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Glyders Traverse Walking Weekend
A rewarding walkers weekend in Snowdonia as we explore the Glyders mountain range on Saturday with its dramatic and breathtaking mountain landscapes, followed by an equally impressive walk of Moel Siabod on Sunday.
Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach are set in truly rugged, majestic mountain scenery that makes it a compelling walking destination. As we traverse the summits, expect spectacular mountain scenery, hidden tarns, and lake views.
And what better way to finish a fine weekend of mountain walks, than Sunday’s walk on Moel Siabod, a Snowdonia mountain which occupies a solitary position and perfect for getting off the beaten tracks while still experiencing some stunning mountain scenery.
- Walking the Glyders of Snowdonia
- Dramatic mountain scenery
- Quality walking
- Enjoyable social evenings
Accommodation for this trip is not included. For accommodation information and all essential trip information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.
Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening
Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm in Betws-y-Coed. It’s a chance for everyone on the weekend to meet and the Country Adventures trip leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the Trip Notes detail everything you need to know about the weekend.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 4 walk – The Glyders via Devils Kitchen 6.5 miles (10.4km), with 2788 ft (850m) of ascent
Group transport from Betws-y-Coed to the start of today’s walk in the Ogwen valley.
In spite of the walk being just over 6 miles in length, this is a magnificent walk in true mountain settings that can be exhilarating and ultimately rewarding. At times you will use your hands along with your feet to navigate through the mountain ascents but the effort is truly rewarding as the views offer some of the best mountain landscapes you will ever come across.
The walk begins beside the shimmering waters of Llyn Ogwen then immediately into the Snowdonia mountains with a steady trail to Llyn Idwal, an idyllic mountain lake overlooked by the Devils Kitchen, where a mountain trail weaves its way steeply up the side of the Devils Kitchen offering some very impressive vistas and hidden waterfalls.
The traverse along the Glyders, made up of the summits of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach, are in itself a walkers delight, with high viewpoints and fascinating rock formations on the summits, including the well-known Cantilever Stone on Glyder Fach.
In the evening, an optional social evening is planned in Betws-y-Coed, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Grade 3 walk – Moel Siabod 8.6 miles (13.8km), with 2400 ft (731m) of ascent
Country Adventures transport will take us from the centre of Betws-y-Coed to the start of today’s walk of Moel Siabod – a popular mountain with walkers and occupying a wonderful solitary position with great views to many of the other high mountains of Snowdonia. This route tackles the traditional route from Pont Cyfyng to the summit returning through the forest back to the start. Boulder fields and some easy scrambling is needed to reach the summit.
The walking weekend will finish in Betws-y-Coed between 3-4pm
Accommodation is not included as part of this trip. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Booking.com search for accommodation in Betws-y-coed, Gwynedd
We recommend booking accommodation in, or near to, Betws-y-coed for easy reach to the meeting point for both the walks and social evenings.
Food & Drink
For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route.
On Saturday evening, an optional social evening in Betws-y-coed is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For guided walking holidays that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the trip price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification on any of the equipment requirements, please do not hesitate to ask.
Trip Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled trips, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Welcome Evening – 8.30pm please meet outside Stables Bar (Royal Oak Hotel)
Walking Days – 9.30am Meet outside Stables Bar (Royal Oak Hotel)
Address: Stables Bar (Royal Oak Hotel) Holyhead Rd, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AY
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