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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2016
Ask advice on planning to Cardiff, Brecon & Snowdon  (18 Answers)

Thanks to your advice. I still cannot figure it out how to plan my trip to these areas. Since I could spend about 4 days three nights to cover a trip including Cardiff, Brecon beacons national park, Snowdon mountain etc. Could some expert here give me some hints. Or I need more time if otherwise.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2016
Drive trip to Snowdonia national park  (9 Answers)

As we will visit Wale and stay in Cardiff coming June, anyone have experience could advise if it is possible to have day trip to Snowdonia National Park as I will drive. As I will drive and bring my child, any suggested itinerary?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 23, 2015
snowdon today  (2 Answers)

Hi again do you think it is safe to walk Snowdon today.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2014
Snowdon challenge May 2014  (7 Answers)

Hi there folks. Would first of all like to say I AM taking this very seriously, I will be fully prepared and fully kitted up. I have 4 weeks planning and getting mu kit together with 2 weeks left. I am going to attempt doing all 6 official ascents to the Summit of Snowdon. Starting May 19th to the 23rd 2014. I am physically ready but still training in preparation. The logistics of my kit took 2 weeks of planning and although some people think my kit may be over the top, I do not care as I will be prepared for almost any scenario. I have to do 2 routes on the same day and was planning to do the Snowdon ranger and the Rhyd Ddu path starting at 8am, straight up and down, of course depending on weather. Not doing this to prove a point, just set myself a personal challenge. My facebook page is Snowdonia challenge May 2014 absolute any advice is welcome or if you fancy joining me on any of the routes, please do shout up, thanks Steve

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2014
North Wales - Driving route - Tips  (2 Answers)

I am planning to take the driving route starting from Halkyn where I am staying on Day 1 and follow Llandudno, Conwy, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Bala Lake and Aberystwyth. I wanted to include Holyhead, but seem to be a long travel. Can anyone suggest what I can add or remove in my route? I will be travelling with 2 kids (aged 9 and 5) and will be interested in any short stop-over on the route. Aberystwyth will be stay place on Day 2.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2014
Good time to climb Snowdon?  (4 Answers)

I appreciate the fact that the weather can change drastically in this part of Wales but as a general observation, would April be a good time for the climb?

I apologize for asking a question that may have been repeatedely asked.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2013
equipment for walking snowdon  (5 Answers)

my wife and i would like to walk snowdon early next beginners what sort of equipmenr would you advise

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2010
Cottages in Snowdonia for May 1st & 2nd  (7 Answers)

Hello VT friends!

We are travelling this May 1st weekend to Snowdonia for 2 nights. 6 adult + 2 kids. Does anyone know a decent Cottage around? We checked on the internet, but guess we are now too late, all are full. :(
Please help


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2010
Snowdon by Train  (21 Answers)

Hi there,

We're trying to plan a trip in Summer, with the aim of walking up Snowdon, but can only travel by train and by foot - although possibly by bike if the trains allow it. The plan is to climb Snowdon, then move on to Scafell and then Ben Nevis by the end of the week... in theory at least.

What I'd like to know is where would be a good place to head for to pitch a tent that's fairly near to a train station, but also has relatively good access to the peak. We don't need an electricity hook-up, but sanitation is a definite plus. A view would be great as well as a few local attractions, but accessibility is the most important factor.

Any suggestions, anyone?

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2009
Help to choose what to see in Snowdonia in 3 days  (6 Answers)

Hi there.
We have a rough plan prepared for our trip to Snowdonia and need and advice to make sure we do not miss any 'must see/ be there'. We are mainly interested in nature - amazing views and great waterfalls and other wonders of nature (something of which there is plenty in Snowdonia), perhaps an old castle. We are certainly not that much interested in towns and villages and museums.

Short climbs can be managed but my friends by no means are hikers, so climbing any mountains out of question. If you think there is something really worth viewing that is missing from our list than please do say so (as this is the main reason for this post). It would be even better, as our plan is kind of full, if you could not only make a suggestion of what we are missing but also what we should drop from our list to make time for that new thing?. Actually I'm not quite sure if the list below isn't too tightly packed anyway and what with all the travelling around.

We plan to spend there 3 days and 2 nights. Will leave very early and get to our first attraction around 9 am. I have not yet checked if what we want to see can be fitted in that time but in rough order of our trip this is what we hope to see:

Pass of the Cross (off A470 at Dinas-Mawddwy),
Rhiwargor Waterfall (by Lake Vyrnwy or Llyn Efyrnwy)
Hirnant Pass (or through Cwm Cynllwyd and Bala Lake, depending on which rout we choose)
Betws-y-Coed (for Fairy Glen and Conwy Falls)
Swallow Falls
Lyn Ogwen (with short climb up Cwm Idwal, perhaps Llyn Bochlwyd and Ogwen falls)
then up A5 through Nant Ffrancon (Falcon Valley, right?)
if we have time than Caernarfon Castle
then down through Pass of Llanberis (and mountain railway up Snowdon)
Dolbadarn Castle
then down A498 to Pass of Aberglaslyn
then down A496 to Harlech Castle
Barmouth (for Panorama Walk or rather few glimpses)
Dolgellau (for Torrent Walk - ther is also apparently well worht seeing a route from Dolgellau to Arthog on B-roads)
and that would be about it

Any comments, suggestion would very welcome. Suggestions of which roads to take to reach our destinations so that to have the best views etc. are more than welcome. I know 3 days is not a lot but that's what we have and we are determined to make best of it. We did this kind of thing in Pembrokeshire last year and it did work - we had a glimpse of Pembrokshire magic that we marvel at to this day.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2007
A few questions about my first trip to Snowdonia...  (5 Answers)

Hi guys,

I'm planning visiting the area for the first time in early October this year. I have several questions I hope some of you can help me out with...

1. What are the hiking conditions like on Snowdon at that time of year?
2. I plan on climbing Snowdon via The Llanberis Path on one day and hiking in the area for my other days. Where would you recommend as a base? A nice village with B&B and pubs hopefully.
3. What would you recommend for my toher hike, not involving Snowdon but starting from the same base.
4. Any specific B&B to recommend in the suggested base area?

Many Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2006
public transport to snowdonia  (3 Answers)

Hi. I'm only just beginning to look into this but how close can you get to Mount Snowdon, and any nearby hostel / hotel to use as a base, on public transport? ie what's the nearest train station, then do I need to get a bus....? The internet has proved quite unhelpful so far.... Any help at all will be much appreciated...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2006
tips for a short trip  (1 Answer)

Hi everyone. I'll be visiting Snowdonia for a few days in August - on a quick break from London. I want to hike; I don't want to rent a car. So where should I stay? Ideally I'd take the train to Betws Y Coed or thereabouts. I'd like to hike around Snowdon, but hear that there's an area to the northeast of Snowdon that's actually supposed to be much nicer and less crowded (name escapes me? Glyer something, perhaps) I'm also open to suggestions for other destinations. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 25, 2006
Driving Holiday In the UK  (3 Answers)

Hi all
My wife and I are in the process of planning a driving holiday around the UK this coming summer. Our itinerary, at the moment is to leave Sussex where we live and drive to Wales and the Snowdonia National Park, spending a few days touring around the park before driving on to the Lake District, where we will spend another few days, and then driving onto the Yorkshire Dales, where we will spend another few days, before heading south and home, a total of about 12 to 14 days.
My question is, ?if you have been to any of the above locations, which routes would you recommend that give the most spectacular views and are there any little villages that you thought were out of this world and well worth a visit?.
Thank you for any help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2005
Urgent poll  (2 Answers)

My boyfriend Rob and I are leaving for Snowdonia tomorrow morning and we haven't yet decided which of the paths up Mount Snowdon we would like to take. We are using the trip as part of our training towards climing Mt Kilimanjaro in September, so we'd like a relatively challenging climb, but with no steep and dangerous cliff drops which might cause us to fall and possibly die, thereby never actually making it to Africa! We'd like the route to be interesting and varied in it's terrain, and we would also like to stay away from the crowds if that's going to be possible on bank holiday weekend. Can anyone recommend a route to the summit which will satisfy all our requirements?

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 22, 2005
Road by Watkins Path  (1 Answer)

While walking up the Watkins Path I noticed a type of road going up the side of the mountain, this is very steep in places and unsuitable for a vehicle. Anyone know what it is?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2004
travelling to snowdonia  (1 Answer)

hi there. Me and my friend want to go camping and walking in snowdonia around tryfan, however transportation is a problem. We can only go for four days. I live in Pembrokeshire so it's really not that far away from me, however we need to use public transport to get there. everytime i try looking it up on national express for coaches or the check rail timetables the shortest journeys i can find are 9 hours which is way to long. Does anyone know a quicker way of getting from Pembrokeshire (or near to there) to snowdonia? thanks nemo

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2004
A question about the rout on Snowdon  (6 Answers)

Have any one here tried the Horseshoes before? I did the Pyg and Miners tracks last fall and they were quite fun. I was told that the Horseshoes is a lot harder than those two but it is possible and save for climbers with no scrambling experience to tackle the Horseshoe in a fine weather? Many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 19, 2004
is the mountain railway worth it?? LLanberis Path  (5 Answers)

Hi, in a few weeks I'll be travelling in Wales.I was considering taking the mountain railway up Mount Snowdon. However, on their website I read that you have only 30 minutes on top and then have to take the train down.To me, that sounds like the "out of the bus, take a picture, back in the bus" tourgroups. What if I want stay up for more than 30 minutes? That doesn't seem to be possible. I also considered walking. The LLanberis Path is - according to guide books - "easy". Can anyone here tell me what "easy" means? I do a lot of walking and am reasonably fit, but I have problems when there is a sharp drop right next to a path.I once fell down a gorge and ever since I have problems with this.Is there any type of this during the course of the LLanberis path? I'd be very thankful if anyone here could answer these questions. Christine

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