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The Wonders of Snowdonia

An introduction to Snowdonia exploring the pathways over hills and through valleys and forests in a part of Wales which became world-renowned for its slate quarries.

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  • Wales

  • 6 nights
  • Iconic Paths

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Moderate

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Tour codes: 79816

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Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the grave of the legendary Gelert in the picturesque town of Beddgelert.
  • Learn about the history of the North Wales slate industry and the lives of the quarrymen on this diverse trail.
  • Visit some of the less frequented parts of Snowdonia’s mountains through forests and open moorland as well as along lake shores with wide open views.
  • Rail enthusiasts can include a journey on the Welsh Highland Light Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway.
  • Spend time at one of the prettiest towns in the region of Betws-y-Coed

Guided Walking Holidays - The Wonders of Snowdonia

This introduction to Snowdonia explores the pathways over hills and through valleys and forests in a part of Wales which became world-renowned for its slate quarries. It was the need to get the slate to market that led to the development of the narrow-gauge railways which now draw steam rail enthusiasts and other tourists to the area.

The walks on offer are very varied; some are popular routes near attractive tourist towns such as Beddgelert and Betws-y-Coed whilst others are routes into the quiet hills past remote sheep farms affording far-reaching views.

The Snowdonia Slate Trail is a 83 mile trail which takes you on a journey back in time to when Snowdonia was the centre of the slate industry. Whilst we do not complete the entire route, we have chosen the highlights of the route to walk on this holiday.

  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Services of a dedicated tour 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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent travel to the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis, North Wales. Check in is available from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. All evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2

Bethesda to Llanberis

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    336/365m

This walk is very varied as the route takes us through wild, high moorland and then down through beautiful rare indigenous forest. We shall have the opportunity to visit the hospital built for the slate quarry men, now preserved as a museum, as well as time to visit the National Slate Museum. 

Day 3

Nantlle to Rhyd Ddu

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    269/191m

This walk follows a very pretty route alongside Lake Nantlle and then into hills for a picture postcard view down into a classic U-shaped valley. We will have the opportunity to have a drink in a country pub before meeting our transportation in Rhyd Ddu. You will then be given the choice of walking from Rhyd Ddu into Beddgelert, being transported there in the vehicles or you can choose to take the Welsh Highland Light Railway from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert (additional cost). The possible extension adds a further 5 miles, additional 115m of ascent and 255m of descent.

Day 4

Beddgelert to Croesor

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    359/248m

This is one of the highlight walks of the holiday. The popular route along the Glaslyn River through forest is very picturesque whilst the route from Nantmor to Croesor offers far-reaching views in a corner of Snowdonia with few people. On a clear day this walk offers very good views of Cnicht, the mountain which is referred to locally as 'The Matterhorn of Snowdonia'. 

Day 5

Croesor to Tanygrisiau

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    384/347m

This is a spectacular walk in the high mountain scenery with photogenic views of a number of disused slate quarries and mountain waterfalls. 

Day 6

Bethesda to Ogwen Cottage and onto to Capel Curig

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    371/314m

This is another highlight walk offering dramatic views along the valleys with waterfalls cascading from the mountains above. The force of the river at Ogwen Cottage after rain is breathtaking. 

Day 7

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

31st May 2020 - 6th Jun 2020 (6 Nights)

28th Jun 2020 - 4th Jul 2020 (6 Nights)

4th Aug 2020 - 10th Aug 2020 (6 Nights)

13th Sep 2020 - 19th Sep 2020 (6 Nights)

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 nights' accommodation for each departure date.

The Royal Victoria Hotel

We stay at the imposing three-star Royal Victoria Hotel at the foot of Snowdon, within 30 acres of its own woodland and gardens, including the historic Dolbadarn Castle.

The hotel is in a beautiful location between the Lleyn Padarn and Lleyn Peris lakes and the Snowdon Mountain Railway is just opposite.

All rooms are comfortable and well equipped with home comforts, with en-suite bathrooms, TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities. Your room with be in the main hotel building or in the annexe within a quiet area of the hotel grounds.

Free Wi-Fi is available at the hotel.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. 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

To reach the hotel...

By car: From Chester take the A55 Expressway following signs for Bangor. Leave the Expressway at the A5 junction signposted to Bangor & Betws y Coed and the tourist sign marked Llanberis. Turn left towards Betws y Coed but almost immediately prepare to turn right onto the B4366. Stay on this road for 4 miles and turn left at the roundabout onto the B4547 for a further 4 miles to a T junction with the A4086. Turn left towards Llanberis. Do not turn into the village but staying on the main road you will see the hotel entrance on the left, 100 metres beyond the Snowdon Mountain Railway terminus. From the direction of Shrewsbury take the A5 to Capel Curig. Turn left onto the A4086 and remain on this road to Llanberis. The hotel is on the right before entering the village.

By rail: The nearest railway station is Bangor which is approximately 12 miles from the hotel. Taxis are available at the station. We advise you to get a quote before you depart. L&G Cabs (01286) 870 027. 

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

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

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: 

Please check the time of dinner (approximately 7pm) on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the lounge bar half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

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

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included.


Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

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 block
  • 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 (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

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

National Trust & English Heritage

If you’re a member of either of these organisations don’t forget to bring your membership cards as this holiday may include sites relevant to these memberships or you may wish to visit any local sites on a free day should they be nearby.

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

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

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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