Join us on a social weekend in the heart of Snowdonia. The weekend is fully hosted and guided, and you’ll be staying in a great guesthouse in the shadow of Snowdon. All the walks are easy, as we’ll be focusing on exploring rather than heading to the peaks. If you would like to explore some of the Summits of Snowdonia we run a dedicated trip where the aim is to take in the heights. Snowdonia in North Wales is a land full of history and myth, as well as being one of the most stunning walking locations in the UK. On this sociable weekend you’ll be taken out on easy walks to discover the hidden side to Snowdonia – to hear about the stories that shaped this land through King Arthur, Welsh Princes, sheep farming and the massive remains of the slate industry. In a nutshell: Enjoy two days of easy guided walks exploring the hidden side to Snowdonia, with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Relax in the guesthouse and enjoy freshly prepared food, and hot drinks whenever you want. Explore the beautiful mountains that make North Wales one of the most popular walking destinations in the UK. Meet a friendly group of fellow walkers who are all here with the same objectives, to have a social weekend and enjoy the outdoors.
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You’re welcome to arrive at the guesthouse at any time after 5pm, where your host will be there to meet you and introduce you to your fellow walking companions. From then on the evening is yours to relax with a cup of tea or a glass of wine in the lounge!
Today its all about a gentle walks and exploring some off the beaten track parts of Snowdonia. Some options of where we can visit include:
Cwm Idwal – One of the most striking glacial bowls in North Wales, Cwm Idwal is not far from the mighty peak of Tryfan, and is a nature reserve hosting a plethora of wild flowers (and feral goats!). We’ll see how the geology inspired Charles Darwin, and gaze up at the impressive Devil’s Kitchen.
Dinorwig Quarry – The great slate spoil tips that cascade down above Llanberis reveal what used to be one of the largest slate quarries in the world, and the powerhouse behind North Wales’ industrial revolution. There is an accessible series of paths that lead up through the quarries so we can have a look around, and see what the inside of a mountain looked like!
Ancient Settlements in the Carneddau – There are something over 1000 ancient sites in Snowdonia, and the Carneddau, the range of hills overlooking the North coast, are a great place to explore them. We can find 4000 year old settlements and burial cairns, and wonder what life must have been like here when the trees reached right up to the mountain summits.
Cwm Llan – Snowdon’s southern valley, Cwm Llan has a huge amount of history attached to it, from being one of the supposed last battles of King Arthur, to the place Gladstone opened the Watkin Path. There are also slate mines, a modern hydroelectric scheme, and the best views of Snowdon’s South ridge.
Saturday afternoon onwards When the walk is over we’ll head back to the hostel, perhaps past a castle or one of the many excellent cafes. This evening we’ll be heading out to dinner in the local town, please note this is not included.
After breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the guest house and head out on our morning walk. We’ll be out for a few hours, finishing at around lunch time. Our walk will depend on what we’ve decided to do on Saturday, and what the group finds interesting. We could be wandering past Iron Age forts, medieval castles, or modern forests!
After the walk, we’ll all head to somewhere for lunch before heading off. We hope the weekend will have given you a new insight into the history and culture of North Wales and the mountains, and show you that our great National Parks are for more than just summiting mountains.
You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination
2 nights guest house accommodation, please note bedding and towels are supplied.
Refund excludes processing fees. Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.
High St, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4HA, UK