Snowdonia

When: 18th - 22nd April 2022

Where: The Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis

Who: Anita Grey

What's included: Four days/nights bed, breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal plus three and a half days guided walking

Women only

Level: moderate

Cost: £595 double room (for single occupancy)


Join the effervescent Anita on a holiday exploring beautiful Snowdonia off the beaten track!

The Royal Victoria Hotel is uniquely located close to Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon, within 30 acres of their very own gardens and woodlands, which include the historic castle of Dolbadarn. Being cradled between two lakes, Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris, as well as the Welsh mountains the location is quite simply breathtaking!

Day One : Llanberis to Rhyd Ddu. 10kms. 400metres of ascent/descent

We will wander up through the Victoria woods for 20 minutes (chance for a coffee stop at Steffan’s mountain café ) before wandering past streams and waterfalls, to the ancient bridleway up the rolling valley of Maesgwm , which will, hopefully reward us views of Yr Wydfa (Snowdon) From Bwlch Maesgwm at 467 metres, we will make our way gently down and across hillsides and an old quarry workings, on the Slate Trail, to the small hamlet of Rhyd Ddu , in the beautiful Cwellyn valley, where, after refreshments, we will be picked up by taxi.

Day Two: Gwynant Valley, Cwm Bychan, Aberglaslyn gorge Beddgelert. 9kms.300 metres of ascent/descent.

Today we will be taxied up the famous Llanberis Pass, and down the magnificent Gwynant valley, to start our walk on the lapping shores of Llyn Dinas. Our gradual ascent of 300 metres will take us into fascinating old copper mine workings, and a delightful woodland descent alongside a stream, feeding into the dramatic Aberglaslyn Gorge. Our path then follows this gorge, past the mythical “gelert’s grave” into the village of Beddgelert, for refreshments, prior to our taxi pick up.

Day Three: Moel Eilio. 9kms. 600 metres of ascent/descent

We will walk through the village, and make our way to the base of Llanberis’s small, but perfect mountain, Moel Eilio. Past ancient hut circles, following the rounded ridge of Braich Y Foel, and then a steady climb to the summit cairn, offering extensive views of Snowdon, Glyderai and Tryfan. From here we may extend our walk to take in the ridge, adding another 3kms and 200 metres of ascent/descent, or make our way down an undulating path to a shoulder, where we can take a detour to an ancient hillfort, before returning back to the cafes and shops of Llanberis.


Day Four: Llyn Padarn circuit. 9kms. Flat

Delightful half day stroll around Llyn Padarn, taking in Dolbadarn Castle, the famous Llanberis slate museum, ancient sessel oak woodland, and a halfway café stop at Y caban. Llanberis is steeped in fascinating history of the industrious slate industry, soon to achieve National Heritage status, as well as the numerous steam railways, including the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

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