Snowdonia Adventure Guide

Snowdonia is a popular destination for adventure sport enthusiasts. It’s dramatic mountainous landscape is perfect for walkers, climbers and mountain bikers.

Snowdon has range of routes to the summit ranging from well defined footpaths to exposed ridges, it’s climbed by over 300,00 people every year making it the most popular mountain in the UK.

It’s fast becoming a hub for adventure sports enthusiasts with numerous mountain bike parks and trails. Zipworld and recently opened Surf Snowdonia are bringing people to the area in droves. The nearby Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey have some great surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing spots.

Adventure Highlights

  1. Snowdon Horseshoe One of the best ridge walks in the UK
  2. Tryfan Our favorite mountain in the UK
  3. Spiral staircase Classic V Diff. rock climb in atmospheric Llanberis pass
  4. Mountain biking at Coed Y Brenin, one of the best locations in the UK
  5. Whitewater Rafting and Canoeing on Lake Bala

Classic mountains

  1. Snowdon There are 6 main routes up the highest mountain in Wales
  2. Tryfan and Glyders Classic circular scrambling route
  3. Carneddau from Llyn Ogwen
  4. Cadair Idris the Minffordd path has stunning views
  5. Nantlle ridge one of the finest ridge walks in Snowdonia

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Classic challenges

  1. Welsh 3000’s 14 peaks in 24 hours
  2. Snowdon marathon and Snowdon Race
  3. Snowdon Etape sportive 47 to 226 miles

Mountain Biking

North Wales is fantastic for Mountain Biking with top class bike parks and fantastic singletrack

  1. Snowdon via the ranger track. Technical and challenging
  2. Coed Y Brenin The original and still the best, a network of fantastic handbuilt all weather singletrack
  3. Llandegla Mountain bike trails for all abilities
  4. Antur Stiniog Some of the best downhill biking trails in Wales with an uplift service
  5. Penmachno and Marin trails at Betws Y Coed, over 55 km of singletrack

Cycling

  1. Snowdon circuit Circular route around Snowdon with breathtaking scenery
  2. Bwlch Y Groes The Mt Ventoux of Wales?
  3. Sustrans North Wales Coastal route

Canoeing

  1. Lake Bala Circular tour of Lake Bala, 7 miles
  2. River Dee Horseshoe Falls to Llangollen Town weir
  3. Sea Kayaking Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey

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Family Activities

  1. Cycle Mawddach trail along a disused railway
  2. Zipworld Titan and Bounce Below
  3. White water rafting at Bala
  4. Caernarveon, Harlech, Beaumaris Castles
  5. Festiniog and Highland Railways

Best short walks

  1. Aber Falls,  Abergwyngregyn. One of Wales’s highest and prettiest waterfalls
  2. Llyn Elsi, Betwys Y Coed. Great picnic spot
  3. Mawddach Trail One of the best trails in Britain, for cyclists and walkers
  4. Swallow falls the highest continuous waterfall in Wales
  5. Llyn Idwal Popular walk with terrific mountain views

Rainy day exploring

  1. Beacon 17m climbing wall and multiple bouldering areas
  2. Go Below Zipwires, abseils and exploring underground
  3. Gorge walking Great selection to choose from
  4. Bounce below Giant underground trampoline
  5. Llechwedd slate caverns or Beddgelert Copper mine

Activity centers

Pubs & Cafes

  1. Pete’s Eats The best cafe in the UK?
  2. Pen-Y-Gwyd Traditional and historic mountaineer’s hotel and pub
  3. Cwellyn Arms At the foot of Snowdon

Bunkhouses and Campsites

  1. Bunkhouses around Capel Curig
  2. Bunkr has selection of hostels and bunkhouses
  3. Cwellyn Arms Bunkhouse
  4. Jesse James Bunkhouse
  5. Coolcamping sites Snowdonia

North Wales links

Walking and Mountains

 

Snowdonia Adventure guide map

North Wales adventure map