The rugged hilly landscapes, emerald green forests and shimmering lakes make embarking on walks in Snowdonia a truly sensational experience. This vast national park on the west coast of Wales is one of the top beauty spots in the UK. It’s home to over 200 lakes, nine mountain ranges and almost 1,500 miles of public footpaths, making it an ideal destination for a specialised walking holiday.
The Highlights of Snowdonia
During a getaway here, there is no low point but it has to be said that the walk from Beddgelert to Croesor always stands out as a highlight. We follow the River Glaslyn through a thriving forest on this popular route, which features plenty of opportunities for you to embrace the stunning surroundings along the way.
The path from Nantmor to Croesor is more remote yet it’s still budding with glorious scenery. You’ll even get to glimpse Cnicht mountain in the distance, or as it’s known locally, the “Matterhorn of Wales”.
Bethesda to Ogwen Cottage is another prime trail, where we can look out over the impressive sweeping valleys. Once we’ve arrived into Ogwen Cottage, we pause to enjoy the splendour of the river, which is especially powerful on rainy days, before continuing on to Capel Curig.
What Do We See and Do?
As well as the serene strolls and picturesque paths you’ll traverse during your time here, you’ll engage in multiple sightseeing opportunities. This includes the chance to learn about the region’s historic slate industry at the National Slate Museum, as well as a trip to a hospital built specifically for the slate quarrymen.
After a morning of rambling, you can switch to a different kind of track (for an additional cost), by boarding the Welsh Highland Light Railway from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert. This journey passes through some spectacular environments, providing an excellent afternoon out for all types of holidaymakers.
How Hard are the Walks in Snowdonia?
We classify trails in Snowdonia as Grade four, meaning they are usually moderately difficult. Travellers can expect to do at least five miles of trekking on most days, and a couple of these involve longer stretches, as well as ascents of up to 384 metres.
The final day is the longest, as there are approximately 10 and a half miles to be covered, although the dramatic views of towering peaks and cascading waterfalls make it worth the extra effort.
Will I Need to Bring Anything Along?
A hike across any terrain becomes much harder if you arrive unprepared. For this itinerary, we recommend you wear a pair of lightweight, waterproof walking boots, featuring a deep tread and a solid moulded soul. Boots which offer ankle support will also be essential for more challenging jaunts.
Bring a rucksack to carry things like additional clothes, a lunchbox and a couple of one-litre water bottles, to ensure you feel comfortable and energised throughout your trek. Check our kit list before you travel, to give yourself an idea of what else you may require when heading for the hills.