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Guided walking holiday hiking in North Wales

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North Wales

Step this way to experience Wales' most famous hiking trails

Take on North Wales’ famous hiking trails on this fully supported guided walking holiday. Led by a professional local guide, scramble the rocky heights of Tryfan and hike Pen yr Ole Wen in the spectacular Carneddau mountains. Summit the mighty Snowdon to complete your adventure.

7 Days April to October
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As well as the famous locations in UK hiking, you’ll walk some of North Wales’ most secret trails too. Discovering a side of the region only locals know, with a small group of restless adventurers just like you. Your guide will share the local myths and legends, telling tales of times gone by and bringing the hillsides of North Wales to life. Explore stunning Snowdonia and experience some of the best hiking in Europe.

7 days, zero-hassle and all this included:

  • Explore the famous (and the hidden) trails of Snowdonia National Park
  • Summit Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England
  • Hike Tryfan, Pen yr Ole Wen, the famous Glyderau and the spectacular Carneddau range
  • 5 days of guided hiking in stunning mountain scenery
  • A professional, local English-speaking mountain leader
  • 6 nights bed and breakfast in a gorgeous 5* hostel
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches
  • All transport during the trip, including airport / train station / ferry port transfers

Check out the full itinerary in the tab above!

Watch this video for a taste of hiking in this stunning region.

For adventurers who:

Are fit and experienced hikers, keen to discover some of the best hiking in Europe with a small group of like-minded explorers.

Day 1

We’ll pick you up from Manchester airport at 1.00pm, or from Chester train station at 2.00pm if you’re arriving by train, to take you to your accommodation in Capel Curig.  Let us know if you plan to arrive by ferry at Holyhead, transfers can be arranged from here too.

Settle into your new home and get to know your hiking mates ahead of the first day’s walking together tomorrow.

You’ll be staying in a gorgeous 5* hostel with dormitory style bedrooms, each sleeping up to 6 guests. Voted one of the Top 100 Hostels in the World, it’s a traditional Welsh stone building, featuring slate floors, log burners and comfy sofas. It’s perfect for relaxing after a long day on your feet. And for the summer months there’s an outdoor decking area with firepit. 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

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.

With a total height gain of around 600m and 12km of distance, this is a great warm up for the days ahead.

Day 3

Today is a big day with around 1,000m of climbing and 16km of distance to cover. Our minibus will take your group to the starting point at the east end of the beautiful Llyn Ogwen lake. Heading up the east ridge of Pen yr Ole Wen, you’ll pass along one of the most photographed streams in Wales. It’s the perfect place for a breather and your own photographic moment – one of many on this big mountain day as we hike through the Carneddau mountain range.

Today’s walk takes you through the heart of one of the highest plateaux in the UK. A true wild space.

Day 4

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 from Moelwyn Mawr. Take a step back in time and understand the industrial foundations of this mighty region.

Today you’ll soak up the history and enjoy a slightly easier day on your feet. Expect to climb no more than 650m over 13-16km. Well, we did say it was only slightly easier…!

Day 5

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.

The starting point of this hike is just a short drive away, so fuel up with breakfast and enjoy a comfy seat – you’ve a big day ahead!

There are several routes up this great mountain, some more technical than others. All stunning. And all rewarding.

Your guide will choose the path based on your ability, the weather on the day and to avoid other walkers as far as possible. All to give an unforgettable experience you can call your own.

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 6

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.

Day 7

Enjoy the final breakfast in your mountain home before packing away your gear. The bus will pick you up from the hostel at 8.30am, dropping off at Chester train station at 10.00am and at Manchester airport around 11.00am. Holyhead ferry port transfers can also be arranged.

After an incredible week scaling unspoiled heights together, it’ll be bear hugs all round with your new trail buddies.

What's Included

  • Explore the famous (and the hidden) trails of Snowdonia National Park
  • Summit Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England
  • Hike Tryfan, Pen yr Ole Wen, the famous Glyderau and the spectacular Carneddau range
  • 5 days of guided hiking in stunning mountain scenery
  • A professional, local English-speaking mountain leader
  • 6 nights bed and breakfast 5* hostel accommodation in a multi-bed shared room (private rooms can usually be accommodated if preferred – please enquire before booking)
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches
  • All transport during your trip, including Manchester airport / Chester train station transfers – for travel via Holyhead ferry port or elsewhere, please contact us

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

  • You’ll be picked up from Manchester airport at 1.00pm so make sure you book a flight landing no later than 12.30pm
  • Collections from Chester train station will be at 2.00pm
  • Your return transfer will drop you off at Manchester airport around 11.00am, so you can book any flight departing after 1.00pm
  • Drop offs at Chester train station will be at 10.00am
  • Transfers from Holyhead ferry port can also be arranged
  • 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
  • To make sure you enjoy that authentic experience only a small group brings, this trip will run with a minimum of 5 people but no more than 10
  • 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

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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