Join us for a weekend of adventure in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We will be conquering Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa (1,085 m or 3,560 ft), the highest mountain in Wales and a hike around a magical lake and reservoir.
Llanberis is the perfect base to stay and explore Snowdonia. It is Snowdon’s village and the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park. It is surrounded by mountains, lakes and rivers and also a short drive from the beautiful coastline. Breath-taking views are everywhere and the scenery simply stunning! It is a great place from which to explore the magic and beauty of Snowdonia.
Llanberis is also an area rich in history, myths and legends and has a strong cultural heritage. Take a walk around the Slate quarries of Llanberis and you will easily take yourself back in time to imagine when this area roofed the world! Or further back still, imagine when the whole valley was covered in snow and ice which shaped and carved this beautiful landscape which is yours to explore.
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Day 1: Friday May 8th
Traveling to Wales
Day 2: Saturday May 9th
Y Lliwedd & Snowdon from Pen-y-Pass.
This is a 7.5 mile moderate to hard walk up to the peak of Snowdon with 915 metres of ascent. This walk offers exceptional mountain scenery not seen by many who make the ascent to Snowdon given its difficulty. The return from Snowdon uses the Pyg track. It should take us about 5-6 hours to ascend and descend. We will take the easy route up.
Starting point: Pen-y Pass (from the hostel)
Length: 7.5 miles / 12.2 km
Ascent: 3020 feet / 915 metres
Day 3 Sunday May 10th
Llyn Crafnant - A Magical Lake Hike
Snowdonia was shaped through the ice age leaving behind the classic rugged steep sided mountains we see and hidden valleys containing Lakes or Llyns. This is an opportunity to visit most probably one of the most beautiful hidden lakes in Snowdonia.
Llyn Crafnant lake is three quarters of a mile long and lies in a beautiful valley where the northern edge of Gwydir Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains. At the head of Llyn Crafnant is one of the finest views in north Wales, across the lake to the mountains above. We will catch a local bus from our hostel down to Capel Curig to start our walk.
The walk is on well-made paths through open access moorland and forests giving excellent views of the surrounding mountains including Yr Wyddfa and Moel Siabod.
We will climb 150m to our highest point of 340m giving superb views of Llyn Crafnant and the surrounding area. We will continue onto the lake before making our way back via the shelter of Gwydir Forest passing Llyn Bach or “Small Lake” on the way.
On our return to Capel Curig we should have time to explore the local amenities, browse through Joe Browns Outdoor Equipment Shop, have a coffee and cake in the excellent Moel Siabod afé or quench your thirst in Bryn Tyrch Inn before catching our bus back to our hostel.
Distance: 11 km (6.5 miles)
Items to bring
• Suitable backpack
• At least 1 litre of water
• Waterproof jacket/trousers in the likelihood of rain
• Appropriate walking/hiking footwear
• In the event of hot weather, bring sun block a hat/cap
Car share / train (London Euston-Bangor) and then a taxi
Cost: £175 (For payment before Jan 10th, 2020)
£195 (Before March 10th, 2020)
£215 (After March 10th 2020)
• 2 nights accommodation (dorms)
• 2 breakfasts
• 2 packed lunches
• Guided Snowdon hike with local Mountain Leader Qualified Guide
• Llyn Crafnant: A Magical Lake Hike with local Mountain Leader Qualified Guide
• Transport to and from hikes
• Transportation (to Wales and back)