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Hiker watching sunset over Snowdonia

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Short Walking
North Wales

Big walking, packed into a little break

This stunning part of the world packs a real punch when it comes to hiking. Mountains, woodland and rolling countryside are all plentiful. In the heart of Snowdonia, this guided microadventure showcases the best of North Wales’ wild side and some of the best hiking in Europe.

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With a small group of like-minded adventurers and an expert local guide, you’ll discover epic walking trails and truly stunning mountain views. With your guide’s local knowledge you’ll walk through areas most people never see and learn about the fascinating rich history of Wales which marks the hillsides today. This mini walking holiday will give you a taste for North Wales and leave you wanting more.

4 days, zero-hassle and all this included:

  • Explore the famous (and the hidden) trails of Snowdonia National Park
  • Experience scrambling up rocky mountain peaks
  • 2.5 days of guided hiking in stunning mountain scenery
  • A professional, local English-speaking mountain leader
  • 3 nights bed and breakfast hostel accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches
  • All transport within the UK, including airport / train station transfers

Check out the full itinerary in the tab above!

For adventurers who:

Are active hikers, short on time but keen to discover some of the best hiking in Europe.

Day 1

We’ll pick you up from Manchester airport at 11.30pm, or from Chester train station at 12.15am if you’re arriving by train, to take you to your accommodation in Capel Curig. They’re late pick-ups so you can catch your flight or train after work, saving you one day of precious annual leave.

Settle into your new home and get ready for your first day of hiking.

You’ll be staying in a high quality hostel with dormitory style bedrooms, each sleeping up to 6 guests. It’s a traditional Welsh stone building, featuring slate floors, log burners and comfy sofas – perfect for relaxing after a long day on the saddle. Plus there’s an outdoor decking area with firepit for beers al fresco. The hostel’s social areas are the perfect place to hang out with your new trail mates.

Within walking distance there are a couple of pubs serving homely food and an outdoor centre with a bar that serves food. Betws-Y-Coed is just 5 miles down the road, offering a number of bars, restaurants and cafes. Or if you fancy rustling up your own meal one night, the hostel has a large kitchen for guests to use.

Day 2

Begin the day with breakfast at the little cafe next door to your hostel, then get set for epic views and cultural landscapes.

North Wales is renowned for its slate production, which dates as far back as the Roman period. The remnants of this vast industry are clearly visible across the region and today you’ll see a handful of the major quarries that bear witness to this era.

Packed with history, you’ll hike through true slate-mining country. Vast quarry sites, historic ruins and expansive views over Cardigan Bay – take a step back in time and understand the foundations of this mighty region.

Soak up the history and expect to climb around 650m over 13-16km. It’s a great way to start your walking microadventure.

Day 3

After a hearty breakfast at the little cafe next door, you’ll set off straight from your hostel to explore stunning Snowdonia. Moel Siabod stands tall above the village of Capel Curig, giving incredible views from the top. The route up there takes you through beautiful riverside woodland and onto open mountainside.

As you ascend the stunning ridge on grippy gritstone, there’s an option for the easier walk up to the peak or an interesting scramble over rocky sections. Whichever route you take, you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views from the summit. Ranging west across the higher peaks of the national park and far beyond the lower lands of the east.

Expect a total height gain of around 600m and 12km of distance.

Day 4

Indulge in a quick breakfast at the cafe next door before stepping on to the trails for one final morning of spectacular hiking in Snowdonia national park.

There will be time for a shower and change of clothes back at the hostel before the bus picks you up. Drop-offs at Chester train station will be at 3.30pm and at Manchester airport around 4.15pm.

What's Included

  • Explore the famous (and the hidden) trails of Snowdonia National Park
  • Experience scrambling up rocky mountain peaks
  • 2.5 days of guided hiking in stunning mountain scenery
  • A local, professional mountain leader
  • 3 nights bed and breakfast hostel accommodation in a multi-bed shared room (guests travelling alone who would prefer their own room can usually be accommodated – please enquire before booking)
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches
  • All transport within the UK, including airport / train station transfers

Supercharge your trip

    Even more ways to take your adventure to the next level! Simply make your selections at checkout when you book your trip online:

  • Olfi action camera hire, with helmet and chest mounts – one life, film it!
  • Private room – we can usually accommodate requests for your own room, please check with us before booking

What you need to bring

  • Sturdy, comfortable walking boots
  • Plenty of walking socks
  • Walking trousers – usually these will be a modern ‘technical’ quick drying fabric
  • Wicking base layer
  • Warm fleece or softshell mid layer
  • Waterproof & windproof jacket – the weather can change quickly in the mountains so it’s essential to carry one, even in summer
  • Hat and gloves – even in summer it can get cold at altitude
  • Sun cream, sun glasses, insect repellent and a sun hat
  • Day backpack – to carry hydration, snacks and spare clothing

What you need to know

  • This trip will run with a minimum of 5 people but no more than 10, to make sure you enjoy that small group feel
  • Please note, this trip may be rearranged or cancelled if fewer than 5 people are booked. We’ll let you know at least 30 days in advance
  • You’ll be picked up from Manchester airport at 11.30pm so make sure you book a flight landing no later than 10.45pm
  • Collections from Chester train station will be at 12.15pm
  • Your return transfer will drop you off at Manchester airport around 4.15pm, so you can book any flight departing after 6.15pm
  • Drop offs at Chester train station will be at 3.30pm
  • We don’t believe in charging people more for exploring our world solo, so we’ll always match you up with a like-minded traveler to share with. You’ll be staying in a multi-bed room in Capel Curig, sharing with no more than 6 people. If you would prefer your own room we can usually accommodate that, though an extra charge would apply

At Adventure Tours UK, we set out to create the kind of breaks people like us go wild for. People who get their thrills in the outdoors and want to care for it too. Who want to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature. If you’re in search of adventure, you’ll find it with us.

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