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Wales The Mountains to The Sea – 8 Day – Self Guided
Wales | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 8 Days | £589
Based in 2 welsh villages of Beddgelert and Aberdaron. This 8 Day Self-Guided Tour allows you to explore the heights and dazzling scenery of Snowdonia in the North of Wales to the rugged coastline of Pembrokeshire in the North-West of Wales. This tour also allows you to explore the culture, language and wildlife of the proud Celtic nation of Wales.
Tour Pricing & Dates
8 Day Tour – £589 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£210
Tour Dates – Available March to October
Tour Grade – Moderate to Easy
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
Day 1 Travel to Beddgelert
Travel by public transport or by car to your first accommodation in Beddgelert. After settling in you could spend the afternoon/evening exploring this wonderful little village.
Day 2 Circular Beddgelert
Your first walk will be a fantastic introduction to the Welsh countryside. From the village you take a small road passing beautiful old style cottages and the Sygun Copper Mine, one of the wonders of Wales. From there the trail takes you to lake ‘Llyn Dinas’ and over the shoulder of ‘Mynydd Llyndy’ where you have superb views in all directions. Through an area of moor lands and a series of natural woodlands to lead you into the peaceful hamlet of Nantmor and back to Beddgelert via the fisherman’s trail. Distance: 13 km, Ascent 220 m Approximate walking time: 3,5 hrs
Day 3 Snowdonia
Your next walk takes you to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales (1085 meters). From Beddgelert you take public transport for the short distance to the start of the trail at ‘Pen-y-Pass’, a mountain road built in the 1830’s to carry ore from the mines on Snowdon mountain to the nearby town of Llanberis. Your trail leads you along one of these old miner’s tracks, called the Pyg Track to the summit of Snowdon You have a couple of options to descend of the mountain, by either taking the miner’s track back to Pen-y-Pass or following the train track down to Llanberis. Public transport back to Beddgelert Distance: 11 km, Ascent 725 m Approximate walking time: 4 hrs
Day 4 Betws-Y-Coed to Ty-Hyll
Once more you take public transport to the start of your walk, this time in the colourful town of Betws-y-Coed. Situated in a wonderful setting, surrounded by dense woodlands and magnificent countryside. A small forest trail will lead you up to the Llyn Elsi Reservoir, build in. The trail continues via an old Roman Road that takes you across the ‘Miner’s Bridge’ and on to the Swallow Falls. These falls are considered to be one of the loveliest spots of North Wales. Here the river Llugwy rushes down from the mountains. Crags and jagged rocks divide the stream into a number of foaming cascades. Your day ends at Ty Hyll, the Ugly House, now the offices of the local National Trust. Public transport back to Beddgelert. Distance: 13 km, Ascent: 360 m Approximate walking time: 4 hrs
Day 5 Bryncroes to Aberdaron
A taxi transfer today from Beddgelert to the small hamlet of Bryncroes for the start of your walk. A very mixed and varied walk today, taking you through open farmlands, mixed woodland, over small hills, along some very quiet country roads on your way to Aberdaron. Mynydd Rhiw is the high point of the day at 304mtrs and from the top you will be rewarded with sweeping views of both land and sea. Distance: 16 km, Ascent: 365 m Approximate walking time: 4,5 hrs
Day 6 Bardsey Island
Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) lies across the Sound about 3km off the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula. It is 2.5km in length and, at its widest point and just over 1km across. The mountain, Mynydd Enlli, rises to a height of 167m. It covers an area of 180 hectares, most of which is farmed. 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, and other unusual animals live on the island’s mountain and grasslands. To get to the island you will take a small ferry from just outside Aberdaron for the 15 minute crosing. Distance: 12 km, Ascent: 160 m Approximate walking time: 3,5 hrs
Day 7 Overnight Aberdaron
This is one of the most spectacular coastal walks to be found anywhere in the British Isles. It is made up of costal paths, open countryside; moor lands, peace and tranquillity. The trail take’s you in a clockwise direction around the headland of the Llyn Peninsula, up to the top of Mynydd Mawr. You will 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 will also have great views over Bardsey Island.
Day 8 Depart
You will depart Aberdaron by public transport or car after a good Welsh breakfast.
✓ 7 nights B&B
✓ All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
✓ Luggage transfers while you walk with a small day pack
✓ Maps and All Route Notes
✓ Details of restaurants and places of interest along the way
✓ All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
✓ Full back up service should you require it while on our tour
X Ferry to and from Bardsey Island