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Snowdonia Autumn Hiking Weekend 2-4 Nov 2018
November 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - November 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pmFree
Organiser – Richie
Where – Snowdon Ranger. Rhyd Ddu, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 7YS
When – 2nd to 4th Nov 2018 (Friday-Sunday)
Cost – £129.00 (includes 2 nights’ accommodation and guided walks)
For this weekend we are visiting Snowdonia. We will depart on Friday after work and make our way to Snowdonia (car sharing will be available for those that need it and options will be announced nearer the time). We have booked Snowdon Ranger Hostel accommodation which is ideally located for our hikes over the weekend. Snowdon Ranger is a former inn, named after one of the first guides to show people to the summit. It has now been a Youth Hostel for over 75 years. It is set in an area steeped in Welsh history with the village of Beddgelert 5miles to the South and the World Heritage town of Caernarfon 8 miles to the North. The Welsh Highland Railway is nearby and there is a lake opposite. There are a number of showers and toilets, large dining room, a fully equipped self catering kitchen and a lounge plus a drying room.
On Saturday after breakfast we will walk from the front door of our accommodation towards Rhyd-Ddu station. The station is on the Welsh Highland Railway line and so you may see a steam train at the start. Our primary route is just over 13miles (20km) and is one of the less busy routes up Snowdon. Once at the summit (1085m) we will return via the Snowdon Ranger Path (used to be known as the Beddgelert Path since it was from this village that walkers started their journey to the summit – John Morton the self proclaimed ‘Snowdon Ranger’ used the path to guide Victorian tourists to the summit). This takes us back down to the accommodation. We will then have plenty of time for hot showers and then an evening meal at a local pub – with options for those who want to self-cater at the accommodation – but most of the group are likely to eat out locally in a pub which will be booked nearer the time.
On Sunday after breakfast we will quickly clear and clean the accommodation. The route today is 8m (10Km) a short 20 minute journey to a car park near Nantemor where we will do the beautiful Beddgelert Fisherman’s Path – the route follows Cwm Bychan up a gradual incline to just under 300m then back down to Llyn Dinas and we pass near the Sygun copper mine- following the river back down to Beddgelert – which has a famous Ice-Cream shop (award winning artisan ice cream and sorbet) and some other local shops and cafes – before heading back to the vehicles near Nantemor.
After the Sunday hike, we will drive straight from the hike finish to London (with some comfort breaks) and plan to be back in London around 8 pm on Sunday evening.