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Walk the Welsh Highland Railway

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    6 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    , and
  • Activity level
  • From $1379per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2021  
  • Departures
    Sundays from 25 Apr '21 to 24 Oct '21
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers using the Welsh Highland Railway (x3)
  • Headwater Navigation App
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, high peaks, lake & river routes

United Kingdom: Wales

Walk the Welsh Highland Railway

  • Peaks, ridges and lakes of the National Park of Snowdonia
  • Picturesque village of Beddgelert, and the grave of its legendary faithful dog
  • Coastal views across to Anglesey
  • Rail journeys on the Welsh Highland Railway

This holiday highlights some of the best scenery the Snowdonia National Park has to offer, both on foot and by journeying on sections of the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway.

You begin on the coast at Porthmadog, with your accommodation a short walk from the marina before heading into the Snowdonia National Park. The walks will take you through the idyllic natural beauty of the park, through woodland, along ridges and rivers, across moorland and beside lakes to end with the summit of Snowdon at 1,085m, the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. Routes are planned to combine walking with sections of travel on the Welsh Highland Railway (tickets included), allowing more distance to be covered.

Your accommodation along the way is in a selection of carefully chosen Guest houses and hotels, with the last night in the Royal town of Caernarfon, known for its breath-taking medieval castle on the banks of the River Seiont.



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Day-by-day itinerary

Walking information

The walking routes are on a mixture of footpaths, tracks and across farmland. Some scrambling is needed on the Day 3 and Day 5 walks. Walking boots are essential and walking poles recommended.




We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive in Porthmadog

On arrival in the coastal town of Porthmadog head out for a stroll around the marina before finding somewhere to eat near the guesthouse.
Stay overnight at Yr Hen Fecws Guesthouse (Breakfast included)

Day 2: Porthmadog (Nantmor) to Beddgelert (14km/9mi)

Take the short heritage rail journey to Nantmor from where you head, up and over, through ancient woodland and across the moor to beautiful Llyn Dinas. You follow the course of the river, passing the Sygun Copper mine on to the picturesque village of Beddgelert.
Stay overnight at Plas Tan y Graig B&B Guesthouse (Breakfast included)

Day 3: At Beddgelert (9km/6mi)

From the day you arrived you'll have seen Moel Hebog rising above Beddgelert. Today you will enjoy a circular hike from the picturesque village and through the surrounding farmland before making an ascent towards the summit before it opens out onto a plateau. Enjoy a grassy descent down the other side, winding through Beddgelert forest before returning to the village.
Stay overnight at Plas Tan y Graig B&B Guesthouse (Breakfast included)

Day 4: Beddgelert to Rhyd Ddu (4km/2.5mi)

Spend time this morning exploring the small shops and cafes in the village, before a gentle stroll via Gelert's grave, the faithful hound to 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, to your next train station. Take the Heritage train to Rhyd Ddu and walk on to your overnight stop, Ty Mawr.
Stay overnight at Ty Mawr (Breakfast included)

Day 5: At Rhyd Ddu (9km/6mi)

Today's hike begins with a big climb but it's worth the effort. Nantlle Ridge is a stunning ridge walk with views across the water to Anglesey and inland towards Snowdon: a sneak peak of what tomorrow has in store.
Stay overnight atTy Mawr (Breakfast included)

Day 6: Snowdon (12km/7.5mi)

The grand finale. Your final hike ascends the Rhyd Ddu path to Snowdon’s summit. Take time at the top to enjoy the 360° views before descending via the Ranger’s path, you’ll finish at the Snowdon Ranger’s station before taking the Heritage train on to your final destination, Caernarfon.
Stay overnight at Celtic Royal Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 7: Depart after breakfast

Explore the grand medieval town of Caernarfon, with its mighty castle, pretty harbour and views across the Menai Strait to Anglesey before departing.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Yr Hen Fecws, Porthmadog

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You'll receive a warm welcome at the guesthouse, ideally located close to the main high street and the marina. Many of the traditional architectural features have been retained with exposed beams and stonework which are perfectly complimented by contemporary and tasteful decor and furnishings. The restaurant offers a good menu using locally sourced ingredients complimented by an extensive wine list.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Plas Tan y Graig, Beddgelert

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Plas Tan y Graig is a family run B&B Guest House in Beddgelert. There are five comfortable en-suite guest rooms, a cosy guest lounge and large private gardens overlooking Afon Colwyn, Moel Hebog and Aberglaslyn.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Ty Mawr, Rhyd Ddu

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Tŷ Mawr, meaning ‘Big House’ is a stone cottage dating back more than 200 years and is now a friendly and welcoming tea house and B&B. A hearty breakfast is prepared for you and picnics are available on request.


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Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon

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Dating back to the 18th century and frequented by Queen Victoria, the Celtic Royal Hotel is a historic hostelry in the centre of Caernarfon and just a 5 minute walk to the castle.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 6 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels

All breakfasts

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

Luggage transfers between hotels

Walking transfers using the Welsh Highland Railway (x3)

Headwater Navigation App


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Sundays from 25th Apr 2021 to 24th Oct 2021, for 6 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts

Other details
Transfers are available at a supplement from/to Manchester Airport, Chester Train Station or Llandudno Train station

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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