WELSH WALKING CO.

guided small group hiking

Secrets of snowdonia

Uncover the hidden treasures of snowdonia on an intimate small group walking tour

Snowdonia (or Eryri in Welsh) is Wales’ biggest and best know National Park and our signature small group walking tour is the best way to experience it in style.

Across six days, we’ll explore its breathtaking wild beauty, rich history and hidden gems, from World Heritage-listed castles to majestic peaks and captivating coastline.

The experience begins with a scenic drive from the Welsh borders to Southern Snowdonia. Here we’ll follow in the footsteps of Victorian slate miners, discover ruined fortresses and charming coastal villages.

It’s then onward to Harlech Castle, sitting loftily with views across the Irish Sea, and Portmeirion where you’ll be enchanted by a taste of Italy in Wales. 

Those with an adventurous spirit can take on the challenge of hiking to the summit of Snowdon, or kick back with some relaxation in your country house hotel.

From here, we’ll take you back to Shrewsbury where we’ll stop by a local vineyard and raise a glass to our six days well spent!

tour highlights

why choose secrets of snowdonia?

Trip length

6 days / 5 nights

The tour starts and finishes in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Meeting Point

Shrewsbury Train Station – 11.30 AM

Departure Point

Shrewsbury Train Station – 5PM

Available dates

19 May 2024 – 24 May 2024

7 July 2024 – 12 July 2024

group size

Maximum 8

fitness

Moderate

You’ll need a moderate level of fitness for this trip. We’ll be walking for up to 3 hours a day*

The terrain in Wales is hilly so expect undulating walks along country lanes, muddy footpaths and uneven terrain. There’ll be stiles to climb over and some sections may be steep (but the views will be worth it!).

We’ll make plenty of stops to rest and soak up the scenery. If you’re a regular walker you’ll be just fine.

*A good level of fitness is recommended to walk to the summit of Snowdon. The walk takes around 7 hours to complete. You’ll be accompanied by a local mountain guide who’ll ensure your safety and comfort.

Included

Not Included

Price

£2799 GBP | $3610 USD 

where you'll stay

Penmaenuchaf Hall, Dolgellau

2 Nights

Hotel Portmeirion

1 Night

Plas Dinas

2 Nights

Preview your Secrets of snowdonia Itinerary

Day One: A Warm Welsh Welcome

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We’ll meet in the charming market town of Shrewsbury before setting off on a scenic drive through the captivating Welsh countryside.

Along the way we’ll stop for a delicious picnic lunch featuring local produce before we reach Snowdonia National Park. Here we’ll set off on a gentle walk through an unspoilt, hidden area of southern Snowdonia that is steeped in history.

It’s a short drive to our charming hotel, where you can unwind and refresh before we meet for a glass of sparkling and a delicious dinner showcasing the best of Welsh flavours.

Day two: Secrets of Southern Snowdonia

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After a tasty Welsh breakfast we set off for a day filled with off the beaten path experiences.

First we venture into the underground world of Victorian slate miners in Corris. Explore the impressive underground caverns with your expert guide who’ll bring the mine’s history alive.

After a delightful coastal interlude for lunch in the charming seaside village of Aberdovey, we’ll walk through breathtaking countryside to Castell Y Bere, one of Wales’ most picturesque castles.  As we roam through its historic ruins, you’ll be transported back in time, discovering its significance in Welsh history.

We’ll end the day with a hearty dinner at a nearby local pub.

Day three: Captivating Coast & Castle

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Start your morning with an optional exhilarating walk, taking in stunning views of the Mawddach estuary.

Later in the morning we’ll journey north to explore the historic streets of Harlech, and its awe-inspiring castle.

From here it’s a short drive to the whimsical Italianate village of Portmeirion. As we’re spending the night here, you can enjoy the village’s magical charm without the daytime crowds. Wander through the enchanting gardens and colorful buildings, before enjoying a cheeky cocktail on the terrace and an exquisite dinner at the hotel.

Day Four: Steam Trains & Scenic Trails

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After a leisurely breakfast, we hop aboard the Welsh Heritage railway for a stunning train journey through Snowdonia’s hinterland. bound for the picturesque village of Beddgelert. Set in the heart of Snowdonia this idyllic village is full of character and rich in legend. There’ll be time to explore, enjoy a coffee and discover the tale of Gelert from which the village takes its name.

Later we’ll enjoy a pleasant and easy walk to Rhyd Ddu along way-marked paths and forest trails, with views of Snowdonia’s highest mountains as our backdrop.

A short drive from Rhyd Ddu takes us to an elegant country house with Royal connections – our luxurious base for the next two nights.

Day Five: conquer the peaks

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Our final day marks the most adventurous of your journey.

For those with an adventurer’s spirit a hike to the summit of majestic Snowdon awaits. Led by an experienced mountain guide you’ll take on the challenge of conquering Wales’ highest peak. The panoramic views from the top will leave you breathless in more ways than one!

Don’t worry though if a mountain hike isn’t for you. We have an alternative scenic walk up our sleeves featuring some great views across to Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).

As our day winds down, we’ll reunite at our hotel for a fabulous farewell dinner where we’ll toast to shared adventures and new found friends.

Day Six: A Fond farewell to wales

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This morning we’ve one last historic gem in store for you – the majestic Caernarfon Castle. Recognised as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages, today it remains one of the most complete and impressive castles in Britain. After exploring the castle, we’ll say our goodbyes to Wales and enjoy a scenic drive back to Shrewsbury.

FAQ's

Absolutely! Wales is renowned for its spectacular landscapes, including majestic mountains, rugged coastlines, and picturesque countryside. It offers a diverse range of walking routes to suit all levels of experience, making it an ideal destination for a walking holiday.

Wales is a hilly country and most of our walking routes will require a moderate level of fitness to fully enjoy the experience. 

The daily walking/hiking durations will vary. You can expect guided walks lasting around 2 to 3 hours, with ample time to soak in the scenery. If you wish to take part in the Snowdon walk we recommend a good level of fitness as the walk takes around 7 hours to complete. 

It’s always a good idea to consult your doctor before embarking on any physical activity, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions.

 

Wales does experience changeable weather, but that’s part of its charm and why its so green! We plan our walking holidays during spring, summer and autumn when the weather is generally more favourable for walking. However, it’s always a good idea to come prepared with appropriate clothing, including waterproof layers and sturdy footwear, to adapt to any weather conditions. Our pre-trip information will guide you on what to bring.

Yes, we understand the importance of balance. Our itinerary includes some walks that you can opt out of, allowing you to explore independently or simply unwind in the luxurious surroundings of the hotel.

We understand the importance of catering to dietary restrictions and food allergies. When booking your walking holiday, please let us know about any specific dietary requirements or allergies you have. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and ensure you have suitable meals during the trip.

Absolutely! Our walking holidays are designed for individuals as well as for couples and friends travelling together. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people who share a love for walking and we hope you’ll make new friends along the way.

We understand that plans can change unexpectedly. Please refer to our booking terms and conditions for information regarding cancellations and refunds. We strive to be as flexible as possible and will work with you to find a suitable solution.

The unique landscapes of Wales are perfect for walking enthusiasts. From dramatic mountains to breathtaking coastlines, Wales’s outstanding natural beauty is often an unexpected surprise to first time visitors. Additionally, Wales boasts a rich cultural heritage, fascinating history, warm hospitality, and fewer visitors than you’ll find in Scotland or Ireland – making it a memorable destination for your walking holiday.

Yes, you can book any of our walks as a private group, with up to 10 walkers. We can also create a custom walks for larger groups so please get in touch with our expert team so we can explain the best options for your group size and abilities.