TDX

Walking the Snowdonia Slate Trail Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Europe, United Kingdom
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TDX
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

Discover a lost world of Celtic rainforests, hidden waterfalls, deep river gorges and abandoned quarries on this 133km circular walking route through Snowdonia National Park. Opened in 2017, the Snowdonia Slate Trail winds through areas that have been largely unknown to walkers. Admire the famous peaks from hidden paths, rarely used since the end of the quarries, and enjoy picturesque villages as you hike the best sections of this fascinating trail. 

At a Glance

  • Slate heritage of North Wales
  • Peaks, ridges and lakes of the National Park of Snowdonia
  • Picturesque village of Beddgelert, and the grave of its legendary faithful dog

Trip Highlights

  • 7 nights in hotels and guest houses
  • 6 days walking
  • Group normally 4-15, plus leader. Min age. 16 yrs
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Travel by private minibus
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom, Europe

Is This Trip for You?

The walks on this holiday highlight some of the Snowdonia National Park's best scenery. Walk across moorland, through ancient woodland, along spectacular ridges. There will be times when a head for heights is required. The walks are not technically difficult and are low altitude throughout. However, you will need to cover distances of up to 20km with 700m ascent, so a good level of fitness is required. Equally you must be prepared for inclement weather. 

You will only need to take a daypack with you on the walks and luggage will be transferred between the accommodations during the trip.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
15

Itinerary

Slate trail map

Land Only

Start City:
Betws-y-Coed
End City:
Betws-y-Coed

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive at your hotel in Betws-y-Coed

    Our trip begins at the hotel in Betws-y-Coed, a small village in the Conwy Valley, known as the gateway to Snowdonia National Park. There will be a welcome briefing and group meal. Please arrive at Stables Lodge on time for your 6pm briefing.

    Stables Lodge, Betws-y-Coed or similar

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Transport to Ogwen Cottage; walk back to Betws y Coed

    In the morning we take a transfer to the start point of our first walk at Ogwen Cottage. From here the Slate Trail descends gradually through the Ffrancon Valley. Walking through Gwydir Forest, we pass the Ugly House before reaching the famous Swallow Falls and eventually returning to our hotel in Betws.

    Stables Lodge, Betws-y-Coed or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 17 km / 10.6 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    300
    Activity (hours):
    4-5
  • Day 3

    Walk Betws y Coed to Penmachno; transport back to Betws y Coed

    We set off from the hotel, out along a woodland path and through the Fairy Glen.  The impressive Conwy Falls are a particular highlight and offer a chance to pause for lunch at the café bearing its name. We continue on through Penmachno Forest, finishing for the day in Penmachno Village, often described as a 'hideaway' thanks to its setting ringed by forests and hills. At the end of our walk, we transport back to Betws for a free evening.

    Stables Lodge, Betws-y-Coed or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5.6 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    250
    Activity (hours):
    2-3
  • Day 4

    Transport to Cwm Penmachno, walk to Llan Ffestiniog

    We take a transfer to Cwm (valley in Welsh) Penmachno to begin with an ascent through the old quarry workings. Today we pass through the wild (sometimes boggy) SSSI of Migneint to discover the hidden Cwm Cynfal Gorge and arrive in Llan Ffestiniog for the evening.

    Gwesty Seren Hotel, Llan Ffestiniog or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6.3 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    440
    Activity (hours):
    4-5
  • Day 5

    In the morning we take a transfer to Blaenau Ffestiniog

    In the morning we take a transfer to Blaenau Ffestiniog. We start our walk from there past Cwmorthin Lake to the remote Rhosydd Quarry. Continue to Croesor Quarry, dropping down the Croesor Valley and along the wild drover’s road. A spectacular riverside path leads us to the picturesque village of Beddgelert.

    Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 20 km / 12.5 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    700
    Activity (hours):
    5-6
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Rhyd Ddu, walk to Waunfaur; transport back to Beddgelert

    In the morning we take a transfer to Rhyd Ddu. Heading through the forest and along the valley, we pass through the slate workings of Nantlle, across moorland and through woodland to reach the village of Waunfawr. This area, originally dominated by numerous small settlements and of course slate production, experienced inevitable decline following the end of slate production but is regaining an identity thanks not only to the walks in the area but also the arrival of the Welsh Highland Railway. From here we transfer back to Beddgelert.

    Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 17 km / 10.6 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    480
    Activity (hours):
    5-6
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Waunfaur, walk to Llanberis, visit National Slate Museum at Dinorwic Quarry

    In the morning we drive back to Waunfawr to resume the trail, which intertwines here with the North Pilgrim’s Way. Footpaths and forest tracks lead us all the way to Llanberis, with its enviable lakeside location at the foot of Snowdon. A short final walk allows time to visit the National Slate Museum in Dinorwic Quarry. This is the perfect way to end the journey, having effectively put 'faces to names' of some of the key quarries and routes that for years defined and dominated the nature and culture of this part of Wales. 

    Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5.6 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    390
    Activity (hours):
    3-4
  • Day 8

    End Betws-y-Coed

    Following breakfast, we transport back to Betws-y-Coed and say our goodbyes.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels & Guesthouses

Royal Goat exterior

Throughout the week, you will spend 7 nights in 3-star hotels and guesthouses. The accommodations have been selected for their charm, character and offer a comfortable stay. All accommodations offer rooms with en-suite.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £370.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts and one dinner included.

Lunches can be purchased from local bakeries, shops and mini-markets which will offer you the opportunity to try lots of local produce and delicacies. Try delicious Welsh cakes or the traditional Bara Brith, excellent for a hiking snack and available in local shops / bakeries. Enjoy the classic Welsh Rarebit in pubs / cafes or try some of the local produce such as Welsh beef or local cheeses.

Packed lunches may also be possible to organise with accommodations stayed at during the trip.

Dinners can be taken at accommodations we stay at or at local restaurants.

Transportation

Transfers throughout the week will be by private minibus. Luggage will be transferred throughout the tour to the next accommodation. You will only need to carry a daypack during the walks.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Summers in North Wales tend to be slightly cooler than you might expect and winters can be milder especially on the coast, while higher, upland areas have more chance of harsher weather conditions. The warmest months to visit are from June through to August, although temperatures start to warm up around April and remain pleasant until October time. We advise you take waterproofs as rain / showers can occur at any time of year. 

Joining Instructions

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Betws-y-Coed

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Betws-y-Coed
Location end:
Betws-y-Coed

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Walking boots with good ankle support and grip
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket and over trousers- drying facilities are available for overnight drying out as required.
  • A jacket & sweater/fleece 
  • Refillable water bottle (1-2 litre capacity at least)- Please note that tap water is safe to drink in the area which means all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list as this will save on wasteful plastic bottles.
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat, sunscreen, and lip salve
  • Small first aid kit including Compeed/blister kit.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles
Wales, United Kingdom

Practical Information

Visa

United Kingdom

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

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It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

United Kingdom's Timezone:
Europe/London BST (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

United Kingdom's Electricity:

220-240V. 50Hz. You will need a 3 pinned type G plug.

Money

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. As a guideline we recommend a contribution of approx. 20 GBP per client. This is entirely at your discretion if you wish to provide your leader with a tip if you are happy with the services they have provided throughout the trip.

betws_y_coed, Wales, United Kingdom

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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.