Northern Snowdonia Outdoor Escapes Holiday
Exhilarating weekends - as adventurous or relaxing as you choose
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Get away from work for a long weekend’s walking and be surprised!
- By the range of guided walks, from strolls past the twin lakes of the Gwynant Valley to climbs of Moel Siabod in search of 360 degree panoramic views and harder ascents of the classic Nantlle Ridge, which we think is Welsh mountain walking at its best.
- By how much you can do in a weekend when your guides know their stuff, from hopping a ride on the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway to exploring a copper mine and striking a pose on the famous Cantilever stone in the Glyders.
- By the camaraderie and craic that comes from making discoveries and having adventures in a small group of like-minded people.
Moment of the weekend
When you summit Snowdon. We’ll give you every chance to get to the top, with an easier ascent that uses a lift to a pass at over 1,000ft, and a full climb for keener hillwalkers via the Pyg Track or path from Pen y Pass, with the satisfaction of walking right the way back to our country house via the South Ridge. It’s exhilarating and a touch airy at the top, but you don’t need big experience, just big stamina to earn that pint at the end.
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.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
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.
- 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
Experience the very best of 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.
For those of you staying for 7 nights, there will be a free day in the middle of the holiday - the perfect chance to head off and explore independently, or just kick back and relax.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
Outdoor Escapes at Snowdon - 2 & 3 night breaks
Available on: 19 Jul 2019
Day 1: Arrival Day
Join us at our Craflwyn Hall Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll around the Craflwyn Estate to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.
Day 2: Moel Siabod, Betws-y-Coed and Bodnant
Select from the choice of 3 guided walks. Take it easy on a relaxed exploration of Betws-y-Coed and Bodnant Gardens, or climb the ever popular mountain of Moel Siabod.
Option 1: Swallow Falls & Bodnant
Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Total ascent: 250 feet (75m)
The walk in a nutshell: Wonder at nature's power as we walk beside the Llugwy river and Swallow Falls. Time to explore Betws y Coed, before we hop on board our transport to beautiful Bodnant Gardens.
Don’t miss: Swallow 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)
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
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 2,650 feet (820m)
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.
Day 3: Snowdon
The summit of Snowdon is a magnet to many walkers. We offer the choice of two routes to the summit, or a more relaxed exploration of Llyn Padarn at the mountain's foot.
Option 1: Around Llyn Padarn
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Total ascent: 950 feet (280m)
The walk in a nutshell: Admire views of Snowdon on this circular walk around Padarn Lake. You have lots of time to enjoy the wealth of historic and scenic interest in Llanberis at the end of the walk.
Don’t miss: The excellent (and free) National Slate Museum, complete with its row of atmospheric miner's cottages.
Option 2: Snowdon Pyg Track
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)
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: Snowdon
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 3,200 feet (980m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the summit of Snowdon using the popular route from Pen y Pass. We descend the superb and less busy south ridge to join the Watkin Path back to Craflwyn Hall.
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.
Day 4: Departure Day & Aberglaslyn Pass Walk
Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a guided walk through the Aberglaslyn Pass to Beddgelert village.
Option 1: Aberglaslyn Pass
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
The walk in a nutshell: A 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.
Don’t miss: Walking through the narrow Aberglaslyn Pass to discover the legend of Gelert's Grave.
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 route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
The 25 mile journey from Bangor railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £45 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 airport 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).
Dates & Prices
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