Landscape Photography - Snowdonia Through a Lens

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  • Free WiFi
  • High Mountains
  • Outdoors
  • Rural peace
From £925.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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Immerse yourself in the world of photography, capturing the epic beauty and mountain range of Snowdonia through a lens. Mountain panoramas, rivers and waterfalls, castles and coasts provide just some of our subjects on this holiday. Visit advantage points across the mountain range, giving you the opportunity to take breathtaking photos of the lakes below, whilst enjoying the rural peace this iconic location offers.  

Holiday highlights

  • Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light and the best images
  • Small sociable group of like-minded people
  • Evenings offer opportunities for further tuition, or the chance to review the day's photographs

Price includes

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All essential transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other mode of transport e.g. boat

In pictures...

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

Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (premium rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll welcome you to your holiday and introduce your leader who'll be able to chat to you about the many beautiful places we're visiting this week. Your leader hopes we'll enjoy a slideshow with some handy technical tips for taking better landscape photographs.

Other days

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way. On our photography holidays we spend most of the day outdoors, exploring by mini-coach or on foot, walking up to 3 miles (5km) each day. Each evening your leader will hold review sessions, providing constructive feedback on your images. 

Ogwen Valley and Llanberis Pass

After a tasty breakfast we head towards Capel Curig, stopping along the way to capture vistas of the beautiful mountains and lakes of the Snowdonia National Park including the magnificent Snowdon. Next we enjoy the  panoramas of Tryfan and soon we’re stopping by Llyn Ogwen, to capture images of the River Ogwen and then to Bethesda and the beautiful waterfalls there. We return to Craflwyn Hall via the stunning Llanberis Pass, stopping at vantage points to capture dramatic vistas back down the pass with its narrow valley floor and towering mountain sides. 

Caernarfon Castle and the coast

Today we’re off to the town of Caernarfon and its stunning castle, built in 1283 by Edward I, with its walls designed to mimic the great banded walls of Constantinople. We’ll explore on camera the castle, the surrounding town and the beautiful harbour. (There is a small entrance fee for the castle if you wish to go inside). We then return homewards via Rhydd Ddu Pass, visiting the beautiful Llyn Cwellyn with views of the Nantle Ridge Mountains along the way.

Free Day

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. 

Exploring Anglesea

We set out for the mystical island of Anglesey, to photograph the monastic settlement of Penmon Priory and Penmon old quarry works. We’ll visit Penmon beach, with its rocky outcrops and lighthouse, to capture images of this beautiful and rugged coastline. On our return we stop on the north side of the straits to capture the majesty of Telford’s Menai Bridge and visit a wonderful old church situated almost out in the Straits. 

Wales’ industrial past - slate

Today finds us at to the former industrial town of Llanberis, to photograph the effects of the slate industry on the natural landscape. We’ll visit the National Slate Museum, built in the shadow of Elidir mountain, site of the vast Dinorwig quarry. We see how the men of the quarry worked and lived, and have the opportunity to photograph demonstrations of slate working. We’ll then take a short walk to Dolbadarn Castle and Llyn Padarn with its small steam railway. Here we can explore the shoreline and the castle made famous by Turner’s painting.

Aber Falls

Heading north towards the coast once more, we’re heading for the little village of Abergwyngregyn, to take a walk up to the beautiful Aber falls. As we walk up the trail there’ll be plenty of opportunities to capture the magnificent landscape. On reaching the falls you can photograph this timeless scene as the water cascades down over the steep mountain side. 

This evening our leader hopes to put together a slideshow for all house guests to see the images we’ve taken during our holiday. It’s an informal but fun way to round off this brilliant holiday.

Departure day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast

 

What to bring

Essential

  • Your camera and other essential accessories
  • Memory card
  • Battery and charger
  • Your camera’s instruction manual
  • Waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
  • Bag for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
  • Notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
  • A laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images (whilst it’s not absolutely essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday if you shoot digital)

Optional (remember you will have to carry some of these)

  • Spare memory cards
  • A spare camera battery
  • A spare camera (you never know)
  • A small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example filters: neutral density and graduated, polarising
  • Memory stick or CD for storing images
  • A tripod or monopod if you feel more comfortable with one
  • Camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer

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).

Leaders

Jean Napier

Jean is a professional landscape photographer based in the Snowdonia National Park and an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. She has an MA in Fine Art Photographic Studies, has four books published to date on the rivers of North Wales and is fascinated by man’s marks left in the landscape over the centuries. Jean believes that having a passion for the subject is the way to make great images.

 

 

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