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The High Peaks of Snowdonia

From our base in the Snowdonia National Park, take on the challenge of the Welsh 3000

  • Wales

  • 7 nights
  • Full Board
  • Field Studies Council

    Hutting & High Level

  • Aug

    Sep

Challenging

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Tour codes: 71367

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Challenging

Grade 8

Hard mountain walking every day in the Alps, the Balkans and the Pyrenees, with long ascents, descents and scrambling.

Stamina and a good head for heights are essential.

Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but cumulative ascents and descents will normally be between 1000 and 1500m each day.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Traverse the famous Snowdonia's Horseshoes
  • Conquering the Welsh 3000
  • Visit three adjacent mountain ranges in the Snowdonia National Park
  • Great ridge walks, spectacular views
  • Lesser walked, North Glyder Ridge
  • Penrhyn & Llanberis slate mines

All the peaks in Wales over 3000ft lie within the Snowdonia National Park. The challenge set for the Welsh 3000 is to conquer all 14 peaks (or 15 if you include Carnedd Gwenllian) in 24 hours! Its is 26 miles from the first peak to the last and over 3000m of ascent. The record set is 4 hours 10 minutes and 48 seconds. We break down this challenge into a more reasonable five daily segments, heading north to south and include a rest day during the week where, should you want to stretch your legs a little more your group leader can suggest local walks to those that want it, or places to visit such as Penrhyn Castle (a National Trust property) or the Slate Museum at Llanberis.

Unsurprisingly for a walking programme taking in so many peaks, the views can be magnificent and there is a wonderful sense of achievement in completing such a clearly defined challenge.

  • Full board en suite accommodation (hostel)
  • Private coach transport to and from the trailheads as needed
  • Services of a dedicated ML qualified leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent travel to FSC Rhyd-y-Creuau. Check in is from 2.00pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6:30pm in the centre for a briefing before dinner. Dinner each evening is taken on site.

Day 2-7

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The challenge set for the Welsh 3000 is to conquer all 14 peaks in 24 hours! Its is 26 miles from the first peak to the last and over 3000m of ascent. The record set is 4 hours 10 minutes and 48 seconds. We break down this challenge into a more reasonable 5 daily segments, heading north to south. We also include a rest day, not only to give you time to catch your breath and see some of the area, but  also gives us an allowance for any poor weather we may encounter.

  • Time

    7 hours

  • Distance

    10.8 miles

  • Ascent

    872m

Abergwyngregyn to Bethesda: We start with a short drive to Abergwyngregyn, in the Careddau mountain range, and take an easy path for approximately an hour to Aber falls, (120ft high) from where the path climbs steeply, on some less well defined tracks to the ridge. The path down to Bethesda can be boggy when wet. Penrhyn slate quarry is close to Bethesda and is one of the last in commercial operation.  

Peaks: Foel Fras (942m/3090ft), Carnedd Gwenllian (926m/3038ft) & Foel Grach (976m/3202ft): 

  • Time

    6.3 hours

  • Distance

    10.2 miles

  • Ascent

    1116m

Carnedd Horseshoe: This is a classic walk. From the east end of Llyn Ogwen we climb steeply and head up to a really good ridge walk with some scrambling in sections (most notably on the return leg after Carnedd Llewelyn. The descent is steep and loose in sections, but the rewards are worth the effort. 

Peaks: Pen Yr Ole Wen (978m/3208ft), Carnedd Dafydd (1044m/3425ft), Yr Elen (962m/3156ft) & Carnedd Llewelyn (1064m/3490ft)

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent

    754m

Glyder Horseshoe inc. Tryfan N Ridge: We are amongst the famous peaks, taking in many Snowdonia classics. with both the north ridge of Tryfan and the Y Gribin offering graded scrambles, but both accessible. We climb from the south side of Milestone Buttress and climb to Tryfan. We then circle round over the Glyders and down. There are many routes to take but which ever way the leader feels best on the day you will enjoy perhaps the classic Snowdonia walk. Because of the multitude of route variations the walk stats should be taken as a rough guide to the day. Plenty of interesting features on today's walk including "Adam & Eve" rocks at the top of Tryfan, The Cantilever and Castell y Gwynt. 

Peaks: Tryfan (917m/3011ft), Glyder Fach (994m/3261ft), Glyder Fawr (1001m/3284ft) and Castell y Gwynt (972m/3188ft)


  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.9 miles

  • Ascent

    913m

North Glyder Ridge: This may be a first for many as this route is not commonly walked. It is a very pleasant ridge walk, seeing Llyn Idwal and passing through Devil's Kitchen, heading north to Penrhyn Quarry, the last operating commercial slate quarry at Bethesda. As we continue west to Elidir Fawr we'll also see the top reservoir to the Llanberis pump storage power station. Finally we walk around the edge of the vast old Llanberis mine working where we can see the lower reservoir and the entrance tunnel to the power station, which is built in an old slatea cavern inside the mountain. 

Peaks: Y Garn (947m/3106ft) and Elidir Fawr (923m/3031ft)

  • Time

    4.30 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent

    833m

Snowdon Horseshoe: A highlight walk, probably the most famous, this is the shortest day in distance and height gain, but the ridge walk may be slow. We walk up to Crib Goch and along the Crib Goch and Crib y Ddysgl ridges with some in grade scrambling from Pen-y-pass, and with exposure on both sides, to Garnedd Ugain. At the summit of the Snowdon Massif, you'll find the funicular train and a cafe! We have saved the highest peak to be our last! We then complete the horseshoe by returning over the twin peaks of Y lliwedd.

Peaks: Crib Goch (921m/3028ft), Garnedd Ugain/crib y Ddysgl (1065m/3495ft) and Yr Wyddfa (1085m/3560ft)

Day 8

Departure day

Departure from the centre after breakfast. Check out is by 9.30am. We hope that you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.  

Departure dates for your selected tour

30th Aug 2021 - 6th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

6th Sep 2021 - 13th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Private coach transport to and from the trailheads, when necessary, is included. 

The nearest railway station to FSC Rhyd-y-Creuau is Betws-y-Coed station, approximately a mile from the property, and easily walkable.  The next station is Llandudno Junction, approximately 16 miles away. There is a taxi rank outside Llandudno station.

Please note that if you are driving to FSC Rhyd-y-Creuau to join our holiday, there are car parking facilities on site.  

The centre is 1 mile from the A5/A470 junction at Betws-y-Coed. 


Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau is set in the beautiful, rugged landscape of the Snowdonia National Park, close to secluded wooded valleys, and rocky shores. The 2.2 hectare estate includes a woodland, biodiversity garden, campfire area, stream and ponds. 

The centre offers 34 rooms, in a range of room types, split between different buildings, with layouts ranging from twin bedded rooms up to dormitories with bunk beds. We are offering en suite accommodation for this holiday on a single occupancy or twin occupancy basis and the style of room you receive will be split amongst the rooms types noted above. Rooms are very simple in style, with limited facilities (no TV, no hairdryers, or telephone) with bed linen and towels provided. If you book a single occupancy room, you will have ample space and often various beds in the room as usually the room would be multi occupied.

The centre has a dinning room offering breakfast and evening meals and a lounge area with comfy sofas to relax in. There is complimentary Wi-Fi on site. The centre has a licensed bar stocked with local ales and spirits, wine and soft drinks. Tea & coffee making facilities can be found in the communal areas of the centre. There is also a shop on site that sells drinks, snacks and information of FSC.

There is car parking on site and check in is from 2pm on the day of arrival, with departure after breakfast on the last day by 9.30am. 

*Please note that this accommodation type is different from the majority of hotels we choose for our UK holidays. The accommodation is more hostel than hotel and as described above is simple which is reflected in the holiday price*

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 8 challenging holiday. It will include hard mountain walking every day with long ascents and descents and scrambling. Stamina and a good head for heights is essential. Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but ascents and descents will normally be between 1,000 and 1,500m. Expect long and exhilarating days. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Travelling by Train? The nearest railway station to FSC Rhyd-y-creuau is Betws-y-coed station, approximately 1/2 a mile from the property, and easily walkable.  The next  station is Llandudno Junction, approximately 16 miles away. There is a taxi rank outside Llandudno station.

Travelling by Car? Please note that if you are driving to  to join our holiday, there are car parking facilities on site. The centre is 1 mile from the A5/A470 junction at Betws-y-coed

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com

During the holiday, private coach transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included. 



Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

This holiday is on full board basis starting with dinner on your arrival day and finishing with breakfast on your departure day. Breakfasts and dinners will be taken at the centre and lunch will consist of a packed lunch provided by the centre. 

Packed lunches will be arranged by the leader each day. They generally consist of a sandwich, fruit, water and a slice of cake. As kettles are available in the communal areas, you may wish to bring a flask to make up a coffee/tea flask to accompany your picnic lunch. 

Dinner will consist of a two course (main course and dessert) set menu with a choice of a meat dish and vegetarian option. The centre has a licensed bar stocked with local ales and spirits, wines, soft drinks and snacks.  

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch
  • Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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