Organisers – Richie & Rick
Where – Snowdon Lodge, Lawrence House, Church St, Tremadog, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9PS
When – 15th-17th Sep 2017 (Friday-Sunday)
Cost – £129.00 (includes 2 nights’ accommodation and guided walks) – or £258 for a double room
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 Lodge as exclusive hire, for our sole use. It sleeps 33-35 but we will limit to 33 for this trip. It is a Grade 2 Listed building and the birthplace of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and will be the perfect location for the walks and activities we have planned. The centrally heated property contains a mixture of doubles, twins and dormitory (5-6 bunk beds) rooms. There are a number of showers and toilets, large dining room, self catering kitchen and a lounge with TV and log burning stove plus a drying room. On Saturday evening people can self cater, but most of the group are likely to eat out locally in a pub which will be booked nearer the time.
Snowdon (1085m): Rhyd-Dhu Path (used to be known as the Beddgelert Path since it was from this village that walkers started their journey to the summit) & Snowdon Ranger Path (John Morton the self proclaimed ‘Snowdon Ranger’ used the path to guide Victorian tourists to the summit).
On Saturday after breakfast we will drive to Rhyd-Ddu station which is a 20 minute journey from the accommodation. 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 9 miles (14km) and is one of the less busy routes up Snowdon. Once at the summit (1085m) we will return via the Snowdon Ranger Path which will take us back down to the car park. We will then return to the accommodation for hot showers and then an evening meal at a local pub (with options for those who want to self-cater at the accommodation).
Snowdon Route Option: Once at the summit, we will have an option to walk the Miners Track which adds a further 5 miles (8km) to our route – this track was built to carry copper from the Britannia Copper Works near Llyn Glaslyn to Pen y Pass, where it was then transported to Caernarfon. The mining came to an end in 1916, remains from the work can still be seen on the path to this day.
On Sunday after breakfast we will quickly clear and clean the accommodation. The route today is either:
Option-1 (6 mile – 10Km): drive a 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.
Option-2 (11 miles – 17km): drive a 45 minute journey to the start location (opposite Tryfan) where we will start the hike to Pen yr Ole Wen and the Carneddau. The route is quite a challenging ascent and includes the peaks of Carnedd Dafydd (1044m) – 3rd highest peak in Wales and Carnedd Llewelyn (1064m) – 2nd highest peak in Wales.
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.