Outdoor Escapes at Snowdon

Guided Walking for guests escaping the working day

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
  • Hard
  • Harder
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Difficulty indicator

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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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Our Outdoor Escapes are an ideal way to end the working week. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with people on the same wavelength as you.

During the day you can enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks, a great way to explore the great British countryside - take it easy on our easier walks, or relish the challenge of our longer routes. In the evening relax with likeminded guests, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, or just take it easy and relax in the lounge.

This land of shimmering lakes and magnificent peaks is a stunning National Park, 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.

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Craftwyn Hall (Beddgelert) in Snowdonia

Cralfwyn 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
• 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
•  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
• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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.

Itinerary

Discover Snowdonia on Foot

Experience the very best of the Snowdonia on our walks. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood. 

Saturday: Swallow Falls, Moel Siabod & the Carneddau

Option 1: Laid Back

Impressive cascades of the Swallow Falls

Distance: 6½ miles

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

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

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

View of the Snowdon Horseshoe from Capel Curig

Distance: 5½ miles

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 Pinnacle Café in Capel Curig are a great way to end a memorable day.

Option 3: Full On

The summit of Carnedd Dafydd

Distance: 9 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend from the Ogwen Valley to the twin summits of Carnedd Llewelyn Carnedd Dafydd. Some easy scrambling on both the ascent and descent.

Don’t miss: The rugged cliffs of the Black Ladders are an impressive sight.

Sunday: Snowdon & Llanberis

Option 1: Laid Back

Viw over Llyn Padarn towards Snowdon

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Admire views of Snowdon on this circular walk around Padarn Lake. There's much to explore in Llanberis at the end of the walk

Don’t miss: The excellent (and free) National Slate Museum, complete with its atmospheric miner's cottages.

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

Steam train ascending to the top of Snowdon

Distance: 7½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Climb to the top of Snowdon via the popular Pyg track; the shortest route to the summit. We return down the Miners Track back to Pen-y-Pass.

Don’t miss: That 'on top of the world' feeling as you complete the ascent and get to stand on the highest peak in Wales.

Option 3: Full On

Walkers admiring the view having walked up the Pyg track

Distance: 8½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Tackle Snowdon via two of its more rugged and lesser-known routes. We ascend via Y Lliwedd, one arm of the Snowdon Horseshoe, then descend along the South Ridge.

Don’t miss: If you're lucky, the panoramic view from the summit is simply stunning.

Monday: A day to explore independently

There's plenty to enjoy locally. You may enjoy one of these options, or see the other suggestions on the 'local area' tab.

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon castle and harbour

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.

Welsh Highland Railway

Steam train on the 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.

Self-Guided Walks

Discovery Point with self-guided route notes

Our Discovery Point at Craflwyn Hall contains a wealth of recommended walking routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

Tuesday: Ffestiniog Railway & the Moelwyns

Option 1: Laid Back

Red steam locomotive on the Ffestiniog Railway

Distance: 5 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Ride on the Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog to Ddaullt, then walk back beside the line, with great views of the valley below.

Don’t miss: The train ride is a particularly scenic start to the day. We'll also have time to explore the attractive wooden gardens at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch.

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

Steam train rounding the spiral at Ddaullt

Distance: 6½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Take a longer train ride to Tanygrisiau, then walk beneath the Moelwyn mountains to Tan-y-Bwlch, with a finish at the Oakley Arms.

Don’t miss: Watching trains steam around the unique spiral at Ddaullt station.

Option 3: Full On

The distinctive summit of Cnicht

Distance: 9 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic horseshoe walk that links the shapely summit of Cnicht, and the top of Moelwyn Mawr.

Don’t miss: Known as the 'Matterhorn of Wales', Cnicht is one of the country's most distinctive peaks.

Wednesday: Gwynant Valley & The Glyders

Option 1: Laid Back

Beautifu mountain lake of Llyn Dinas

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the beautiful green Gwynant Valley past the twin lakes of Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas.

Don’t miss: Time to relax back at Craflwyn Hall, or stop to visit the nearby Sygun Copper Mine. 

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

The mountain of Y Garn

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: An ascent to the summit of Glyder Fach and its famous Cantilever stone. We'll picked the easiest route to the top of this rugged peak.

Don’t miss: A celebratory pint at the famous Pen-y-Gwryd hotel; the base for the 1953 Everest expedition.

Option 3: Full On

Walker balanced on top of the Cantilver Stone

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: a particularly rugged walk via the fabulous amphitheatre of the Devil’s Kitchen, to reach the  twin tops of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach, and the famous Cantilever stone.

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

Friday: Welsh Highland & the Nantlle Ridge

Option 1: Laid Back

Train on Welsh Highland Railway

Distance: 7½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Take the train to Rhyd Ddu then walk back to Beddgelert on a lovely track, which meanders past lakes and forestry plantations with views of Snowdon and Nantlle Ridge.

Don’t miss: There's time to explore Beddgelert, including Gelert's grave. Make sure to visit the celebrated ice cream parlour in the village.

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

 Stunning view from the summit of Moel Hebog

Distance: 7 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Climb to the top of Moel Hebog; the local peak which stands guard above Beddgelert.

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

Option 3: Full On

Rugged mountains on the Nantlle Ridge

Distance: 7 miles

The walk in a nutshell: The Nantlle Ridge is a must-do for more adventurous walkers: a true British ‘classic’ ridge with some exposure but with rewards to match.

Don’t miss: Not for the feint hearted; however this is mountain walking at its very best.

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).

Train heading to Wales 

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).

 Quantas Boeing 747

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