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Snowdonia Guided Walk Weekend

The Welsh Mountains of Northern Snowdonia include the popular Snowdon and the lesser-known but magnificent tops of the Glyders and Carnedds. The whole area is incredibly scenic with dramatic views over the mountains towards the North Wales coast line.  There’s an endless choice of routes to enjoy!

  • Distance:  9 – 10 miles / 15 – 16km each day.
  • Ascent: 3490 – 3362 feet / 1064 – 1107m of ascent each day.
  • Difficulty: Tough!
  • Great For:  Experienced walkers who are fit to tackle steep ascents.
  • Approx Timings: 0900 –1700 each day. Confirmation when you book.
  • Start Day: Rhyd-Ddh nr Beddgelert (Day 1). Llyn Ogwen nr Capel Curig (Day 2).
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Description

On Saturday, we will aim to ascend Snowdon via a less popular route,  and then enjoy the Sunday on the stunning Carnedds range. Weather permitting, our route each day will be approximately as follows:

Saturday 13  July 2024 –  Snowdown Range   

The Route:  After meeting at Rhyd-Ddu Station, we then follow the Rhyd-Ddu path to the summit of Snowdon, before crossing to the summit of Garnedd Ugain.  Our return is on the Snowdon Ranger path via Clogwyn Du’r Arddu.  The approximate distance is 10 miles /17km with 3632ft/1107m of ascent.

Sunday 14 July 2024 Carnedd Range

The Route:  We’ll ascend Pen y Ole Wen from Ogwen Valley before summiting Carnedd Dafydd and  Carnedd Llewelyn. We return via Pen Yr Helgi Du.  The approximate distance is 9.5 miles / 15km with 3490ft/ 1064m of ascent.

 

Please note:  On both days, to maximise your enjoyment and safety, it’s possible we may have to alter routes according to weather conditions and party ability.  Alternative routes will be in the same area.

Additional information

The Walk

On Saturday, we will aim to ascend Snowdon via a less popular route,  and then enjoy the Sunday on the stunning Carnedds range. Weather permitting, our route each day will be approximately as follows:

Saturday 13  July 2024 –  Snowdown Range   

The Route:  After meeting at Rhyd-Ddu Station, we then follow the Rhyd-Ddu path to the summit of Snowdon, before crossing to the summit of Garnedd Ugain.  Our return is on the Snowdon Ranger path via Clogwyn Du'r Arddu.  The approximate distance is 10 miles /17km with 3632ft/1107m of ascent.

Sunday 14 July 2024 – Carnedd Range

The Route:  We’ll ascend Pen y Ole Wen from Ogwen Valley before summiting Carnedd Dafydd and  Carnedd Llewelyn. We return via Pen Yr Helgi Du.  The approximate distance is 9.5 miles / 15km with 3490ft/ 1064m of ascent.

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

Meeting and Parking

Saturday 13 July 2024 –   Snowdon Range

We meet at Rhyd Ddu Station, Welsh Highland Railway, Nearest Postcode, LL54 6DN.  The Pay and Display Car Park (currently) costs £6 a day and the machine should accept card or coins.

Please see a Google Map showing the meeting location here.

Saturday 13 July 2024 –   Carnedd Range

We meet by the toilets at Ogwen Car Park, Lyn Ogwen, Bethesda, Bangor LL57 3LZ.  The Pay and Display Car Park (currently) costs £6 a day and the machine should accept cards but worth bringing cash just in case. Avoid parking on the A5 road as you’re likely to get a ticket and possibly towed.  We may arrange car sharing with you on this day to avoid any parking issues.

Please see a Google Map showing the meeting location here.

Coming by Bus or Train?
It is possible to travel by train to North Wales. The closest stations are Bangor and  Betws-y-Coed. We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving reasonably nearby, we may be able to offer you a free lift and take you to your accommodation and the start of the walks.  This depends on available car space.  Just ask us when you book.

Facilities

On Saturday there are toilets adjoining the Station where we meet at Rhyd-Ddh, but limited facilities.

On Sunday there are toilets where we meet at Lyn Ogwen.  There is a café/kiosk and visitor centre, YHA Hostel and Campsite.

Locally, Llanberis,  Betws-y-Coed, Bangor and Bethesda all have public toilets, hotels, b&bs, hostels pubs, shops and places to eat.

See a map of the local area: here

Walk Difficulty

These are Tough! Walks.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >

Please Note:  Each walk involves paths that are rough and stony in places with some steep sections of loose stones, and some boulder fields to cross. There will be some very easy scrambling involved but avoids the classic scramble routes such as North Ridge of Tryfan and Crib Goch on Snowdon.  It can be wet and boggy in other places. You therefore need to be confident to walk at a reasonable pace over that type of terrain. The walk is suitable for people with a good level of fitness, previous mountain experience or experience walking with us in the Peak District, and confidence on steep ground that could be slippery underfoot. Should weather conditions be unsuitable to be up in the mountains, an alternative guided walk will be offered in the local area.

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

There is abundant available accommodation in the area to suit every budget. There are campsites in Ogwen and Capel Curig, YHA’s in Ogwen and Pen-y- Pass, and an excellent dormitory-style self-catering hostel at the Rocks in Capel Curig.

Click here  to see local accommodation in the area.

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
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