The big one! The Classic British walking challenge taking in all 15 Welsh mountains over 3,000 ft high. Ultra-fit walkers do it within a day but we think it's a travesty to only watch the clock; instead take a bit of time to enjoy the startling views of sea and mountain. Make no mistake; a soft bed and top notch fuel in the evenings to keep you going doesn't make this the soft option! Around 31 miles (50km) and 13,000 feet (4,000m) of ascent and descent in two days will be something to be proud of. You must be an experienced hillwalker and have a head for heights with some scrambling experience and be ready for 12 hour or more, days
- Climb all Snowdonia's peaks over 3,000ft
- Challenging mountain walking with great views and a real sense of achievement
- Stay at charming Craflwyn Hall, owned by the National Trust in a wonderful location at the foot of Snowdon
- Admire panoramic mountain, lake and river views
- Enjoy magnificent Snowdonia mountainscape scenery
- Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full holiday programme with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
- Great walking: enjoy challenging mountain walking with our experienced leader
- Accommodation: enjoy the cosy atmosphere of historic Craflwyn Hall
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea when you can meet your leader and get ready for the challenge to come
Distance: 19 miles (30km)
Total Ascent: 8160 feet (2500m)
We'll make a very early start and launch straight into the narrow Crib Goch ridge from Pen-y-Pass and will soon be on Snowdon. After a rapid descent, we'll tackle the Glyders, starting at Elidir Fawr at the western end of the ridge, and taking in Y Garn, Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach. Our finish point may be flexible depending on conditions, but we'll be aiming for the Ogwen Valley. Tryfan should be the last of the 9 peaks completed today.
Distance: 15 miles (24km)
Total Ascent: 4770 feet (1500m)
A full breakfast will see us on the road early again to pick up where we left off. The killer slope of Pen yr Ole Wen will be our entrance to the magnificent Carneddau range. Having scaled the key peaks of Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewellyn, our distant target is the coast at Aber, from where we return to celebrate and recover.
Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home.
In the heart of Snowdonia, Craflwyn Hall at the foot of Mount Snowdon, close to the picturesque village of Beddgelert, is a glorious story of recovery; once a substantial 19th century house in the heart of the Nan Gwynant Valley, the property was allowed to fall into a state of disrepair before being acquired by the National Trust and painstakingly restored. Now a walkers’ mountain retreat in a picture-perfect spot, it’s the ideal base for exploring northern Snowdonia. As well as places to stay in the main house, the stable block has been imaginatively converted into bedrooms too. Comfy lounges and a snug bar provide other creature comforts. The countryside on the doorstep provides the ultimate attraction though. Wake up early and enjoy the views if the cloud is up, then grab your walking boots and head out on to one of the trails up Snowdon. Or you could go further afield to the Glydrs, Moel Siabod, Cricht and Moel Hebog, as well as the pretty town of Betws Y Coed.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of bedrooms in the converted stables behind the house. With 22 rooms, Craflwyn Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Ask for Room 1, a large corner space with great green views, or Room 8, for its giant square picture window.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, three lounges, library and board games to borrow
After a day rambling over the slopes of Snowdon or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Sit out in the grounds with a coffee or great local Welsh ale or take a chance to relax in the small conservatory. If the weather’s not so favourable retire to the lounge and sink into one of the squashy leather sofas in front of the fireplace. The snug bar provides a great space to swap stories of mountain days too.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Craflwyn Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Kick off your day with a ‘Miner’s Breakfast’. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. Look out for highlights including Glamorgan sausages, braised salt marsh lamb shoulder shepherd’s pie and a Welsh version of Eve’s pudding.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
- Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
- Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
- Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
- Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
- Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
- Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
- Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
- Rucksack with a waterproof liner
- Thermos flask for hot drink
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
- Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
- Small torch
- First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.
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