Southern Snowdonia Snowdon Challenge Holiday

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Duration: 3 nights
Type: Challenge Walks
Walking Grade: 5
from £455pp

Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales - a majestic peak which towers over the Snowdonia National Park. Join our experienced walking guide to scale this impressive mountain. Lots of us harbour an ambition to get to the top of the highest mountains in Britain; there's something magical about being higher than anything else for hundreds of miles around. It's a challenge which many walkers can stretch to (even if we doubt our ability!) and we'll make sure that we give you every chance of success by taking the most straightforward way up and down.

Holiday Highlights

  • Complete the challenge of the highest peak in England and Wales!
  • Get to the top of Snowdon via the Ranger Path
  • Enjoy the dramatic summit perched above the beautiful high lake of Llyn Llydaw
  • Enjoy magnificent Snowdonia mountainscape scenery
  • Outstanding peaceful location in Southern Snowdonia
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 2 full days of guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • The services of your HF Holidays Walking Leader

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

Cader Idris

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)

In Summary: We tackle Cader Idris, climbing along the Minffordd path above the corrie basin of Llyn Cau on a dramatic ridge to reach the summit. The Pony path then leads us down to Gwernan Lake, and (if you're still feeling fresh) Dolgellau.

Highlight: Cader Idris - one of our favourites and arguably the most impressive mountain in Southern Snowdonia.


Distance: 8½ miles (13½ km)

Total Ascent: 3,650 feet (1,120m)

In Summary: We have an early start as we journey to the foot of the magnificent Snowdon. The scenic drive will take around an hour, so excitement levels will build en route! Following the Ranger Path, we ascend steeply to get to the top of Snowdon. It's rough underfoot but the dramatic summit perched above the beautiful high lake of Llyn Llydaw will be a magnet to spur you on. We return to our start point via the Rhyd Ddu path.

Highlight: The great sense of achievement when you reach the summit. The celebratory pint in the Cwellyn Arms will be well-deserved.

Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home. 

Dolserau Hall

Walkers in the know head to southern Snowdonia to uncover one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Stood in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, just a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, Dolserau Hall makes a superb base for getting off the beaten path.  The tranquillity of the location wraps around you. A smart country house with breathtaking views from every room, attractive gardens and vistas that stretch across the valley to the summit of Cadair Idris, you’re surrounded by rural inspiration. Depending on what mood strikes, explore the Rhinogs, take on a classic ridge walk with great views, set foot on the Mawddach Trail or follow the coast to Harlech, where the eponymous medieval castle stands on a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay. Croeso I Cymru, as they say around here.



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 coach house close by. With 23 rooms, Dolserau Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Enjoy the extra space of Room 1 and soak luxuriously in the tub that comes with the room, or watch the light change outside from the comfort and privacy of the sofa in front of the large picture window in Room 5.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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, lounge bar, library and board games to borrow

After a day rambling over the slopes of the Rhinogs or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Wander through the Coach House garden and admire the far-reaching views. Settle into the lounge bar and sink into the comfy leather sofas here. Grab a book or a board game and make yourself comfortable.

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. Food at Dolserau Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Dolserau Hall

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Getting to Dolserau Hall

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.


  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.


  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

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: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
26 Aug - 29 Aug 2022
3 Challenge Walk £455 Trip Notes Book Now
3 nights
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