Outdoor Escapes at Snowdon
Guided Walking for guests escaping the working day
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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.
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 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 local wildlife ranger.
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.
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 refurbishment 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
Saturday: Views of the Carneddau
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.
Sunday: Beddgelert Area and Snowdon
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.
Tuesday: The Moelwyns and The Iconic Slate Town
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.
Wednesday: Aberglaslyn Pass and Some Welsh “Munros”
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.
Thursday: Different Views of Snowdon
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.
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).
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