Classic Snowdonia Walks
A week of Classic Snowdonia walks from the well known summit of Snowdon to the lesser known but equally rewarding peaks of the Carneddau. We explore some of this dramatic areas best walking and delve into the social and natural history that has shaped the region.
Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of mountain experiences and courses. All of our team are both hugely experienced and highly qualified and will make the week both fun, friendly and highly informative. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further adventures and courses.
As our team are also top class instructors we are happy to help you learn some navigation or other skills as we go along.
Classic Snowdonia Walks – Format
We meet on the Sunday evening to say hello and make sure everyone is ready and raring to go for the Monday. Over dinner we get to know one another and discuss the week and of course the all important weather!
Day 1 – We meet at 9 am and after looking at the weather we hatch our plan for the day. We will have a quick session on equipment and emergency procedures before heading out. We often try and start gently. Moel Siabod is delightful and mixes the turbulent waters of the Llugwy (with an outside chance of spotting an otter) with the tranquility of the ancient oak woodlands, before winding through the remains of ancient slate workings to the summit and panoramic views. As on most days we aim to be back down by about 4;30pm.
Day 2 – Depending on the weather, we may head up Tryfan, voted the most loved mountain in the UK. Easy scrambling with mountain goats to accompany us (smelt often before they are seen!) may take us along the N ridge and past the famous Canon stone, before a joyous romp up lovely rock to the summit. Here we can make our acquaintance with Adam and Eve, the two stone monoliths which guard the summit. A gentle descent past ‘Australia’ leads us back to the road.
Day 3 – Today we may take a wander up Snowdon. With eight well known routes and several other variations, there is sufficient variety to keep most people happy.
Day 4 – We may head into the Carneddau, home of the Carneddau ponies. Either a lovely horseshoe taking in Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewellyn (named after the last independent Prince of Wales and his brother). Or, if we are all brimming with energy a rip roaring traverse traverse of the Carneddau from Aber to Ogwen.
Day 5 – With our last day it’s often hard to decide where to go. If energy levels are low we may head for Cnicht and summit the Welsh Matterhorn. Alternatively, we can explore the more lofty peaks of the Glyderau and Y Garn. The choice is not quite endless, but there is certainly no shortage of options. We try and finish slightly earlier today so that people who are travelling home can get away before 5pm
- Location: Snowdonia
- Cost: from £895 full board
- Duration: 5 days
- Ratio: 1:8
- Level: Introduction
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are two or more of you that would like some guided walking (or scrambling), please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.
The course will meet at 7pm on Sunday in Llanberis. This has good bus links with Bangor which is a main line train station. From here you can access Manchester airport (about 2.5hrs) or London (about 4 hrs) by train.
A full kit list with recommendations as to what works best for Snowdonia walks is contained in the Joining Instructions. These also contain a host of helpful tips and links to articles and videos to help you get the most out of the course.
We can provide maps and a compass, please just let us know if you require this.
You don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this walking adventure. Average fitness is all that is required. We usually spend between six and seven hours walking each day, and there are usually options to shorten the days if required.
Classic Snowdonia walks is offered as residential or non residential to suit your needs. We base ourselves in a comfortable hotel in Llanberis. For those that don’t need our accommodation, some other options are listed on our Accommodation page.