North Wales hiking weekend
The Mountains of Snowdonia – (Hard)
About the North Wales Hiking Weekend
For those based in Ireland, we will travel on the 3.00pm ferry from Dublin port on the Friday and return on the 8.00pm sailing on Monday evening, getting back into Dublin around midnight.
Cost includes all transport to and from Dublin city, ferry crossing, and 3 days guided mountain hikes.
We stay in the lovely village of Llanberis, and use a delightful self catering guesthouse, there is also a pub and many other food outlets nearby.
(Please note that the weather in the mountains can be very unpredictable, and therefore it may be necessary to alter the itinerary to take account of this.)
Day 1 – ascent of Snowdon / Yr wyddfa (urr oo-ith-va)
We shall climb to the summit of this famous 1085 metre mountain by the less crowded and more scenic south ridge. Snowdon is most often reached using the Pyg track, an overcrowded and uninspiring route; we shall head to the south of the range, to ascend by a route that gives wonderful views and a real sense of the grandeur of the mountain. Starting at Rhyd-Ddu we head west, gradually gaining height until we reach the old quarry workings at Bwlch Cwm Llan. Here we turn north and ascend the 2.3km, (1.5 mile), south ridge to the summit.
The path is clear, if a little rocky in places, and gives us splendid views into Cwm Tregalan and across to Y Lliwedd. At the summit we can hopefully visit the cafe and take in the panoramic views as we stand on the highest point south of the Scottish Highlands. Photographs are mandatory, before we return down the mountain by the pleasant Ranger path. This route has 895 metres, (2865ft), of ascent, and should take around 6.5 hours. There is some exposure at Bwlch Main, so a ‘head for heights’ is needed.
Day 2 – Cwm Idwal (coomb idwal) and the Glyders (glid-ers)
Our day starts at Idwal Cottage, a recently rebuilt and interesting visitor centre. From here we will walk up into the lovely Cwm Idwal, famous for its geology and rare arctic alpine flora, before ascending the Devil’s Kitchen to the small lake of Llyn Y Cwn and on to the summit of Glyder Fawr at 999 metres. We now follow the ridge east to our second summit, Glyder Fach, stopping to take in the wild and beautiful Castell y Gwynt, (Castle of the Winds), and the much photographed Cantilever Stone on the way. From here we can get wonderful all round views of the highest mountains in Wales.
Our path then heads east, before cutting back under the cliffs at the head of Cwm Tryfan. If time and fitness permits, we may make an ascent of Tryfan via the south ridge. Finally we take a gradually descending path through the rocky landscape to return to Idwal Cottage. This route has 760 metres, (2493ft.) of ascent and will take us around 6 – 7 hours to complete.
Day – 3 Moel Siabod (mol sha-bod) and Capel Curig (kap-el koo-rig)
After the exertions of the previous days,for our final day we will head to the village of Capel Curig to climb the 872 metre Moel Siabod, (‘shapely hill’ in Welsh). We start with a gradual ascent on old miners tracks which get progressively more rocky as our route reverts to a mountain path. Soon we turn north and climb the steepening Daear Ddu ridge to reach the summit, from which we will get the most wonderful views. From here it should be possible to see 13 of the 14 mountains over 3000ft in Wales.
We descend the gradual northeast ridge where we soon enter a forest to walk through some lovely woods before following the Afon Llugwy back to our transport. There are 725 metres, (2378ft.) of ascent on this route, which should take around 6 hours. There should be plenty of time for refreshments in Capel Curig before we have to head for the return ferry in the evening.
|MEETING POINT||Dublin Tourist Office, Suffolk Street, 1.30pm Friday.|
|RETURN TIME||To Dublin approx. midnight the following Monday.|
|EQUIPMENT||Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential – without these items you will regrettably be excluded from participating; walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer e.g. fleece; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in. Walking poles are optional.|
North Wales Weekend Testimonials:
“Just back from an amazing weekend hiking in the Snowdonia region with Mountaintrails. Russ’s knowledge of the area ensured we got the best experience from our hikes a really memorable weekend with great people and lots of laughter, thank you again Russ for sharing your knowledge and also for your patience. The accommodation included in our package was excellent also. Will look forward to more hikes with Mountaintrails in the future…” Sandra M. – Dublin
“This was without any doubt in my mind the best St. Patrick’s weekend I have ever had and this fantastic 3 day stay in Northern Wales wouldn’t have been possible without Mountaintrails. Russ really gave a 110% excellent performance in both hike leader and guide of the Welsh county side. Along with that came some outstanding good craic, lovely food and drink and an total unforgettable experience. The weather was nice and misty and the B&B was absolutely super and well chosen. Highly recommend it :-)” – Soren S M, Denmark
Further reading on our blog:
OSI Sheet: Explorer Map OL17
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