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Self Drive Collection

Wales: Eryri (Snowdonia)


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Region: Wales
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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    Trip Overview

    Created by: Bridget Brown


    Founded in 1951 as the first national park in Wales, Eryri (Snowdonia) is home to the highest mountains in the UK outside of Scotland. With 60km of coastline and over 2,000 square kilometres of craggy mountains and crystal clear lakes, there is much to explore in this beautiful area of North West Wales.

    A haven for adventure enthusiasts, Eryri (Snowdonia) is an exciting place to explore on foot or by bike with something for every level, ability and experience. Your expert guide will suggest outings which will be tailored to suit your interests. Look forward to exploring miles of wild land, discovering remote hidden places said to be home to dragons, hiking through spectacular scenery and experiencing the thrills of biking through ancient forests. You’ll also have time to yourself to enjoy the many activities and attractions that this part of Wales has to offer. Whatever you fancy, hill walks or scrambles, remote solitude or pretty villages, museums, local craft shops and cafes, this part of Wales will leave you wanting to return for more.

    Our Wales: Eryri (Snowdonia) trip is part of our exciting collection of self-drive itineraries. You can enjoy this trip as a short break, or choose to extend your holiday by adding on one or more of our other itineraries in this range. Suitable for families, couples and groups of friends, the exciting and varied activities on these trips will be tailored to your interests and preferences, making them accessible to all ages and levels of experience. With the option to upgrade accommodation and add on extra days and activities, you are sure to find your perfect adventure.

    This price is based on a group of 4, prices will vary depending on group size. Please get in touch with our team to confirm the trip price for your group.

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    Itinerary

    Day 1 – Arrive in Eryri (Snowdonia) Read More

    Day 1

    Arrive in Eryri (Snowdonia)

    Take your time and enjoy the drive along beautiful country lanes and amidst stunning mountain scenery before arriving at your destination of Porthmadog on the Cardigan Bay coast, your base for the next four nights. Settle in, then explore the village this afternoon. You’ll love this busy little harbour town which is home to quirky shops and inviting cafes. You might like to take a trip on the local steam railway that travels along the shore and through meadows and woodlands, or enjoy a walk along the estuary to the beautiful beach of Black Rock Sands which has amazing low tide caves and an abundance of rock pools. Check the tide times before you venture out.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 2 – Guided Hike Read More

    Day 2

    Guided Hike

    Your guide will meet you at your accommodation this morning to discuss options for your hike today, taking into account your own experience and interests. Stunning views, glacial lakes and exciting ridge walking awaits if you decide to head to the iconic Cader Idris. Known as Yr Wyddfa’s (Snowdon’s) twin, as they are both composed from the same rock, it is the highest peak in southern Eryri (Snowdonia), standing at 1,995ft/608m. The mountain tends to be much quieter than its better-known sister but the views from the top are spectacular and certainly make it worth the journey. For those looking for something a little gentler, you could enjoy a hike at Rhiw, which offers stunning views across to the 3 mile wide bay known as Porth Neigwl, or Hell’s Mouth, so called because of the danger to sailors during a storm. This walk meanders through small fields and quiet country lanes and passes through the woods of Plas yn Rhiw, an old manor house now owned by the National Trust. Keep an eye out for cairns and the evidence of roundhouses and other prehistoric remains.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 3 – Guided Mountain Biking Read More

    Day 3

    Guided Mountain Biking

    This area of Wales is well known for its exhilarating mountain bike trails, and there is nowhere better than Coed-y-Brenin, the UK’s largest dedicated mountain biking park with miles of single track winding their way through the forests. All abilities are catered for, from complete novices to the highly experienced. After an initial bike set up, you will enjoy a wonderful day zipping through the forest and learning some new skills from your guide on the way. Spend as long as you like enjoying the beautiful forest surroundings before heading back to Porthmadog for the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 4 – Free Day to Explore Read More

    Day 4

    Free Day to Explore

    After an energetic couple of days, you may wish to explore the local area at a more leisurely pace. You could spend the day in the totally unique village of Portmeirion, designed by Sir Clough William-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. You could be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into a charming Italian village, influenced as he was by the Italian style of architecture, even including a stunning central Piazza. He also wanted to demonstrate how such a stunningly beautiful coastal site could be developed without spoiling it. It’s a good idea to take a tour of the village before venturing down to the beach, then stopping off to admire the Japanese garden complete with a pagoda and a lake covered with lily pads. Another option is to enjoy a wonderful drive through the heart of Eryri (Snowdonia) to Llanberis, a beautiful small town nestled at the foot of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). From here you can take the mountain rail to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales, a fantastic way of enjoying the splendid views without the effort! Choose to walk down the good path or return by train and head to the fascinating National Slate Museum – held in a former Victorian workshop – to discover the history of the area and watch live demonstrations.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 5 – Explore and Depart Read More

    Day 5

    Explore and Depart

    After a relaxed breakfast and before heading for home, you may wish to enjoy a visit to the ruins of Criccieth Castle. This early 13th century coastal castle was captured by King Edward I in 1283 during the invasion of North Wales. It was used as a prison until 1404 when Welsh forces re-took the castle, tearing down the walls and torching the towers. Some of the stone still bears scorch marks. Once painted by JMW Turner, it stands on its own rocky headland between two sweeping beaches with panoramic views over the whole of Cardigan Bay. After lunch, depart for home or extend your trip by adding one or more of the additional activities on offer. You may also want to link this trip with one of our other Self-Drive Collection itineraries for a longer adventure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Optional Extra – Guided Hiking Read More

    Optional

    Guided Hiking

    Enjoy another day with your expert hiking guide exploring a route tailored to your group. A walk to the hanging valley of Cwm Idwal would be a great choice. Sculpted by ice, a bowl shaped lake filled with clear glacier water remains. This area is home to unique rock formations and rare fragile plants.

    Optional Extra – Zip Line Eryri (Snowdonia) Read More

    Optional

    Zip Line Eryri (Snowdonia)

    For those wanting the adrenaline rush, spend the day at Zip World. Enjoy the thrill of flying through the air at over 160kmph/100mph, or head to the Slate Caverns and traverse through the belly of the mountain bouncing on trampolines suspended within the caves.

    Optional Extra – Pottery Class Read More

    Optional

    Pottery Class

    Enjoy a morning trying out the art of pottery throwing. Get your hands wet and create your very own pot. Learn how to use the wheel and sculpt shapes all under the guidance of an experienced potter.

    Optional Extra – Extension to Aberdyfi Read More

    Optional

    Extension to Aberdyfi

    Want to extend your time in Wales? After spending time in the northern part of Eryri (Snowdonia), transfer south to the coastal village of Aberdyfi and spend a couple of days being pampered in the spa or walking along the beach. Enjoy sitting with a drink overlooking the harbour watching the sun go down or dine on local seafood in one of the many delicious eateries this very special place has to offer. Enjoy a round of golf at the 18-hole Championship golf course or a ride on a Victorian narrow gauge steam-operated railway where you can take to the footplate and experience the scenery from the driver’s seat.

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    Accommodation Read More

    You will be based in Eryri (Snowdonia) at one of our excellent, hand-picked accommodation partners. The accommodation on this trip will generally be in a small hotel or guest house. However, if you would like to upgrade the accommodation on this trip to deluxe or 5* luxury please get in touch.

    Single Rooms

    Single occupancy rooms are available for a small supplement. Please get in touch with the team to book.

    Meals Read More

    At all stages of your trip you will be able to enjoy delicious meals prepared from superb local ingredients.

    Breakfasts are included at your accommodation. Packed lunches are not included in the trip, but will be available from your hotel if requested the night before or a local cafe/ deli. Your guide can help make local restaurant suggestions.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast each day
    • 2 days of privately guided days, led by an expert Wilderness England including bike hire
    • Personalised trip design and delivery
    • Expert local suggestions for restaurants and activities
    • Detailed trip itinerary and map
    • Pre-trip care and 24 hour in country support from the Wilderness team
    Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More
    • This trip starts in Porthmadog
    • This is a self drive holiday – you can bring your own car or we can recommend car hire companies.
    Bike Hire / Bring Your Own Bike Read More
    Bike Hire

    We have an excellent fleet of bikes available to hire – including road bikes, hybrid bikes and E-bikes.
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    Bring Your Own Bike

    You are also more than welcome to bring your own bike.

    If you choose to do so, please ensure it’s in excellent working condition and has been recently serviced – either by you or by a reputable bike shop.

    In addition, please bring the following:

    • Multi-tool, including a chain tool
    • Mini pump and/or CO2 canisters
    • Two spare tubes and a puncture repair kit

    Because we will need to load your bike onto one of our trailers, please ensure that:

    • Your rear wheel is clear of any obstructions; including lights, mudguard or panniers
    • Your tyres are no wider than 45mm

    Due to the nature of our trips, we are unfortunately unable to carry bike boxes or bags with us, so please make prior arrangements if necessary.

    If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and knowledgable sales team are always delighted to answer any queries you may have.

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    Bridget Brown

    Our friendly office team hail from across the world but share a passion for the outdoor and wild spaces of Britain & Ireland. We are committed to providing you with the best customer service and are more than happy to chat through options and provide help and advice. Get in touch to find your perfect adventure.

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    Our holidays reviewed
    in your own words

    I selected this tour because it provided the opportunity to combine a holiday in Scotland with an opportunity to also explore the Yorkshire Dales and Lakes. It was a very well designed tour, providing a good variety of landscapes and walking challenges. Staying two or more nights in each area allowed us to adjust the walking itinerary to allow for the changing weather conditions. Our guide Dave, the accommodation, food and additional touring experiences all combined to provide a wonderful experience. Cant wait to come back!

    Katharine Tighe
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
    Reviewed on 09/10/2018

    Rated 4.95 out of 5 based on 1,071 reviews

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