New for 2021

Snowdonia Way Guided Trail Holiday

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Duration: 8 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 5
from £1,199pp £1,149pp

Experience the natural beauty of Snowdonia, journeying from the very north of the National Park, to its southern border. This superb route offers you the chance to walk amongst Snowdonia’s magical mountains, and to tick off Wales' highest mountain, and it's second most popular peak too. From the charming world heritage town of Conwy in the north, to the welsh heartland of Dolgellau in the south, with the summits of Snowdon and Cadair Idris on the way, our route follows valley trails, hillside paths, and Roman roads, leading you through the heart of Snowdonia, with outstanding scenery and a wealth of history throughout. Relax and enjoy the route, knowing all your accommodation, transport and meals are taken care of, you just need to put on your boots and enjoy the journey.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Conwy with it’s world heritage castle and medieval town walls
  • Tick off the two most popular Welsh mountains – Snowdon and Cadair Idris
  • Visit spectacular Aber Falls
  • Walk the fisherman’s path along the Aberglaslyn Gorge
  • Enjoy the unspoilt Alpine style village of Beddgelert, in the heart of the National Park
  • Discover beaches, forests, mountains and moorland – the trail introduces them all
  • Comfortable ensuite accommodation & all meals included
  • Guided walks each day

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Group transfer to Machynlleth train station at the end of your holiday

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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We have tweaked the official Snowdonia Way trail, where we felt there were better routes to enjoy. One of these tweaks is it’s finale. The official end of the Snowdonia Way, is in Machynlleth, and while the 15mile route from Dolgellau to Machynlleth is a fantastic one by bike, it’s a bit dreary on foot, and where better to end our journey than on the summit of a Welsh classic – Cadair Idris. If you do want to walk to Machynlleth, ask our Reservations team about adding on a few days extra at Dolserau Hall, and follow the route self-guided, there’s no navigational hurdles, it’s relatively straight forward.

Meet your group 1830 at the hotel reception, to find out the plan of action before dinner. 

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The Imperial Hotel, Llandudno

The 4* Imperial Hotel has the perfect location for our first nights stay. Right on the promenade, take the time to stretch your legs with a seaside stroll before dinner, or relax and take a dip in their indoor pool or spa pool, or relax in the sauna or steam room. All rooms are ensuite, with TVs, WIFI, Radio, Direct Dial telephone, Hairdryer, Iron and Board, Complimentary Beverage Tray, Bathrobe and Slippers.

The hotel is a 5min walk from the train station.


Follow the Wales Coast Path from charming Conwy castle, and enjoy views from Conwy Mountain, looking out over to Angelsey and across to the Irish Sea. Ice-cream’s to end the day, in the seaside town of Llanfairfechan.

Distance: 9miles (14km)
Ascent: 1,800ft (560m)

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Tyn-y-Coed, Capel Curig

Family owned and run, the Tyn-y-Coed is the perfect place to rest any weary legs. If the weather hasn’t been kind to us, there’s drying rooms for our clothes, roaring log fires and freshly cooked food to get us warm. On a sunny day, we can eat in the dining room, or enjoy dinner alfresco in the garden. After dinner, be brave and take a dip in the River Llugwy, there’s the perfect deep river pool, ideal for wild swimming, just in the meadow. All rooms are comfy ensuites and include Wifi, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries, hair-dryer.


From Llanfairfechan we head up to the stunning Aber Falls, one of the most majestic sites of the Welsh mountains, before following the flanks of the magnificent Carneddau Mountains, to the Welsh slate quarrying village of Bethesda.

Distance: 11.5miles (18.5km)
Ascent: 1,720ft (560m)

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Tyn-y-Coed, Capel Curig

Family owned and run, the Tyn-y-Coed is the perfect place to rest any weary legs. If the weather hasn’t been kind to us, there’s drying rooms for our clothes, roaring log fires and freshly cooked food to get us warm. On a sunny day, we can eat in the dining room, or enjoy dinner alfresco in the garden. After dinner, be brave and take a dip in the River Llugwy, there’s the perfect deep river pool, ideal for wild swimming, just in the meadow. All rooms are comfy ensuites and include Wifi, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries, hair-dryer.


To Pen-y-Pass. Superb walking again today, looking up to the mountain giants of the Carneddau, the Glyders, and Tryfan, before ending the day at the iconic mountaineering pub - the Pen-y-Gwyrd.

Distance: 8.5miles (13.5km)
Ascent: with 2,720ft (840m)

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The Royal Goat, Beddgelert

The Royal Goat Hotel is family-run and located in the beautiful Alpine like village of Beddgelert. All rooms are comfortable ensuites, which have been refurbished ready for us in 2021. Each room has Wifi, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries, hair-dryer. The hotel is a short stroll from the village centre where you can wander along in the evening and learn about the famous Gelert, of Beddgelert.


That top of the world feeling today. We follow the Pyg track to the summit of Snowdon, before dropping down to the tranquility of the Nantgwynant valley and the pretty mountain lake of Llyn Dinas. Ice-creams and/or a well deserved celebratory pint to end the day, in the beautiful Alpine style village of Beddgelert. 

Distance: 10.5miles (16.5km) 
Ascent: 2,980ft (920m) of ascent

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The Royal Goat, Beddgelert

The Royal Goat Hotel is family-run and located in the beautiful Alpine like village of Beddgelert. All rooms are comfortable ensuites, which have been refurbished ready for us in 2021. Each room has Wifi, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries, hair-dryer. The hotel is a short stroll from the village centre where you can wander along in the evening and learn about the famous Gelert, of Beddgelert.


The spectacular gorge and waterfalls of the Aberglaslyn Pass to begin with today, and super views of Cnicht (known as the Welsh Matterhorn) as we descend into Croesor. It’s then into Southern Snowdonia as we reach the Vale of Ffestiniog, and Llyn Trawsfyndd, where we end our walk and transfer to the comforts of Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau.

Distance: 14 miles (23km)
Ascent: 2,700ft (830m) of ascent

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Our Country House: Dolserau Hall

Stay at HF Holidays very own Dolserau Hall, Country House Hotel in Southern Snowdonia. Offering everything a walker could want, we’ve drying rooms for your boots and clothes, self-guided routes if you’ve the time to fit in an extra stroll, and comfortable ensuite rooms. Each room is equipped with WiFi, TV, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, and toiletries.


Woodland walks through Coed y Brenin Forest Park. Views of the Rhinog mountains today, walking from Trawsfyndd, direct to our accommodation at Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau.

Distance: 13 miles (21km)
Ascent: 1,980ft (610m) of ascent

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Our Country House: Dolserau Hall

Stay at HF Holidays very own Dolserau Hall, Country House Hotel in Southern Snowdonia. Offering everything a walker could want, we’ve drying rooms for your boots and clothes, self-guided routes if you’ve the time to fit in an extra stroll, and comfortable ensuite rooms. Each room is equipped with WiFi, TV, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, and toiletries.


As finales go, this has to rival the best. Walking from our door, we head for the wild beauty of Cadair Idris and the very southern end of Snowdonia National Park. We began on the northern coast looking out over Anglesey and the Irish Sea, and after a crossing of Snowdonia, our views from Cadair look back over Snowdon, the Rhinogs and out to the Irish Sea once more.

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)
Ascent: 3,350ft (1,040m) of ascent

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Our Country House: Dolserau Hall

Stay at HF Holidays very own Dolserau Hall, Country House Hotel in Southern Snowdonia. Offering everything a walker could want, we’ve drying rooms for your boots and clothes, self-guided routes if you’ve the time to fit in an extra stroll, and comfortable ensuite rooms. Each room is equipped with WiFi, TV, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, and toiletries.


A group transfer leaves Dolserau Hall, for Machynlleth railway station (arriving 9:45am).

view from cadair idris


Snowdonia Way Map

The Imperial Hotel, Llandudno

The 4* Imperial Hotel has the perfect location for our first nights stay. Right on the promenade, take the time to stretch your legs with a seaside stroll before dinner, or relax and take a dip in their indoor pool or spa pool, or relax in the sauna or steam room. All rooms are ensuite, with TVs, WIFI, Radio, Direct Dial telephone, Hairdryer, Iron and Board, Complimentary Beverage Tray, Bathrobe and Slippers. The hotel is a 5min walk from the train station.

Tyn-y-Coed, Capel Curig

Family owned and run, the Tyn-y-Coed is the perfect place to rest any weary legs. If the weather hasn’t been kind to us, there’s drying rooms for our clothes, roaring log fires and freshly cooked food to get us warm. On a sunny day, we can eat in the dining room, or enjoy dinner alfresco in the garden. After dinner, be brave and take a dip in the River Llugwy, there’s the perfect deep river pool, ideal for wild swimming, just in the meadow. All rooms are comfy ensuites and include Wifi, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries, hair-dryer.

The Royal Goat, Beddgelert

The Royal Goat Hotel is family-run and located in the beautiful Alpine like village of Beddgelert. All rooms are comfortable ensuites, which have been refurbished ready for us in 2021. Each room has Wifi, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries, hair-dryer. The hotel is a short stroll from the village centre where you can wander along in the evening and learn about the famous Gelert, of Beddgelert.

Our Country House: Dolserau Hall

Stay at HF Holidays very own Dolserau Hall, Country House Hotel in Southern Snowdonia. Offering everything a walker could want, we’ve drying rooms for your boots and clothes, self-guided routes if you’ve the time to fit in an extra stroll, and comfortable ensuite rooms. Each room is equipped with WiFi, TV, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, and toiletries.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, 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
  • Waterproof 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 hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • 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)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
18 Jul - 26 Jul
8 Guided Trail £1,199 £1,149 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
12 Sep - 20 Sep
8 Guided Trail £1,199 £1,149 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
8 nights
Type:
Guided Trails
Walking Grade:
5

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