The long-distance option is one of our new routes for 2020 which challenges your endurance for walking, without having to reach the heights of the mountains in North Snowdonia. It’s a great way to challenge yourself whilst soaking up the sights of the valleys, woods and quaint welsh villages.
Each participant is required to pay an entry fee of £35 and we ask that you set yourself a minimum target of £250 to support vital prostate cancer research.
Every participant receives a t-shirt, snacks, water, route maps along with the support of designated safety marshals. Transport is provided to the start of each challenge. On top of that, you receive training and fundraising support from our events team.
This 30km tour of Snowdon will give you some amazing views of the Mountain and its surrounding valleys of Nant Peris, Nant Gwynant and Nant Colwyn. You will pass numerous llyns (Lakes), venture through ancient forests, pass locations where Hollywood movies have been shot and quaint, chocolate box villages and famous ice cream shops. What more could you ask for!
• Distance: 18.5 miles / 30 km
• Highest Point: 468m
• Time: 10+ hours
• Start Point: Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis
• Grid Ref: SH 583 597
Starting at the high mountain pass of Pen y Pass you will descend into Nant Gwynant, along the river and towards the first llyn. Passing beneath the cliffs, you will head up above the llyn and through a section of ancient woodland. At the far end of the llyn, you will cross through the National Trust arm of Hafod y Llan and move on to the first rest stop of the day – with toilets and snacks.
After the rest, you will head through the Snowdonia Shepherdess’ farm and, with Llyn Dinas on your right, you will move on to the picturesque village of Beddgelert and, after approximately 12km of walking, another well-earned rest stop.
From Beddgelert, you will walk towards the forest and your first glimpse of the Welsh Highland Railway. Winding your way through the forest, along good tracks, you will be able to see the western flanks of Yr Aran and Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). After the forest, you will reach the final rest stop at Rhyd Ddu station. After fuelling up, you will head up to the high point of the day at 468m, Bwlch Maesgwm. The climb is spread over 3+km and is slow, steady and very achievable.
When you reach the bwlch it is all downhill from here, through Telegraph Valley and on to the Snowdon Café. From the café it is one more downhill section before you reach The Royal Victoria Hotel and the end of this walk.
For the full route description, please click here.