This eight day self-guided walking in Snowdonia holiday takes you on a journey through Wales’ most famous national park. Snowdonia National Park, now known by its Welsh name of Eryri, protects dazzling mountain scenery, traditional villages such as Beddgelert or Aberdaron.
You also get to summit Yr Wyddfa or Snowdon on this trip, the highest mountain in Wales at 1,085m following the Pyg Track. Other highlights include a hike around Ynys Enlli, or Bardsey Island, just off the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula. From coast to crags, this Snowdonia holiday is a week of Welsh wanderlust.
- Snowdonia National Park
- ‘Ty Hyll’ or the Ugly house
- Bardsey Island
- Summit Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) 1,085m
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Day 1: Arrive Beddgelert
Welcome to Beddgelert in Wales. After settling in you could spend the afternoon/evening exploring this wonderful little village.
- Accommodation (Days 1-4): Royal Goat Hotel, Sygun Fawr or similar
- Upgraded accommodation: Plas Tan y Graig or similar
Day 2: Circular walk Beddgelert | 16km
Your first walk is a fantastic introduction to the Welsh countryside. From the village, take a small road passing some traditional cottages and the Sygun Copper Mine. This is an impressive example of how precious industrial heritage can be restored into a tourist attraction. The walking trail continues to Llyn Dinas lake then over Mynydd Llyndy, where you have superb views in all directions. You continue through moorland and woodlands to the hamlet of Nantmor, then back to Beddgelert via the Fisherman’s Trail.
- Walking for the day: 4-5h, 16km ↑320m
Day 3: Summiting Snowdon | 11km
Today’s walk takes you up Yr Wyddfa, or Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales (1,085m). From Beddgelert, you take public transport for a short distance to the start of the trail at Pen-y-Pass, a mountain road built in the 1830s to carry ore from the mines on Yr Wyddfa to the nearby town of Llanberis. The walking trail leads you along an old miners’ track, called the Pyg Track, to the summit. From the summit (weather permitting) you will enjoy panoramic views of Eryri, or Snowdonia You have a choice of walks to descend, by either taking the miners’ track back to Pen-y-Pass or following the train track down to Llanberis. Public transport is then available to take you back to your accommodation in Beddgelert.
- Walking for the day: 3-4h, 11km ↑725m
Day 4: Betws-y-Coed to Ty Hyll | 13km
Take public transport to the start of your walk, this time in the colourful town of Betws-y-Coed which is surrounded by dense woodlands and magnificent countryside. A small forest trail leads you up to Llyn Elsi Reservoir. The trail continues via an old Roman Road that takes you across the Miner’s Bridge and on to Swallow Falls, where the river Llugwy rushes down from the mountains. Crags and jagged rocks divide the stream into a number of cascades. Your day ends at Ty Hyll, the Ugly House, built overnight by two outlaw brothers, and now the offices of the National Trust. Public transport is available to take you back to your accommodation in Beddgelert.
- Walking for the day: 3-4h, 13km ↑360m
Day 5: Bryncroes to Aberdaron | 16km
A taxi will today transfer you from Beddgelert to the small hamlet of Bryncroes for the start of your walk. Taxi transfer is included in the tour cost. A very mixed and varied walk awaits you today, taking you through open farmland, mixed woodland, over gentle hills and along some quiet country roads on your way to Aberdaron. Mynydd Rhiw is the high point of the day at 304m and, from the top, you will be rewarded with sweeping views of both land and sea. As you walk, you pass through some derelict farmsteads with traditional stonewalls reaching out in all directions.
- Walking for the day: 4-5h, 16km ↑365m
- Accommodation (Days 5-7): Gwesty Ty Newydd or similar
Day 6: Bardsey Island | 12km
Today’s walk is on Ynys Enlli, or Bardsey Island. To get to the island, you take a small ferry from just outside Aberdaron, on a 15mins crossing. Ynys Enlli lies about 3km off the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula. It is 2.5km in length and, at its widest point, is just over 1 km. Mynydd Enlli mountain rises to a height of 167m. The island has been a refuge for nature lovers and those seeking solitude for centuries. It was declared a national nature reserve in 1986 and many make the journey from Aberdaron each summer to glimpse cormorants, shags, manx shearwaters and curlews. Grey seals also come to bask on the beaches. Between eight and thirteen people are resident on the island, including a farmer, warden and bird experts.
- Walking for the day: 3-4h, 12km ↑160m
Day 7: Circular walk Aberdaron | 14.5km
This is one of the most spectacular coastal walks to be found anywhere in the British Isles. It is made up of coastal paths, open countryside, moorlands and an abundance of peace and tranquillity. The walking trail takes you in a clockwise direction around the headland of the Llyn Peninsula and up to the top of Mynydd Mawr. From here, on a good day, you can see across the Irish Sea to the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. You pass St. Mary’s Well, which is a very unusual well because it fills with fresh water from an underground spring, despite being under sea level at high tide. You also enjoy great views over Bardsey Island.
- Walking for the day: 4-5h, 14.5km ↑585m
Day 8: Departure
After a hearty Welsh breakfast, public transport is available from Aberdaron to Bangor and on to your next adventure.
What to expect
Accommodation on this tour includes a mix of small, locally-owned hotels, B&Bs and traditional guesthouses. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their location, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
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- Royal Goat Hotel: In the heart of Snowdonia National Park, the Royal Goat Hotel offers accommodation with mountain views. Each en suite room at the Royal Goat features a TV, tea/coffee facilities and a hairdryer. Full of character, Royal Goat Hotel has a cosy lounge and an elegant reading room. The popular grill bar restaurant serves a traditional menu, made with local produce.
- Sygun Fawr (1km from the village): Sygun Fawr Country House in Beddgelert provides adults-only accommodation with a bar and a shared lounge. Continental and full English/Irish breakfast options are available each morning at the hotel.
- Optional upgrade: Plas Tan y Graig: Featuring a shared lounge, garden and views of river, Plas Tan y Graig B&B Guest House Beddgelert is set in Beddgelert. At the guest house, all rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Plas Tan y Graig B&B Guest House Beddgelert offers certain units with garden views, and the rooms are fitted with a patio. The units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. The accommodation offers a à la carte or Full English/Irish breakfast.
- Gwesty Ty Newydd: Overlooking the sandy beach of Aberdaron, Gwesty Ty Newydd is a well-appointed bed and breakfast on north west Wales’ Llyn Peninsula. With a bar, restaurant and sea-view terrace, it also provides free Wi-Fi. Each room at Gwesty Ty Newydd has en suite facilities with a bath and shower. All have a hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities and flat-screen TV with Freeview. The restaurant serves dishes featuring local produce, including freshly caught Aberdaron lobster and crab. Afternoon tea with home-baked cakes is also served, while the licensed bar has a terrace to enjoy your drink and the stunning ocean views.
*Hotels are subject to availability. If a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunches can be pre-ordered from your accommodation the night before. You can have dinner at the guesthouse you are staying at (if available) or at the village pubs and restaurants.
Difficulty and terrain
Easy to moderate walking. You do need to be reasonably fit and healthy for the climb to Snowdon, as it takes the average walker 4 hours to get to the top and back down, including walking uphill, some of it steep (read more about difficulty grades). A comprehensive guidebook and map are supplied. You can also call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. Your holiday information pack will include more detailed information on route navigation.
When to go
This trip is available from April until October.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, and you can start your trip on any date during the season. We can eventually book you on off-season dates if you are a seasoned and well-equipped hiker.
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Our recommended airports for this tour are Liverpool and Manchester.
By train or bus
- Arrive at Liverpool or Manchester Airport and take a train to Bangor, then travel by bus to your first accommodation in Beddgelert.
- Check the Traveline website for up-to-date timetables, or use the Omio planner above.
- 7 nights in twin/double rooms, en-suite (3-star hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses as listed in the itinerary)
- 7 breakfasts
- Luggage transfer when changing hotels (one piece of luggage per person, max 20kg)
- Detailed journey documentation and practical information: personalised trip notes and maps, details on restaurants and places of interest to visit, information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour (emailed before departure and a hard copy provided at first hotel; one set per room)
- GPS tracks
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not explicitly listed as included
Options, extras and supplements
- A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Upgraded accommodation in Beddgelert
- Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request