A weekend in Snowdonia

Have you had it up to the gills with urban life? Fed up of sitting behind your steering wheel looking at flat land; the steepest climb of your day to look forward to being the drudgerous climb to your office? You need a break. And what could be more peaceful than climbing 3000ft, biking, rafting, kayaking and walking in the beautiful Snowdonia, Wales?

The beautiful Snowdonia

We jest not, a weekend away packed full of activities can help you feel like you’ve achieved something with your weekend. So leave the DIY for later, pack your walking boots and strap yourself into the car with some sucky sweets with a dusty sugar covering in a tin and prepare to meet Snowdonia.

Snowdonia is famed for its stunning mountains, it’s beautiful scenery and as an amazing place to spend time in nature.

Besides walking and climbing, there is plenty to see and do in Snowdonia.

A long weekend there is almost enough to see a lot of what it has to offer, but you might need to agree to some early starts!

Friday Night

Check in at The Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel in Gwynedd. This is at the foot of Snowdon and is on the cusp of the national park. Sitting pretty between lakes of Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris this is the perfect spot to take in some breathtaking views in comfort.

Alternatively Late Rooms offer the Brynllydan Hotel in Penrhyndeudraeth, with its own 7 acres of land, views of the mountains and access to local towns, incluing the Portmeirion fantasy village, where The Prisoner series was filmed! After you have checked your bags, we suggest a 45 minute drive to Caernarfon Castle in Gwynedd for a look around, followed by some dinner at the Black Boy Inn on Northgate Street, which is one of the oldest hotels in Wales dating to the 1500’s.  With big portions for dinner and great ales this is fantastic place to stop. If you wanted, you could even book there instead.

After dinner, Tegfan beach is on the way home if you fancy a stroll, you can look out onto the harbour and enjoy the views before bed.

Saturday: 

Climbing and walking on Snowdon is a must when you have come all the way to Snowdonia! 3,560 feet in height to the top, this can be walked or climbed, trekked through on the trails, reached via train, or cycled. We recommend that if you climb regularly that you get up early to have a good go on the Clogwyn Du’r Arddu. You can reach this by heading up the Llanberis path up Snowdon. At over 600ft with the famous Great Wall, this will keep E4 plus climbers busy and challenged. You could also try Will of the Wisp or Cadair Idris (the highest mountain in the south of the park) the Pencoed Pillar or even the E9 level route called Indian Face (E9); but this is rarely ever climbed and certainly not by anyone new to climbing!

For the less experienced climber, Snowdon has The Llanberis Pass, Cenotaph Corner (E1), Cemetery Gates (E1) and if you are more interested in bouldering then look at the side of the Dinas Mot for slabs. A good scramble for all levels is to be found in Tryfan too.

You might not have had any experience of climbing, but that doesn’t mean that you should stay away from the lovely Snowdon. A private guiding session on Snowdon can have you rock climbing, scrambling or  hill walking before you know it, and the lower levels means that if it gets too much, there will often be a walkable route down. Most guides can take 2 people up for a set price of around £150 for a whole day of learning.

If you are finished early with climbing, or don’t fancy it at all- then try a cycle ride. Snowdon has plenty of bridleways so you can start to cycle marked paths as soon as you arrive. Coed y Brenin can be quite muddy, but is a great day out of riding for a variety of levels of experience. With 100km of length, this can keep you busy for a whole day if you want! The tracks also split off so you can follow a marked route for an hour or so. Afterwards there is the Coed y Brenin café on site which is great for sandwiches, Welsh lamb or venison from the forest, or if you ate out en route earlier with a picnic, then you can head for an early dinner to the Lemon Tree on the High St, Gwyneddd. Then, early to bed!

Sunday:

Snowdonia is a great place to get in some water rafting, canoeing or kayaking. You can meet a guide to teach you how to raft in one of the local lakes. There is Trawsfynydd, River Taf, Grandtully, or River Dee where you can learn to paddle or get out on the faster rapids.

Afterwards, if you have the energy, we suggest a spot of archery or clay pigeon shooting or a High Ropes Course in Snowdonia near Betws-y-Coed to help you see the most of Snowdonia before you hit the road!

Have you spent some time in Snowdonia? What beauty spots or activities did we miss?

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