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Hiker watching sunset over Snowdonia

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Hiking Weekend
North Wales

Big mountain hiking, packed into a little break

North Wales is a stunning part of the world and it packs a real punch when it comes to hiking. Mountains, woodland and rolling countryside are all plentiful. In the heart of Snowdonia, this guided hiking weekend 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 hiking trails and truly stunning mountain views. With your guide’s local knowledge you’ll explore areas most people never see and learn about the fascinating rich history of Wales which marks the hillsides today. This hiking weekend will give you a taste for North Wales and leave you wanting more.

3 days of hiking, zero-hassle and all this included:

  • Explore the famous (and the hidden) trails of Snowdonia National Park
  • Experience scrambling up rocky mountain peaks
  • 3 days of guided hiking in stunning mountain scenery
  • A professional, local English-speaking mountain leader
  • 3 nights accommodation in a 5* hostel

Check out the full itinerary in the tab above!

Want a flavour of what to expect? Watch this.

For adventurers who:

Are active hikers, keen to discover some of the best hiking in Europe on a weekend break.

Perfect for solo travellers, couples and friends.

Day 1

Make your way to your accommodation in Capel Curig, where you’ll be staying for the weekend. Check-in is available from 5pm onwards.

Get settled into your new home and prepare 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 your feet. 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 new friends.

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 well-equipped kitchen for guests to use.

Day 2

Snowdon is the jewel in the crown of the Snowdonia National Park. Standing at 1,085m, it’s the highest mountain in Wales and England. No adventure to this great country would be complete without scaling its grandest of mountain peaks.

We’re kicking off your weekend with this beast so we have the best chance of having it all to ourselves. Snowdon is a very popular peak so it can get busy. There are several routes up this great mountain, some more technical than others. All stunning. And all rewarding. Our guides will choose the best route for you. Whichever route we take, the starting point will be a short drive away

Standing on the summit of Snowdon feels like standing on top of the world. On a clear day, the panoramic views it rewards you with will stay with you forever. We know it’s moments like this that adventurous souls like you live for.

Day 3

Your second day of hiking will begin straight from your hostel door. 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

It’s your final day of adventure so lets end on a high. A mountain high, of course!

The Glyderau area provides a wealth of options to choose from. The most famous is Tryfan, but Bristly Ridge, Devil’s Kitchen, Gribin Ridge and more, mean your last day in the Welsh mountains can be tailored to whatever you’re up for doing.

With a combination of hiking and scrambling, it will be a day to remember. The total climb and distance will depend on the route chosen, but expect a good climb of at least 700m. See how your legs feel and work with your guide to craft your Welsh wilderness trail finale.

After a day like this, you’ll be wanting to come back for more!

At the end of the day, freshen up with a shower and change back at the hostel before you make your way home from an incredible weekend of hiking in North Wales.

What's Included

  • Explore the famous (and the hidden) trails of Snowdonia National Park
  • Experience scrambling up rocky mountain peaks
  • 3 days of guided hiking in stunning mountain scenery
  • A professional, local English-speaking mountain leader
  • 3 nights accommodation in a 5* hostel

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
  • Packed lunch for each hiking day

What you need to know

  • We recommend bringing your own car
  • If you don’t drive and require assistance with transport, please contact us to discuss options
  • The hostel has catering facilities if you’d like to prepare your own meals, or alternatively there is a cafe and a pub right next door as well as other eateries close by in Betws-y-Coed
  • 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 it can usually be accommodated, though an extra charge would apply
  • This trip will run with a minimum of 4 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 4 people are booked. We’ll let you know at least 30 days in advance

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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