Walk the Welsh Highland Railway

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A walk through Snowdonia, following ridges and riverside trails, culminating in summiting Snowdon.

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All about the Walk the Welsh Highland Railway.

This holiday highlights some of the best scenery the Snowdonia National Park has to offer, both on foot and by journeying on sections of the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway. You begin on the coast at Porthmadog, with your accommodation a short walk from the marina before heading into the Snowdonia National Park. The walks will take you through the idyllic natural beauty of the park, through woodland, along ridges and rivers, across moorland and beside lakes to end with the summit of Snowdon at 1,085m, the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. Routes are planned to combine walking with sections of travel on the Welsh Highland Railway (tickets included), allowing more distance to be covered. Your accommodation along the way is in a selection of carefully chosen Guest houses and hotels, with the last night in the Royal town of Caernarfon, known for its breath-taking medieval castle on the banks of the River Seiont.

  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Porthmadog

    On arrival in the coastal town of Porthmadog head out for a stroll around the marina before finding somewhere to eat near the guesthouse.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Porthmadog (Nantmor) to Beddgelert (14km/9mi)

    Take the short heritage rail journey to Nantmor from where you head, up and over, through ancient woodland and across the moor to beautiful Llyn Dinas. You follow the course of the river, passing the Sygun Copper mine on to the picturesque village of Beddgelert.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: At Beddgelert (9km/6mi)

    From the day you arrived you’ll have seen Moel Hebog rising above Beddgelert. Today you will enjoy a circular hike from the picturesque village and through the surrounding farmland before making an ascent towards the summit before it opens out onto a plateau. Enjoy a grassy descent down the other side, winding through Beddgelert forest before returning to the village.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Beddgelert to Rhyd Ddu (4km/2.5mi)

    Spend time this morning exploring the small shops and cafes in the village, before a gentle stroll via Gelert’s grave, the faithful hound to 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, to your next train station. Take the Heritage train to Rhyd Ddu and walk on to your overnight stop, the Cwellyn Arms.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: At Rhyd Ddu (9km/6mi)

    Today’s hike begins with a big climb but it’s worth the effort. Nantlle Ridge is a stunning ridge walk with views across the water to Anglesey and inland towards Snowdon: a sneak peak of what tomorrow has in store.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Snowdon (12km/7.5mi)

    The grand finale. Your final hike ascends the Rhyd Ddu path to Snowdons summit. Take time at the top to enjoy the 360 views before descending via the Rangers path, youll finish at the Snowdon Rangers station before taking the Heritage train on to your final destination, Caernarfon.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Depart after breakfast

    Explore the grand medieval town of Caernarfon, with its mighty castle, pretty harbour and views across the Menai Strait to Anglesey before departing.

Where you stay
Yr Hen Fecws
You’ll receive a warm welcome at the guesthouse, ideally located close to the main high street and the marina. Many of the traditional architectural features have been retained with exposed beams and stonework which are perfectly complimented by contemporary and tasteful decor and furnishings. The restaurant offers a good menu using locally sourced ingredients complimented by an extensive wine list.
Plas Tan y Graig
Plas Tan y Graig is a family run B+B Guest House in Beddgelert. There are five comfortable en-suite guest rooms, a cosy guest lounge and large private gardens overlooking Afon Colwyn, Moel Hebog and Aberglaslyn.
Cwellyn Arms
The Cwellyn Arms is a delightful pub at the foot of Snowdon. Bedrooms are light and cheerful with solid oak furniture, in-room Bosch Tassimo tea, coffee and hot chocolate making facilities and plasma smart television screens. The beautiful en-suite bathrooms have power showers, Cole and Lewis toiletries and soft and fluffy towels. A traditional Welsh breakfast is served in the spacious comfort of the rustic, warm and welcoming, 40 seater Restaurant with underfloor heating and log burning stove.
Celtic Royal Hotel
Dating back to the 18th century and frequented by Queen Victoria, the Celtic Royal Hotel is a historic hostelry in the centre of Caernarfon and just a 5 minute walk to the castle.
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