Walking the Snowdonia Slate Trail

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Explore the unique slate heritage of North Wales

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  • Activity Level Moderate / Challenging
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 15
All about the Walking the Snowdonia Slate Trail.

Discover a lost world of Celtic rainforests, hidden waterfalls, deep river gorges and abandoned quarries on this 133km circular walking route through Snowdonia National Park. Opened in 2017, the Snowdonia Slate Trail winds through long-forgotten areas of the national park. Admire its famous peaks from hidden paths, rarely used since the quarry era ended, and enjoy its popular picturesque villages as you hike the highlights of this spectacular trail through time.

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What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts and 1 dinner included
* All accommodation
* Transport as listed in itinerary & luggage transfer throughout

  1. Day 1 Arrive at the hotel Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia National Park

    Our trip begins at the hotel in Betws-y-Coed, a small village in the Conwy Valley, known as the gateway to Snowdonia National Park. There will be a welcome briefing and group meal. Please arrive at Stables Lodge on time for your 6pm briefing.*Stables Lodge, Betws-y-Coed* *or similar*

  2. Day 2 Transport to Ogwen Cottage; walk back to Betws y Coed

    In the morning we take a transfer to the start point of our first walk at Ogwen Cottage. From here the Slate Trail descends gradually through the Ffrancon Valley. Walking through Gwydir Forest, we pass the Ugly House before reaching the famous Swallow Falls and eventually returning to our hotel in Betws.*Stables Lodge, Betws-y-Coed* *or similar*

  3. Day 3 Walk Betws y Coed to Penmachno; transport back to Betws y Coed

    We set off from the hotel, out along a woodland path and through the Fairy Glen.  The impressive Conwy Falls are a particular highlight and offer a chance to pause for lunch at the café bearing its name. We continue on through Penmachno Forest, finishing for the day in Penmachno Village, often described as a ‘hideaway’ thanks to its setting ringed by forests and hills. At the end of our walk, we transport back to Betws for a free evening.*Stables Lodge, Betws-y-Coed or similar*

  4. Day 4 Transport to Cwm Penmachno, walk to Llan Ffestiniog

    We take a transfer to Cwm (valley in Welsh) Penmachno to begin with an ascent through the old quarry workings. Today we pass through the wild (sometimes boggy) SSSI of Migneint to discover the hidden Cwm Cynfal Gorge and arrive in Llan Ffestiniog for the evening.*Gwesty Seren Hotel, Llan Ffestiniog* *or similar*

  5. Day 5 In the morning we take a transfer to Blaenau Ffestiniog

    In the morning we take a transfer to Blaenau Ffestiniog. We start our walk from there past Cwmorthin Lake to the remote Rhosydd Quarry. Continue to Croesor Quarry, dropping down the Croesor Valley and along the wild drover’s road. A spectacular riverside path leads us to the picturesque village of Beddgelert.*Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert* *or similar*

  6. Day 6 Transfer to Rhyd Ddu, walk to Waunfaur; transport back to Beddgelert

    In the morning we take a transfer to Rhyd Ddu. Heading through the forest and along the valley, we pass through the slate workings of Nantlle, across moorland and through woodland to reach the village of Waunfawr. This area, originally dominated by numerous small settlements and of course slate production, experienced inevitable decline following the end of slate production but is regaining an identity thanks not only to the walks in the area but also the arrival of the Welsh Highland Railway. From here we transfer back to Beddgelert.*Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert* *or similar*

  7. Day 7 Transfer to Waunfaur, walk to Llanberis, visit National Slate Museum at Dinorwic Quarry

    In the morning we drive back to Waunfawr to resume the trail, which intertwines here with the North Pilgrim’s Way. Footpaths and forest tracks lead us all the way to Llanberis, with its enviable lakeside location at the foot of Snowdon. A short final walk allows time to visit the National Slate Museum in Dinorwic Quarry. This is the perfect way to end the journey, having effectively put ‘faces to names’ of some of the key quarries and routes that for years defined and dominated the nature and culture of this part of Wales. *Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis* *or similar*

  8. Day 8 End Betws-y-Coed

    Following breakfast, we transport back to Betws-y-Coed and say our goodbyes.