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Walking in Anglesey & Snowdonia

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Walk the coastal paths of the Isle of Anglesey. Walk the beaches, escarpments, dunes, sea cliffs and natural areas, followed by 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. 

Guided Walking Holidays -Walking in Anglesey & Snowdonia

Our holiday begins in Caernarfon; our base for the first five nights of this combined holiday. Sinking your toes into the pristine sand of a sweeping bay and listening to the music of the waves is a fine way to end a day’s rambling. Anglesey’s coastal path is one of the best kept secrets of Wales’ largest island, steeped in history, wildlife and natural beauty.

Anglesey offers a wide a variety of walks to choose from and on any walk you can pass towering cliffs, sandy beaches, woodlands, mountains, marshes and grassland. 

We have chosen walks in the four corners of this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to enable you to enjoy as much of the variety of the island as possible. We walk from Malltraeth, crossing over to Llanddwyn Island, with views of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula. We walk along the coastal path from Holyhead on Holy Island until we reach Trearddur Bay, stopping en route at Ellin’s Tower where you can watch nesting birds on the cliff face. You can visit Beaumaris Castle on the south coast before arriving at Penmon Priory, home of the Penmon Point lighthouse. 

During your four walking days you enjoy a variety of views, from limestone escarpments, wide beaches and sand dunes on the southern coast to dramatic sea cliffs and remote landscapes on the northern coast.

You will then be transported to the second centre in Llanberis for the final six nights to enjoy our The Wonders of Snowdonia holiday. 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.

This Grade 4 holiday offers easy and varied walking, on well-established paths, in Snowdonia’s beautiful mountain scenery beneath cascading waterfalls and across moorland, along lake shores and the banks of the Glaslyn river through patches of rare indigenous forest. The routes offer picture postcard views towards the sea and across classic U-shaped valleys with the peaks of Snowdon, Tryfan and Cnicht (‘The Matterhorn of Snowdonia’) looming above. 

You might also be interested in our holidays spending just a week in either: The Four Corners of Anglesey or The Wonders of Snowdonia 


Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the many clean and beautiful beaches in Anglesey.
  • Explore coastal towns and villages such as Beaumaris, Holyhead and Malltraeth.
  • Take in the views of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula from Anglesey.
  • Visit Snowdonia’s mountains through forests and open moorland as well as along lake shores with wide open views. 
  • Railway enthusiasts can include a journey on the Welsh Highland Light Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. 
  • Visit Betws-y-Coed, one of the prettiest towns in the region.

 

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
      Complimentary transfer from The Celtic Royal Hotel to the Royal Victoria Hotel on Day Six
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 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.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    Independent travel to the Celtic Royal Hotel in Caernarfon. Check in at the hotel is from 3pm. All evening meals during your stay at the Celtic Royal are taken in the hotel restaurant. 

  2. Day 2

    Our first walk starts by the lighthouse at Penmon Point where we will walk via Penmon Priory and Dovecote to Beaumaris. There will be some free time to explore Beaumaris with its castle, period courtroom and various shops. Transport will then take us to Menai bridge where we will walk back to the hotel. Our route takes us under the Menai Suspension Bridge, the Belgian Promenade, under the Britannia Bridge and via Nelson’s column on the Menai Straits.

  3. Day 3

    Starting at Holyhead today on Holy Island from the official starting point of the coastal path, we walk along the marina to the Breakwater Park. We then ascend Holyhead Mountain, descend to South Stack lighthouse and café. Visit Ellin’s Tower where you can watch nesting birds on the cliff face or you can visit the site of a Neolithic village. We finish our walk at the South Stack Visitors Centre and tea rooms.

  4. Day 4

    We start at Malltraeth which is a lovely coastal village famous for its wildlife and the artist, Charles Tunnicliffe who lived here and painted most of his work in this area. We shall walk along the embankment to Newborough Forest (Red squirrel conservation area). Out of the forest and onto one of the finest beaches, Llanddwyn Beach, crossing over to Llanddwyn Island. From here, in good weather, we get spectacular views of Snowdonia and the Lyn Peninsula. We finish at Llyn Rhos Ddu (Marram grass sculpture and bird hide).

  5. Day 5

    For the final walk in Anglesey, our starting point is the Pilot Boat Inn on the edge of the Dulas estuary. We walk to Lligwy, a blue flag beach, and the picturesque fishing village of Moelfre, with its famous life boat station and tales of shipwrecks such as the Royal Charter. We continue on to Traeth Llydan, the seaside town and beach of Benllech, and Red Wharf Bay where we finish at the Ship Inn.

  6. Day 6

    After breakfast and check out of the Celtic Royal Hotel you can either make your way independently to the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis or you can take our complimentary transfer. You then have some free time before your evening meal in the hotel restaurant. 

  7. Day 7

    Our first walk in Snowdonia is from 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.

  8. Day 8

    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).

  9. Day 9

    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'.

  10. Day 10

    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.

  11. Day 11

    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. 

  12. Day 12

    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. 

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

 

Nearest mainline railway station: Bangor Gwynedd (4 miles)

Nearest bus station: 3 minute walk from the hotel.

 

If travelling by train we recommend you contact a local taxi company for a quote to take you to the hotel. We can suggest you contact M & R Taxis (01286 831867) or Town Cabs (01286 676091). 

 

If arriving by public transport you may like to benefit from the complimentary transfer from Caernarfon to Llanberis. If you decide to drive, you will be required to drive to the second centre as your vehicle cannot be left at the Celtic Royal Hotel for the duration of this holiday. 

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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.


The Celtic Royal Hotel

The Celtic Royal Hotel is a family owned country hotel situated in the centre of Caernarfon, just a 10 minute walk from Caernarfon Harbour and just a 5 minute walk from Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon is the 'Celtic Heart of Wales', a place where strong cultural roots are seen and heard. Caernarfon enjoys an outstanding location between the rugged peaks of the Snowdonia Mountains and a spectacular stretch of coastline which runs down the Lleyn Peninsula and out into the Irish Sea. Although the hotel is not located in Anglesey itself, it is only a 15 minute drive away. We believe we have chosen a good quality hotel in a lovely location very close to Anglesey.

The hotel has bright and airy bedrooms with en suite facilities, television, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. The hotel has an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room and a fully equipped fitness suite. Complimentary Wi-Fi and free on-site parking is available.