Snowdon Walking Weekend
Come and enjoy one of the finest ascents of Snowdon, the UK’s 2nd highest mountain, on this fully guided walking weekend in Snowdonia, North Wales.
Saturdays route to the summit of Snowdon is via the Watkin Path, which out of the six main routes to the top of Snowdon, offers the most height gain (3562ft). It is also one of the most interesting routes, as it traverses a breath-taking landscape used by Commandos who trained here during WWII and is a significant part of the mining heritage that is associated with Snowdon.
Your mountain guide for the weekend will guide you to the Snowdon summit safely, whilst you take the opportunity to admire the commanding views that this walk has to offer.
The second day on the Snowdon walking weekend includes a walk following the waters of the Aberglaslyn gorge and into the hills of the old copper mining works.
- Guided walk to the summit of Snowdon
- Breath-taking scenery
- Mountain lakes
- Abergalsyn river walk
Accommodation for this tour is not included. For accommodation information and all essential tour information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.
Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening
Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm in the village of Beddgelert where there are several local inns. It’s a chance for everyone on the weekend to meet and the Country Adventures tour 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 booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the weekend.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 4 walk – Snowdon Watkin Path 8 miles (13km), with 3562 ft (1086m) of ascent
Meeting in Beddgelert at 9.20am we will make our way to the start of the walk nearby. The route is on good well defined footpaths for most part and passes several places of historical interest. The ascent is achieved in stages until there is a steeper ascent over scree which is perfectly safe under the guidance of the walk leader before reaching the top of Snowdon.
There will be time to take in the view from the top. The 2624ft descent from the summit, follows the Snowdon Railway briefly before turning down the Miners Path which is a very good path, contouring to a level path around Snowdon’s mountain lakes, to the finish. We will finish the walk at Pen y Pass where there are places to enjoy refreshments before the Country Adventures transport takes us back to Beddgelert village.
In the evening, an optional social evening is planned in Beddgelert village, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Grade 2 walk – Aberglaslyn Walk 6 miles (9.6km), with 1660 ft (506m) of ascent
Today’s scenic guided walk is a gentler second days’ walk taking in the bustling Aberglasyn gorge and the old copper mine works located in the hills above Beddgelert. This is a walk we’ve enjoyed many times as it perfectly compliments the previous day, and whilst it is on lower ground, is full of interest in picturesque hill, valley, and lake settings.
The walk, and weekend, will finish in Beddgelert village between 3-4pm
Accommodation is not included as part of this tour. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Booking.com search for accommodation in Beddgelert, Gwynedd
We recommend booking accommodation in, or near to, Beddgelert 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 Beddgelert village is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For guided walking tours 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 tour 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 any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Tour 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 tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Please meet outside Beddgelert Information Centre for 9.20am for the start of the walk.
Address: Beddgelert Information Centre, Beddgelert, LL55 4YD