Harder walk ascends the nearby summit of Moel Hebog.
Easier Walk: From the picturesque town of Criccieth with its imposing castle we follow the coast to the popular holiday beach of Black Rock Sands and Morfa Bychan before following the Dwyryd estuary to the gorgeous little harbour of Borth y Gest and on to Porthmadog. 6½ miles (11km) with 450 feet (140m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From the same starting point as the easier walk at Criccieth, we follow the same route to Morfa Bychan, where we then head inland to the hill of Moel y Gest with a panoramic viewpoint, and remains of an iron age hillfort before dropping down to Porthmadog with all facilities and iconic little railway. 9 miles (15km) with 1,300 feet (400m) ascent.
Harder Walk: A circular walk from Craflwyn Hall to the lovely peaks that dominate Beddgelert. First we ascend Moel Hebog, to start a classic horseshoe which finishes on Moel Lefn. We return through Beddgelert forest beside the Welsh Highland Railway. 10 miles (16km) with 3,250 feet (980m) of ascent.
D: Lakes and Mountains around the Ogwen Valley
Available on: 29 Mar 2017, 12 Apr 2017, 26 Apr 2017, 10 May 2017, 31 May 2017, 5 Jul 2017, 2 Aug 2017, 4 Oct 2017, 18 Oct 2017
Walk amongst Snowdonia's highest peaks in the Ogwen Valley.
Easier Walk: Walking from Capel Curig over moorland on a good path we pass through Cwm Glas Crafnant National Nature Reserve containing orchids, to reach Llyn Crafnant, then on to Llyn Geirionydd before proceeding to Trefriw with its woollen mill. 7½ miles (12km) with 1,350 feet (400m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: East of Llyn Ogwen, we ascend Afor Lloer to the ridge of Pen yr Ole Wen, with its short but not too difficult scramble, to reach the summit. We continue over Carnedd Dafydd and the famous Black Ladders to decend by Craig Llugwy to the intake wall, back to Afon Lloer, completing the circle. 7½ miles (11.5km) with 2,850 feet (880m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Ogwen Cottage is our start with its new visitor centre. We make our way around Llyn Idwal to ascend the path by the famous Devils Kitchen to Llyn Cwn [Lake of Dogs.] Here we turn North to ascend Y Garn with the best views of two valleys then on to Foel Goch [the Red Hill] to decend and contour back to Llyn Idwal via the Mushroom Garden on a little used path. 7 miles (11km) with 2,900 feet (900m) of ascent.
E: Ridges around Rhyd Ddu
Available on: 30 Mar 2017, 13 Apr 2017, 27 Apr 2017, 11 May 2017, 1 Jun 2017, 6 Jul 2017, 3 Aug 2017, 5 Oct 2017, 19 Oct 2017
Our Easier and Medium walks focus on Snowdon - either walking on the lower slopes, or following the Rhyd Ddu path to the summit. Meanwhile the harder walk follows the outstanding Nantlle Ridge.
Easier Walk: A linear walk today, starting from Rhyd Ddu ascending on a good quarry track and one of the main pathways up Snowdon. We soon reach Bwlch Cwm Llan before decending to join the Watkin Path to Nantgwynant and a lakeside walk to finish back at Craflwyn. 7½ miles (12km) with 1,500 feet (460m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Ascend to the summit of Snowdon via the Snowdon Ranger Path. The Snowdon Ranger youth hostel overlooking Llyn Cwellyn is our start, to initially zigzag our way on one of the main paths up Snowdon over the Black Crag or Clogwyn Du’r Arddu to reach the summit of our highest mountain. After exploring the summit complex we descend Bwlch Main [the narrow ridge] and Llechog overlooking the cliffs below us and complete the walk on the Rhyd Ddu path to the village of the same name and the real ale of the Cwellyn Arms! 7½ miles (12.5km) with 3,100 feet (940m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: The Nantlle Ridge is a must-do for more adventurous walkers: a true British ‘classic’ ridge with some exposure but with rewards to match. From Rhyd Ddu we ascend steeply up to Y Garn, then follow the ridge round to Trum Y Ddysgl; we then take a satisfying spur south down to Bwlch-y-Ddwy-Elor and a forest track back to the start. 7 miles (11km) with 3,000 feet (920m) of ascent.
F: Views of the Carneddau
Available on: 1 Apr 2017, 15 Apr 2017, 29 Apr 2017, 20 May 2017, 24 Jun 2017, 15 Jul 2017, 5 Aug 2017, 23 Sep 2017, 7 Oct 2017, 21 Oct 2017
Enjoy walks at the heart of Snowdonia. Enjoy this spectacular landscape from the Ogwen Valley, or ascend onto the Carneddau mountains for a birds' eye view.
Easier Walk: From Ogwen Cottage and the new visitor facilities, we walk around Llyn Idwal to return to the start before continuing on a green road, that used to be the main stage coach route through the valley. Enjoy good views of Snowdon on both sides as we wander down to Capel Curig. 7½ miles (12km) with 750 feet (220m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Capel Curig we cross moorland to reach the National Nature Reserve, where we turn and ascend the lovely panoramic viewpoint of Crimpiau. After savouring the vista we descend to resume the path for Llyn Crafnant, then onto Llyn Geirionydd. Continuing through another Nature Reserve and some lovely deciduous woodland we drop down to the Swallow Falls and walk the river Llugwy to Betws y Coed. 10 miles (16km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting in the Ogwen valley we ascend via Ffynnon LLugwy reservoir. There is an easy scramble to reach Carnedd Llewelyn summit. We then continue along beautiful grassy ridges to Carnedd Dafydd, the Black ladders and Pen yr Ole Wen. The descent includes a short scramble then follows the Afon Lloer, to walk beside Llyn Ogwen, finishing at the Visitor Centre. 9 miles (14km) with 3,300 feet (1,000m) of ascent.
G: Beddgelert Area and Snowdon
Available on: 2 Apr 2017, 16 Apr 2017, 30 Apr 2017, 21 May 2017, 25 Jun 2017, 16 Jul 2017, 6 Aug 2017, 24 Sep 2017, 8 Oct 2017, 22 Oct 2017
There are an excellent range of walks close to Craflwyn Hall. Enjoy view of Snowdon on our Easier walk, or make the popular ascent to the summit using the Snowdon Ranger and Rhyd Ddu paths.
Easier Walk: From Rhyd Ddu [the Gloomy Ford] we are onto a lovely purpose built walkway and cycle track, which meanders past lakes and forestry plantations with views of Snowdon, Moel Hebog and Nantlle Ridge to Beddgelert village, where there should be plenty of time to look around, and use its facilities before making our way back to Craflwyn Hall. 6½ miles (10km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: An alternative way to stand on top of Moel Hebog, the enticing mountain guarding Beddgelert. Walking from the village, we make our way directly up the mountain, admiring the view to return through Beddgelert forest beside the Welsh Highland Railway. 7 miles (11.5km) with 2,550 feet (780m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From the Snowdon Ranger youth hostel we zigzag our way up the Ranger Path, to detour over Moel Cynghorion [hill of the Councillors] to return to the Ranger Path continuing to the summit of Snowdon. From here we make our way down the Rhyd Ddu path all the way to the village of the same name where a well earned drink will be welcomed. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 3,650 feet (1,120m) of ascent.
H: The Moelwyns and The Iconic Slate Town
Available on: 4 Apr 2017, 17 Apr 2017, 2 May 2017, 23 May 2017, 27 Jun 2017, 18 Jul 2017, 8 Aug 2017, 26 Sep 2017, 10 Oct 2017, 24 Oct 2017
Discover more about the Welsh slate industry, and the barrow guage Ffestiniog Railway built to carry the finished product to the harbour at Portmadog. The Medium and Harder walks explore the Moelwyn mountains.
Easier Walk: We drive a scenic route towards the slate mining heart of Snowdonia, starting at Tanygrisiau to walk beside the reservoir, then alongside the famous Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway to Dduallt station, then through woods and waterfalls to finish in Blaenau Ffestiniog. 6½ miles (10km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We also start at Tanygrisiau, with its reservoir and little railway, where we make our way up Cwm Orthin to Bwlch y Rhosydd slate workings and on to Moelwyn Mawr. After taking in the views we descend a long ridge towards Croesor and on to Garreg Llanfrothen where we end our journey. 7½ miles (12km) with 2,150 feet (640m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From the same start point as the Medium walk we make our way up Moelwyn Bach first and then tackle an exhilarating easy scramble before summiting onto Moelwyn Mawr. From here we descend a long ridge back to Garreg Llanfrothen. 9 miles (15km) with 2,800 feet (860m) of ascent.
I: Aberglaslyn Pass and Some Welsh “Munros”
Available on: 5 Apr 2017, 19 Apr 2017, 3 May 2017, 24 May 2017, 28 Jun 2017, 19 Jul 2017, 9 Aug 2017, 27 Sep 2017, 11 Oct 2017, 25 Oct 2017
Today's easier walk stays close to Craflwyn Hall and takes in the narrow Aberglaslyn Pass and the village of Beddgelert. The Medium and Harder walks are much more rugged, heading to the summits of Y Garn and Elidir Fawr.
Easier Walk: From Craflwyn Hall we walk beside the Afon Glaslyn to Llyn Dinas. After ascending steeply we continue ahead into the Cwm Bychan valley and Nantmor, returning via the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass to ‘Gelert’s Grave’ and the pretty village of Beddgelert. 6 miles (10km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting from Nant Peris, we make our way steeply up passing a couple of small waterfalls to arrive at Llyn y Cwn [Lake of the Dogs]. We continue up to our highest point of Y Garn, with a super viewpoint, then we drop down quite sharply to the col to continue along a nice ridge down to Nant Peris. 7 miles (11km) with 3,150 feet (960m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From the same starting point as the Medium walk we also make our way up to Llyn y Cwn and Y Garn, but we have the option of taking in Elidir Fawr, another Snowdonia ‘Munro’, before we make our long descent back to Nant Peris. 7 miles (11.5km) with 3,650 feet (1,120m) of ascent.
J: Different Views of Snowdon
Available on: 6 Apr 2017, 20 Apr 2017, 4 May 2017, 25 May 2017, 29 Jun 2017, 20 Jul 2017, 10 Aug 2017, 28 Sep 2017, 12 Oct 2017, 26 Oct 2017
Today we offer three contrasting walks. Our Easier walk explores the green Gwynant Valley, the Medium walk ascends Snowdon via the popular Pyg track, whilst the Harder walk heads to twin summits of Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr.
Easier Walk: A lovely linear walk back to Craflwyn Hall. Starting from one of Snowdon’s dramatic feet at Pen-y-Gwryd, we come all the way down the Gwynant Valley, via Llyn Gwynant, Hafod Y Llan and Llyn Dinas. 7 miles (11.5km) with 900 feet (280m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: With a head start high up at the busy col of Pen y Pass, we enjoy fantastic mountain scenery and reach the top of the biggest mountain in England and Wales, via the Pyg track - a well engineered (but still steep in places) path to Snowdon. We return to our start point via the Miners’ track. 7½ miles (12km) with 2,900 feet (880m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From 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 (pictured). The rough ground continues as we finish at the Pen-y-Gwryd hotel, scene of many famous expedition meetings. 6 miles (9.5km) with 2,550 feet (780m) of ascent.
Which break for me
Our best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.
We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:
Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes
Our Outdoor Escapes are ideally suited to working age guests. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with guests who also need to escape the working day.
During the day you can enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, or relax in the lounge with new-found friends. For those that wish they'll also be informal evening activities on offer; perhaps a team quiz, or talk from a National Park ranger.
Outdoor Escapes at Snowdon start on Fri 23 and Mon 26 June 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab
Other Guided Walking holidays at Snowdon
Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits
The picturesque village of Beddgelert is about 1 mile from Craflwyn Hall. Facilities here are limited and include a post office, pubs and cafés. The nearest town is Porthmadog, about 8 miles away, which has a wide range of shops and facilities
During your visit to Craflwyn Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Welsh Highland Railway
The recently re-opened Welsh Highland railway runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, passing through Beddgelert on route. This is a spectacular journey which includes the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass and views of Snowdon. The steep gradients require powerful locomotives which have to work particularly hard on the climb from Beddgelert to the summit of the line at Rhyd Ddu. www.festrail.co.uk
Great Little Trains of Wales
Snowdonia is noted for its concentration of narrow guage steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys. The Ffestiniog Railway and Snowdon Moutain Railways are both within reach. For a truly unique day out you can take the mountain railway to the summit of Snowdon (best to book in advance as tickets can sell out quickly on busy days). www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk
National Slate Museum
Located at Llanberis, the excellent, and free, National Slate Museum tells the story of this once extensive industry. You can see slate being cut by hand, the huge waterwheel that powers the machinery, and the fascinating quarrymen's houses which show their development over the centuries. Llanberis is around 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and can also be reached using the Snowdon Sherpa bus. www.museumwales.ac.uk/slate
Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales, Caernarfon Castle is one of the most impressive and well preserved fortifications in the principality. Along with neighbouring castles at Harlech, Beaumaris and Conwy it now has World Heritage status. Caernarfon is around 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, or can be reached using the Welsh Highland Railway. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
The seaside town of Criccieth is around 25 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and full of Victorian character. You could visit the historic castle, relax on the beach, or sample the excellent ice cream at Cadwaders parlour.
The long arm of the Llyn Peninsula offers beautiful and contrasting scenery, with wild cliffs and white sandy coves. Enjoy the glorious beaches at Aberdaron or Abersoch, or walk to the tip of the peninsula and enjoy the views of Bardsey Island.
Harlech Castle occupies a superb vantage point overlooking the coast and the mountains of Snowdonia. Built by Edward I, its imposing walls were built by 1,000 skilled craftsmen between 1283 and 1295. www.cadw.gov.uk
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Located near Bleanau Ffestiniog, about 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns are one of the area's most popular attractions. Take the underground railway deep into the mountain where a knowledgeable guide will tell you how slate was hewn by hand. www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk
Situated in the Conwy Valley, about 50 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, the National Trust's gardens at Bodnant have impressive collections of colour and views of the Snowdonian mountains. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden
The grand house at Plas Newydd enjoys glorious views overlooking the Menai Straits. Built for the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, the house itself is impressive, as are the extensive gardens. Now managed by the National Trust. Around 50 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd
This quaint Italianate village was the brainchild of the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is also well-known as the setting for the cult 1960’s TV series The Prisoner. Portmeirion is around 20 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. www.portmeirion-village.com
Plas Newydd image ©National Trust Images/John Millar. Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle images © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government
Travel to Snowdon
Our address is: Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NG
The nearest railway stations are Porthmadog and Betws-y-Coed; however we would recommend taking the train to Bangor which has the best train service. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 25 mile journey from Bangor railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £40 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Craflwyn Hall Manager.
There is a limited bus service which runs past Craflwyn Hall. Any bus route that goes between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Gwryd will pass the end of the drive of Craflwyn Hall. For bus times see www.traveline.info
For a lovely drive through the Welsh countryside, head towards Betws-y-Coed. In Betws-y-Coed take the A5, heading towards Bangor, as far as Capel Curig, then turn left onto the A4086. After a further 4 miles bear left onto the A498 at the Pen-y-Gwyrd Hotel; this road follows the Glaslyn Valley passing two large lakes. The entrance to Craflwyn Hall is on the right hand side of the road, approximately 1 mile after the second lake. Look out for the brown National Trust sign.
Travelling from overseas
Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Bangor. Trains from the aiport take 3 hours, with one change at Crewe or Chester. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Bangor by train. You'll need to head to Euston station in the centre of London, from where there are direct trains to Bangor. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
In each case complete your journey to Craflwyn Hall by taxi (see above).
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
29 Oct 2016, 10:47 a.m.
Everything was just right. Beautiful setting, lovely room, excellent food and company.As I am only 5 foot tall I could not reach the hangers in the wardrobe!!! so I just folded things and placed on the shelf. it was tricky to open the window as it was high up and I like to sleep with an open window. However I am sure one of the staff would have helped if that was needed by a guest as they were all very helpful.
The medium and easy walks that I did were lovely and the leaders all very helpful and informative. Wonderful views and enhanced by super weather!
24 Oct 2016, 2:58 p.m.
As always very well organised with a comfy room. Excellent food.
The middle medium walk was made extremely difficult by atrocious weather
including sleet and horizontal driving rain.
24 Oct 2016, 10:41 a.m.
Ethos has changed. Less emphasis on members these days
Nice house, pleasant staff. Over emphasis on mountain walking, Snowdonia has more to offer
24 Oct 2016, 9:37 a.m.
A well managed and organised week's walking.
A very enjoyable week in good company.
24 Oct 2016, 8:29 a.m.
A very good holiday overall, friendly efficient service.
A good holiday
19 Oct 2016, 6:18 p.m.
No review provided
Food is always good, accommodation clean.
19 Oct 2016, 3:20 p.m.
No review provided
Ideal for groups, couples or the single traveller.
17 Oct 2016, 1:08 p.m.
Well looked after as always.
Walks were lovely, good variety. Room in house was huge but noisy. Food very good.
17 Oct 2016, 1:41 a.m.
15 Oct 2016, 10:19 p.m.
Manager helpful, staff
Manager quiet but pleasant and very helpful with minor emergency over lost keys. Dining room staf always attentive without being intrusive.
Beautiful house and setting, food very good, rooms in stables lovely. Leaders friendly and knowledgable and great to be with on walks and during evenings.
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person