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Hiking in Wales – 13 Days

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Watch for 2018 tour dates released in September!   TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT Shimmering lakes and the magnificent peaks of Snowdonia give way to a scenic valley of pretty slate villages. Experience the landscape by foot as you spend seven nights at Craflwyn Hall, a residence on the…

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Watch for 2018 tour dates released in September!

 

TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT

Shimmering lakes and the magnificent peaks of Snowdonia give way to a scenic valley of pretty slate villages. Experience the landscape by foot as you spend seven nights at Craflwyn Hall, a residence on the edge of Beddgelert village. Discover the best of this area during five days of guided hiking, with the local mountains within easy reach and superb walks right at your doorstep. Then, continue south and spend three nights at the charming Nythfa House, located on the edge of the market town of Brecon. Enjoy two more days of guided hiking in the famous Brecon Beacons. Here you will find some of the finest scenery in south Wales. Discover a world of waterfalls, superb mountain walks and gentle riverside strolls. Each hiking day, you can choose between three guided walks (easy, medium and hard).

 

 

Price Includes

Return airfare from Toronto, motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 11 dinners, all highlights, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.

 

Highlights

• 5 days of guided hiking in North Wales
• Bodnant Gardens
• Portmeirion Village
• Harlech Castle
• Red Kite Feeding
• 2 days of guided hiking in Brecon Beacons
• Salisbury Cathedral
• Stonehenge

 

Accommodation

Gwynedd: Crawflyn Hall  (7 nights)
Brecon Beacons: Nythfa House (3 nights)
Gatwick: Hilton Gatwick Airport (1 night)

 

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Hiking in Wales – 13 Days

Day 1-2: Fly to Manchester, Chester, Bodnant Gardens, Snowdon Wales

Fly overnight to Manchester and make your way to Chester. Known for its extensive, well-preserved walls made of local red sandstone, enjoy a few hours for shopping and lunch before heading onto Bodnant Gardens. This world-famous garden features sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland. Depart for Snowdon mid-afternoon and settle into your hotel for the next seven nights.

Stay: Crawflwyn Hall, Gwynedd
Nights: 7
Meals: D

Day 3: Hike Moel Siabod and Betws-Y-Coed

The spectacular Swallow Falls are an impressive highlight on our easier hike. Meanwhile our medium and harder hikes offer two different routes to the summit of the much loved mountain of Moel Siabod.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Hike Llanberis and the Surrounding Areas

These walks centre around the small town of Llanberis which sits at the base of Snowdon. Enjoy hikes beside the lake, or head onto the mountain itself.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Free day

Enjoy a free day to explore independently or relax for the day at the hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Hike the Coast and Mountains

Our easier and medium hikes have a complete change of scenery by heading to the coast between Criccieth and Porthmadog. For those who prefer the mountains, our harder hike ascends the nearby summit of Moel Hebog.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Hike the Lakes and Mountains around the Ogwen Valley

Hike amongst Snowdonia’s highest peaks in the Ogwen Valley

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Hike the Ridges around Rhyd Ddu

Our easier and medium hikes focus on Snowdon – either hiking on the lower slopes, or following the Rhyd Ddu path to the summit. Meanwhile the harder hikes follows the outstanding Nantlle Ridge.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Portmerion Village, Harlech Castle, Red Kite Feeding, Brecon Beacons

After breakfast, depart for Portmeriion and enjoy a guided tour of the village. Portmeirion is one of Wales’ premier attractions, surrounded by 70 acres of exotic woodlands and miles of coastal walks. Next we visit Harlech Castle, one of the most threatening castles in Wales. When you witness Harlech for yourself, you can’t help but be amazed at the sheer height and thickness of the castle walls. Whereas other castles may have been built for looks, there can be no mistaking the fact that Harlech is a strapping, military beast. After lunch we visit Red Kit Feeing Station, a place where bird lovers can witness Red Kites, Buzzards and other birds feeding. Late afternoon, we arrive in Brecon Beacons where we will enjoy dinner with fellow travellers and settle into our hotel for the next three nights.

Stay: Nythfa House, Brecon Beacons
Nights: 3
Meals: B, D

Day 10: Hike around Crickhowell

Explore the green valley of the River Usk. Enjoy an easier hike to medieval Tretower Court, or ascend to the shapely summits of Sugar Loaf or Table Mountain to gaze down on this enchanting rural scene.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Hike the Waterfall Country

The waterfalls of the Hepste and Mellte Valleys are truly spectacular – particularly after a period of heavy rain. Our choice of hikes visit a series of these mighty cascades, including Sgwd yr Eira where you can walk behind the torrent.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Gatwick

After breakfast we depart for Salisbury Cathedral, a leading example of early English architecture. After a self guided tour we will make our way to Stonehenge, one of the best-known prehistoric monuments in Europe. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with plenty of free time to roam this ancient landscape. Late afternoon, we will make our way to Gatwick where guests will enjoy a final dinner at the hotel.

Stay: Hilton Gatwick Airport, Gatwick
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 13: Fly home from Gatwick

After breakfast at the hotel, your coach will deliver you to Gatwick Airport for your return flight home.

Meals: B

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DAY 3: Moel Siabod and Betws-Y-Coed

EASIER HIKE
6½ miles (10.5km) with 900 feet (260m) of ascent
Betws-y-Coed is a honeypot for a good reason, and this hike shows you why. Hiking through Gwydyr Forest to Llyn Parc and Llyn Y Sarnau, we circle back to reach the lovely Swallow Falls, and return by the River Llugwy.

MEDIUM HIKE
5½ miles (8.5km) with 2,300 feet (700m) of ascent
Starting at Pont Cyfyng, we go direct for the top of Moel Siabod, the favourite Welsh mountain for many people. Its 360º views are unparalleled. We descend to the National Mountain Centre Plas Y Brenin, and finish at the Pinnacle Café in Capel Curig.

HARDER HIKE
8 miles (13km) with 2,650 feet (820m) of ascent
A circular route from Capel Curig, ascending Moel Siabod via Pont Cyfyng, Llyn y Foel and the Daear Ddu ridge, giving us the best views of Moel Siabod, as well as the rewards of seeing Snowdonia laid out for us from the summit. We descend to Plas Y Brenin, and the Pinnacle Café in Capel Curig.


DAY 4: Llanberis and the Surrounding Areas

EASIER HIKE
6 miles (10km) with 950 feet (280m) of ascent
We walk around Llyn Padarn from Llanberis, enjoying the Padarn Country Park, old quarry hospital and slate museum (free entry).You have lots of time to enjoy the wealth of historic and scenic interest.

MEDIUM HIKE
8 miles (13km) with 2,500 feet (760m) of ascent
Moel Eilio stands proud at the end of one of the massive ridges leading up to Snowdon and gives us an impressive top to reach, with superb views out to sea. We leave Llanberis by road, track and disused quarries, top Moel Eilio and hike the ridge to Bwlch Maesgwm before returning to the start.

HARDER HIKE
9 miles (14.5km) with 3,200 feet (980m) of ascent
We reach the summit of Snowdon from Pen y Pass, then descend the superb and less busy south ridge to join the Watkin Path by its waterfalls, then hike all the way back on “the new path” to Craflywn.


DAY 6: Coast and Mountains

EASIER HIKE
6½ miles (11km) with 450 feet (140m) of ascent
From the picturesque town of Criccieth with its imposing castle we follow the coast to the popular holiday beach of Black Rock Sands and Morfa Bychan before following the Dwyryd estuary to the gorgeous little harbour of Borth y Gest and on to Porthmadog.

MEDIUM HIKE
9 miles (15km) with 1,300 feet (400m) ascent
From the same starting point as the easier hike at Criccieth, we follow the same route to Morfa Bychan, where we then head inland to the hill of Moel y Gest with a panoramic viewpoint, and remains of an iron age hillfort before dropping down to Porthmadog with all facilities and iconic little railway.

HARDER HIKE
10 miles (16km) with 3,250 feet (980m) of ascent
A circular hike from Craflwyn Hall to the lovely peaks that dominate Beddgelert. First we ascend Moel Hebog, to start a classic horseshoe which finishes on Moel Lefn. We return through Beddgelert forest beside the Welsh Highland Railway.


DAY 7: Lakes and Mountains around the Ogwen Valley

EASIER HIKE
7½ miles (12km) with 1,350 feet (400m) of ascent
Walking from Capel Curig over moorland on a good path we pass through Cwm Glas Crafnant National Nature Reserve containing orchids, to reach Llyn Crafnant, then on to Llyn Geirionydd before proceeding to Trefriw with its woollen mill.

MEDIUM HIKE
7½ miles (11.5km) with 2,850 feet (880m) of ascent
East of Llyn Ogwen, we ascend Afor Lloer to the ridge of Pen yr Ole Wen, with its short but not too difficult scramble, to reach the summit. We continue over Carnedd Dafydd and the famous Black Ladders to decend by Craig Llugwy to the intake wall, back to Afon Lloer, completing the circle.

HARDER HIKE
7 miles (11km) with 2,900 feet (900m) of ascent
Ogwen Cottage is our start with its new visitor centre. We make our way around Llyn Idwal to ascend the path by the famous Devils Kitchen to Llyn Cwn [Lake of Dogs.] Here we turn North to ascend Y Garn with the best views of two valleys then on to Foel Goch [the Red Hill] to decend and contour back to Llyn Idwal via the Mushroom Garden on a little used path.


DAY 8: Ridges around Rhyd Ddu

EASIER HIKE
7½ miles (12km) with 1,500 feet (460m) of ascent
A linear hike today, starting from Rhyd Ddu ascending on a good quarry track and one of the main pathways up Snowdon. We soon reach Bwlch Cwm Llan before decending to join the Watkin Path to Nantgwynant and a lakeside hike to finish back at Craflwyn.

MEDIUM HIKE
7½ miles (12.5km) with 3,100 feet (940m) of ascent
Ascend to the summit of Snowdon via the Snowdon Ranger Path. The Snowdon Ranger youth hostel overlooking Llyn Cwellyn is our start, to initially zigzag our way on one of the main paths up Snowdon over the Black Crag or Clogwyn Du’r Arddu to reach the summit of our highest mountain. After exploring the summit complex we descend Bwlch Main [the narrow ridge] and Llechog overlooking the cliffs below us and complete the walk on the Rhyd Ddu path to the village of the same name and the real ale of the Cwellyn Arms!

HARDER HIKE
7 miles (11km) with 3,000 feet (920m) of ascent
The Nantlle Ridge is a must-do for more adventurous walkers: a true British ‘classic’ ridge with some exposure but with rewards to match. From Rhyd Ddu we ascend steeply up to Y Garn, then follow the ridge round to Trum Y Ddysgl; we then take a satisfying spur south down to Bwlch-y-Ddwy-Elor and a forest track back to the start.


DAY 10: Around Crickhowell

EASIER HIKE
6½ miles (10km) with 900 feet (280m) of ascent
We hike from north of Cwmdu to Tretower, with its renowned medieval court and castle. Then we follow a contouring path across farmland leading to the wooded Cwmbeth Brook Valley and Crickhowell.

MEDIUM HIKE
8½ miles (14km) with 2,050 feet (640m) of ascent
From near Glangrwyney the hike ascends up onto Sugar Loaf, then along the ridge and down into the beautiful Grwyne Fawr valley to Llangenny, and then into Crickhowell.

HARDER HIKE
12½ miles (20.5km) with 2,600 feet (780m) of ascent
From Pengenffordd we pass Castell Dinas, the remains of a 12th century castle, before ascending Y Grib ridge on to the Black Mountains plateau and on to the summit of Waun Fach – our high point of the day. We descend onto Table Mountain to finish in Crickhowell.


DAY 11: Waterfall Country

EASIER HIKE
6½ miles (10.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent
Starting near Ystradfellte we follow parts of the Mellte, Nedd Fechan and Pyrddin rivers with their picturesque waterfalls, finishing along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village.

MEDIUM HIKE
9 miles (14.5km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent
Entering the Afon Hepste gorge we have an exciting opportunity to hike behind the Sgwd yr Eira waterfall before viewing the cave at Porth yr Ogof. From Nedd Fechan we follow the same route as the easier hike.

HARDER HIKE
14 miles (22.5km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent
This hike contours round towards Fan Frynych, joining the Beacons Way along the stunning ridge of Fan Dringarth and Fan Llia, then down into waterfall country along the Nedd Fechan to Pontneddfechan.

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