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Walking and Hiking in Snowdonia - Snowdonia Walking Accommodation

Walking and Hiking in Snowdonia

Our log cabin holiday accommodation is located in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park. The park's mountains stretch for nearly 50 miles north to south and 25 miles east to west and with a stunning coastline as well, there are countless walking and hiking options.

With the such a large area of mountains and coast on our doorstep, we cannot possibly cover all options on this page. There are nonetheless walks suitable for all fitness levels ranging from high energy mountain walks through to low level strolls along the coast or through forests. Information on walks in the area can be obtained in our village reception, where we also sell walking guides and OS maps. Additionally the Ramblers association organises local group walks and for guided mountain walks check out the Adventure Companies listed on our Adventure Activities page.

Mountain Walks


Snowdon itself is the prime destination for many when they visit Snowdonia and it is approx 30 miles/50 mins drive from our holiday village. The most popular routes to the summit are the Llanberis Path, being the longest route and the Pyg and Miner’s tracks. Visit Snowdonia National Park's website for more information.

The Rhinogs

The Rhinog Mountains are much closer and in fact, our holiday village looks across to them. They offer just over 12 miles of hills and mountains that are not crossed by road, helping to keep a feeling of remoteness. In the northern section Moel Ysgyfarnogod has fantastic views to the mountains further north, whilst the central peaks, Rhinog Fawr and Rhinog Fach, have routes across the dramatic ridgeline and roman steps.

Cadair Idris and Cnicht

Cadair Idris and Cnicht, the Welsh Matterhorn are both about 20 minutes from our accommodation. The 12km ridge around Cadair Idris, the Cym Cau circuit, is very rewarding as it takes in the peaks of Mynydd Pencoed, Pen Y Gadair (Cadair Idris) and Mynydd Moel. The more difficult route from the south is the Minnfordd path and from the north there are several options, the most common being the Pony Path. Cnicht is just 12 miles away, has stunning 360 views and has recently featured on BBC's Weatherman Walking.

Low Level Walks

There are numerous easy and moderate level walks recommended by the National Park. Additionally you can now walk the entire length of the Wales Coast Path and their website offers free maps to print off, Region C covers our area. Some walks relatively close to our holiday village are:

Coed y Brenin Goldmines and Waterfalls walk

The Goldmines and waterfalls walk in Coed y Brenin passes great waterfalls and relics of gold mining works. It is a moderate walk on forest tracks with a relatively easy gradient and only one short climb after leaving the waterfalls. no steps or stiles and resting places every 300m and so is a good walk for all the family including those with pushchairs. There are plenty of other walks in Coed y Brenin ranging from easy to difficult.

Borth y Gest & Moel y Gest

Just outside of Porthmadog there is the stunning sandy coastline that runs from Borth y Gest along to Black Rock Sands at Morfa Bychan. There is a lovely low level walk along the coast between the two villages with several opportunities to drop down onto one of the small sandy bays for a paddle. If you are feeling a little more energetic, then the walk up Moel y Gest is well worth the effort for the stunning views that span from the Llyn Peninsula, down the coast past Harlech, across to the Rhinog Mountains and then over Tremadog village towards Cnicht and the Moelwyns.

The Mawddach trail

The Mawddach trail follows the estuary running along the disused railway track from Dolgellau to Morfa Mawddach and beyond to the sea at Barmouth. The route is 9 miles long and offers beautiful views of the estuary and Barmouth Bridge and is accessible with a pushchair.

Precipice Walk

The Precipice Walk is 3 miles long and follows a private walk over a beautiful stretch of the Nannau estate near to Dolgellau. It offers fantastic views down the Mawddach Estuary and the main snowdonian mountains. There is very little climbing or descending except for the odd stile so is ideal for the family.

Panorama Walk

The Panorama Walk is close to Dolgellau and has great views from the summit looking down the whole length of the Mawddach Estuary with the Cadair range of mountains beyond to the south. See the BBC's Weather Man Walking programme and pictures about this walk.

Tomen y Mur

Tomen y Mur is a 3 hr circular walk from Trawsfynydd Village to the archaeological site of Tomen y Mur and down to the shores of Trawsfynydd Lake. There are some steep parts so a little stamina is needed and some parts can be wet.

The Branwen walk

The Branwen walk is a 2 mile walk which takes in Harlech town, the castle, the Dunes and the seaside, so can be combined with a visit to the castle or some time on the beach.

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Beach, Snowdon, Rhinog and Precipice Images: © Crown copyright Visit Wales

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