Guided Walking for Solos around Snowdon

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  • Coastal
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  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

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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.

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From £400.00 - 4 nights

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Holiday overview

Walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy likeminded company and a great selection of walks in Snowdonia National Park. Discover pretty slate villages, unspoilt views and famous summits as you discover this beautiful corner of Wales.

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Craftwyn Hall (Beddgelert) in Snowdonia

Craflwyn Hall offers a stunning and peaceful location on the edge of Beddgerlert village. There are superb walks right on the doorstep, with the local mountains of Snowdon and Moel Hebog within easy reach.

Leased from the National Trust, 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.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views 
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers 
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Dining room 
• Three lounges  
• Free WiFi is available in the public rooms 
• Attractive grounds 
• Peaceful location at the foot of Snowdon
• Variety of walks within the estate 
• Attractive views of the surrounding peaks

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Snowdon (Beddgelert) evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

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.

More details on Snowdon accessibility

Additional information

  • 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

Itinerary

Discover Snowdonia on Foot

Explore the very best of the Snowdonia National Park on our guided walks. If you're feeling adventurous, we offer the opportunity to climb Moel Siabod and of course, Snowdon itself. Alternatively walks in the surrounding green valleys will take you to hidden corners, stunning coastline and mighty waterfalls. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Craflwyn Hall

Selected images © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales) 

Tuesday: Moel Siabod and Betws-y-Coed

Option 1: Around Betws y Coed

Impressive cascades of the Swallow Falls

Distance: 7½ miles

Total ascent: 1,500 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Walk through the Gwydyr Forest to Llyn Parc and Llyn Y Sarnau, then return past the mighty Swallow Falls to Betws y Coed.

Don’t miss: Swallow Falls are an awesome sight; even better after a period of heavy rain.

Option 2: Moel Siabod

Snowdonia national park signDistance: 5½ miles

Total ascent: 2,300 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the top of Moel Siabod, a favourite Welsh mountain amongst many walkers.

Don’t miss: The 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

Three walkers climbing a mountain

Distance: 8 miles

Total ascent: 2,750 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A 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. 

Don’t miss: The narrow Daear Ddu ridge is a lesser-known route to the top of this popular mountain.


Wednesday: Coast and Mountains

Option 1: Criccieth to Porthmadog

View over Porthmadog harbour to the mountains of Snowdonia

Distance: 6½ miles

Total ascent: 450 feet

The walk in a nutshell: 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. 

Don’t miss: Treat yourself at the celebrated Cadwaladers ice cream parlour at either end of the walk.

Option 2: Moel y Gest

Puffin eating sand eels

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 1,300 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coastal path from Criccieth to Morfa Bychan, then head inland to the top of Moel y Gest with its panoramic viewpoint, and remains of an iron age hillfort.

Don’t miss: Moel y Gest may be modest in height, but it commands beautiful views over Cardigan Bay, and inland to the Snowdonian peaks.

Option 3: Moel Hebog

Stunning view from the summit of Moel Hebog

Distance: 10 miles

Total ascent: 3,250 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Craflwyn Hall to the lovely peaks that dominate Beddgelert. First we ascend Moel Hebog, to start a classic horseshoe ridge to Moel Lefn.

Don’t miss: Choose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a stunning panorama across the Snowdonian mountains.

 

Thursday: Different Views of Snowdon

Option 1: Gwynant Valley

Beautifu mountain lake of Llyn Dinas

Distance: 7 miles

Total ascent: 900 feet

The walk in a nutshell: 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. 

Don’t miss: Admire this beautiful green valley from the lakeside path.

Option 2: Snowdon Pyg Track

Walkers on Snowdon

Distance: 7½ miles

Total ascent: 2,900 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Climb to the top of Snowdon 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. 

Don’t miss: Reaching the top of Snowdon, the highest peak in England & Wales, is always a great achievement.

Option 3: The Glyders

Walker balanced on top of the Cantilver Stone

Distance: 6 miles

Total ascent: 2,550 feet

The walk in a nutshell: 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).

Don’t miss: Clambering up onto the Cantilever stone to pose for a classic photo.

 

 

Local area

Discover Snowdonia

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:

Couple looking out of the train window at Snowdonia sceneryWelsh 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 

Steam train climbing to the summit of SnowdonGreat 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

View over harbour to Caernarfobn CastleCaernarfon Castle
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 

Criccieth
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.

Llyn Peninsula
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.

The imposing entrance to Harlech CastleHarlech Castle

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

Bodnant Gardens
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

Plas Newydd house and the Menai StraitsPlas Newydd
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

 

Portmeirion
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

Travel to Snowdon

Our address is: Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NG

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Bus

By bus:

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

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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).

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