You might be thinking when the ideal time to start thinking about your next walking break in Snowdonia will be. It’s today, that’s when! The year 2016 will see countless thousands of walking enthusiasts flock to the stunning Snowdonia National Park to take in the dramatic scenery, walk the hills and mountains, and reconnect with the great outdoors. The park is a walker’s paradise, offering hundreds of fantastic routes to meet everyone’s physical ability and taste.
Broadly speaking, walks in Snowdonia can be split into three categories. They are Accessible Walks, Leisure Walks and Mountain Walks. Below we’ve prepared an example of each one:
These are very short, gentle walks that just get you to various highlights in the area, such as the Benar Boardwalk in Harlech. This stroll is just 200m and takes you from Traeth Benar Car Park down to the beautiful beach. For those looking to be outdoors but not strained by the outdoors should look to Accessible Walks like this.
As their name suggests, these are for longer-distance walkers whose primary aim is to enjoy themselves and not necessarily push for the burn. One such walk is the Precipice Walk, Dolgellau. Don’t let the name fool you, it is hardly a hair-raising walk on the edge of an abyss! This moderate route covers about 3 miles and at a leisurely pace should take you a couple of hours (that is if you stop to take lots of pictures and enjoy some tea along the way!).
Once again, the clue is in the name. Snowdonia is full of great Mountain Walks designed to both (safely) challenge and excite you. Take the Pony Path, Ty Nant at Cadair Idris. This exciting 6-mile route is steep, and does require a good level of physical fitness, but will reward you with spectacular views all the way. We do advise caution in windy or wintry conditions.
Through the year you can also take part in various charity walking events, as well as the well-known Barmouth Walking Festival (but no announcement of this yet for 2016). For more of a challenge, how about looking at the Snowdon Trek? It will take you at least 6 hours to cover the 10 miles of upward walking bringing you to heights of 3,500 feet! Something to put in the calendar, perhaps.
Whatever you’re looking for, a walking holiday in Snowdonia will certainly bring you a lifetime of memories. Don’t forget that Barmouth Bay is your perfect base from which to enjoy the splendour of this national park. Check our 2016 accommodation deals and make your next UK trip with us today.