May Bank Holiday Weekend to Snowdonia
Organiser – Gary Box
Where – Lledr House, Pont-y-Pant, Dolwyddelan, Conwy LL25 0DQ
When – 2nd-5th May 2014
Cost £96.50 (includes 3 nights accommodation and all guided walks)
We will leave London on the evening of Friday 2nd May, headed for Lledr House in the heart of Snowdonia. Transport will be on a car sharing basis and there will be various London departure locations which will be announced nearer the time. Alternatively you can make your own way to the hostel, Pont-y-Pant train station is less than a kilometre away.
The hostel sleeps 31 in the following bedrooms:
1 x 9 bed dorm
1 x 6 bed dorm
2 x 4 bed dorms
3 x 2 bed dorms
2 x single bed rooms
All bedding is provided. In the evenings we can either use the self catering kitchen or eat out locally. Both the Spar supermarket and Y Gwydyr pub are within walking distance. The pretty town of Betws-y-Coed is just 7km away by car. The hostel has a TV in the lounge and free Wi-Fi.
Saturday 3rd May
Walk Option 1
Drive 30 minutes to Llyn Ogwen where there is plenty of parking, either free along the Lake or in a paid car park near Idwal Cottage Youth Hostel. Our walk is a classic, Tryfan and the Glyders. Whilst not being a long walk the terrain makes this a full day out. The North Face of Tryfan is basically a climb with easy hand and foot holds. The Cannon Stone is a great photo on the way to the summit where you will find the famous Adam and Eve stones that you can jump between if you want. From here we cross the rugged rocky surface that is the Glyders with another famous photo opportunity, the Cantilever Stone.
Walk Option 2
Short 15 minute drive to Pont Cyfyng where our 8.5km walk starts. Our goal is Moel Siabod, which has a great grade 1 scrambling ridge for those that love scrambling. This ridge can be avoided for those that don’t have a head for heights. The route offers some of the best views anywhere in Snowdonia National Park. Since this walk is likely to take about 4 1/2 hours there will be time afterwards to explore the lovely town of Betws-y-Coed where there are waterfalls, outdoor shops and some great places to eat.
Sunday 4th May
Drive 30 minutes to Pen-y-Pass. If possible we will park in the main car park but if full as is often the case we will park further down the valley and either catch the bus up or walk. Our walk is the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon, with 2 routes depending on your ability and head for heights. The harder route will be the Snowdon Horseshoe which starts on the Pyg track before crossing the famous and exposed Crib Goch ridge before making the summit of Snowdon. The route down is also longer and harder on this option. The easy option will be to ascend Snowdon completely on the Pyg track and then descend on the Miners Track.
Monday 5th May
Whitewater Rafting at the National Whitewater Centre. Approx a 45 minute drive from the accommodation we will need to arrive for 10:30am as our session starts at 11:00am. Limited to 7 people this activity will last for 2 hours and costs £45.00 which includes wetsuit hire (£40.00 if you have your own wetsuit).
Walk from hostel door to Betws-y-Coed on a route that is 10km. Very scenic following course of the river and through forests sights include Fairy Glen. Once at Betws-y-Coed relax and enjoy this beautiful town. Drivers doing this option will be collected by the whitewater rafting car once that activity has finished and taken back to the hostel to collect cars. We will all then meet back in Betws-y-Coed to collect passengers and say goodbye.
Other things you can do independently
Visit Dolwyddelan Castle (medieval stronghold of Welsh princes)
Visit Portmeirion which is only a 30 minute drive from the hostel.
What to Bring
- Hiking clothes and boots
- Food for breakfasts and packed lunches
- Towel & Toiletries