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The Wonders of Snowdonia

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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.


Subject to availability, you can book this holiday which will follow our The Four Corners of Anglesey holiday as a 11 night combined holiday (tour code 79820). 

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.

 

 

The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en-suite accommodation
      All transport necessary to and from the walks
      Services of a dedicated leader

     

     

Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    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. 

     
  2. Day 2

    Bethesda to Llanberis. 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. About 6.5 miles, 335m of ascent and descent. 

  3. Day 3

    Nantlle to Rhyd Ddu. 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). About 5 miles, 269m of ascent and 191m of descent (possible extension a further 5 miles, additional 115m of ascent and 255m of descent). 

  4. Day 4

    Beddgelert to Croesor. 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'. About 5 miles, 359m of ascent and 248m of descent. 

  5. Day 5

    Croesor to Tanygrisiau. This is a spectacular walk in the high mountain scenery with photogenic views of a number of disused slate quarries and mountain waterfalls. About 4.5 miles, 384m of ascent and 347m of descent. 

  6. Day 6

    Bethesda to Ogwen Cottage and onto to Capel Curig. 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. About 10.5 miles, 371m of ascent and 314m of descent. 

  7. Day 7

    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. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

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.


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