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  • Indoor Karting

    by Gwenllian Updated Apr 30, 2008

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    If your looking for something exiting to do in Snowdonia try karting at Redline Indoor Karting, Caernarfon. I had never been karting before, except for an outdoor track once when I was about 12, so I was a bit nervous of trying it out. My friends all jeered at me and so I had to do it. It was honestly the best experience ever. I never would have believed how much of a buzz you get from it and we now go whenever we fancy something different from the pub!
    The centre is new and so everything is properly set up, the staff are great at explaining and guiding you if you're unsure about anything and there's a really nice friendly vibe to the place. It can get busy there though and I ve noticed a lot of families, mums, dads and kids there at times so I avoid going the same time as them. Good place to see some fit guys too, including one or two nice ones working there!. Snowdonia is a lovely place but there arent many option of things to do when the weather isnt great and this is one that I thoroughly recommend.

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    Cwm Idwal and Devil's Kitchen

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 13, 2007

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    Even those less able to hike could manage a walk around Cwm Idwal. It is the most accessible and most beautiful corrie in Snowdonia, even Britain - indeed a textbook glacial hollow. The scenery here is wonderful - even just walking the circuit of the cwm although more challenging hiles can be made from here. Llyn Idwal was the First National Nature Reserve in Wales and was named for the son of one of the Princes of Wales who was murdered by being drowned in the lake. Legend has it that if a bird flies across the lake then the Prince will rise from his grave!
    Twice we have attempted to climb Devils's Kitchen (so called as its a tall cleft in the rock, often seen with cloud "smoking" out of it) and Y Gran but been deterred by the weather. Our last vist we did see a lovely rainbow towards the valley though.

    Toilets and a food kiosk are available - try the welsh "oggies" they are enormous versions of a cornish pastie! Check the weather conditions too before you start a hike a the wardens office.

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    Beddgelert

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 8, 2007

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    Beddgelert is undoubtedly Snowdonia's most picturesque mountain village. Stone cottages, inns and hotels are surrounded by Snowdonia's finest scenery .

    It is in the heart of wondeful hiking country with the beautiful Aberglaslyn Pass and the Nant Gwynant valley nearby as well as the paths up Snowdon. It has been a village winner of "Britain in Bloom" competition - deservedly so. Much more info on the village on my Beddgelert page

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    Snowdon - the Llanberis path

    by timlloydlangston Updated Aug 7, 2006

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    The train by the side of teh Llanberis path

    Climbing Snowdon is something I'd recommend everyone that is physicaly able should do - you don't have to be that fit and there's a pub on top! [In fairness there's also a lot of tourists who've come up on the train which can be a bit demoralising].

    The Llanberis path is the longest, but easiest way up Snowdon and follows the route of the railway. It's almost impossible to get lost, but it's worth exercising caution in bad weather as you're not far from the cliff edges into the Llanberis pass at a number of points (though this kaes for an excellent view - one that people on the train don't get).

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    Snowdon - the Watkin Path

    by timlloydlangston Updated Aug 7, 2006

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    For me this is a personal favourtite way up Snowdon, approached from the Beddgelert side. It's fairly easy going to start with and you'll pass a number of waterfalls and Gladstone's rock where the famous Victorian Prime Minister gave a speech to officially open the path. Ahead of you Snowdon looms and the walking get's tougher, but it's worth it for the spectacular views (and the fact that even in the height of summer there won't be that many people walking up this route with you). Take extra care as you approach the summit as the ridge between Snowdon and it's neighbour Y Lliwedd has very large cliffs either side and isn't that wide.

    The path is named after Sir Edward Watkin who had his summer house at the village where the path starts (Nant Gwynant). A 19th Century railway pioneer he was behind a Victorian attempt to construct the channel tunnel, but on his hols he created this path.

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    Snowdon - the Snowdon Horseshoe

    by timlloydlangston Written Aug 7, 2006

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    "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough"
    This is the classic Snowdon walk, but is not for the faint-hearted, unfit or unprepared (for this one you will need the full walking kit). From the top of the Llanberis Pass in Pen Y Pass car park the route is simplicity itself. Up the first mountain in front of you (Crib Goch) then on round the top of the ridge that runs round the Cwm taking in the summits of Snowdon and its neighbours.

    Easier said than done! The ascent of Crib Goch is straight up and unrelenting, but has the adavantage that you get great views almost immediately. Now the problems start because Crib Goch isn't a pointy mountain like Snowdon, but a thin ridge with massive cliffs either side.

    After a change of underwear you visit the peak of Garnnedd Ugain - which has it's own ridge walk on the approach before heading up with the masses to the top of Snowdon itself. It's then off across another ridge (did I mention this is not a good walk if you're scared of heights?) and onto Y Lliwedd the final peak before descending down to join the Miners track

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    Snowdon - the Snowdon Ranger

    by timlloydlangston Written Aug 7, 2006

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    My wife hates this path - and all because of the start. From the Snowdon Ranger youth hostel (no prizes now for guessing how the route gets its name) the path slogs its way, zig-zagging up a steep grassy hillside. Once this bit is over with you'll have great views and a pleasant walking (though still uphill - this is a mountain after all) all the way to the summit. As with the Rhyd Ddu path this is a lightly used and tranquil way to the top (where the rampaging tourists really will come as a shock).

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    Snowdon - the Rhyd Du path

    by timlloydlangston Written Aug 7, 2006

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    You can see the pub from here

    This route starts next to the new Rhyd Ddu railway station (the railway has just opened in 2006) and there's a good car park. Alternatively walk up from the Cwelly Arms campsite (see my accomodation tip). After following the tracks for a little bit the path heads up and onto the Llechlog ridge (be warned - it's a long drop off the side, keep to the path!). This ridge leads you up to the South ridge where you join the route of the Watkin path for the final assault on the summit.

    This is a great route with expansive views throughout. You won't find that many people on it though.

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    Snowdon - the Pyg track

    by timlloydlangston Written Aug 7, 2006

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    The pyg track looking down the Lanberis pass

    This route, like the Miners, starts from the top of the Llanbers Pass. This time use the path that starts at the back of the cafe. The route gives you gret veiws out towards Caernarfon down the Llanberis path. Do not be tempted to head up the mountain in front of you as that's Crib Goch and a seriously challenging ascent (see my tip on the Snowdon Horseshoe). Stay on the lower path through the pass and you'll join the Miners track at the top of its steps. The Pyg offers a quieter day out than the Miners as, for no reason that I can discern, it is much less popular.

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    Snowdon - the Miner's track

    by timlloydlangston Written Aug 7, 2006

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    Pyg on left, Miners track down by the lake

    The big advantage of this path is that you have a headstart as it begins at the top of the Llanberis pass. Like the Llanberis path (which goes up the other side of Snowdon) this route is well surfaced, but a stout pair of shoes is recommended. From the small car park at the top of the pass the path heads round the Cwm on the shores of Glaslyn lake. Don't be fooled though. The walk round the lake may be easy, but the climb to the summit is a punishing one. It's pretty much straight up, although the notorious scree slope has now been replaced by a good set of steps. The peak of Snowdon is always in view and you get stunning views of the lake and the huge cliffs of Snowdon.

    The car park at Pen Y Pass at the top of the Llanberis pass is invariably full during the summer months. Don't park at the bottom of the pass and walk up the road (as you'll see hundreds of other people doing), as it's sole destroying (both sprirt and boots). Use the Snowdon Sherpa bus that goes through the pass frequently - it's cheap and easy.

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    Ffestiniog Railway

    by sue_stone Written May 17, 2006

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    One of the things in Snowdonia that I was keen to see was the Ffestiniog Railway, the oldest Independent Railway Company in the world. Built between 1832 and 1836, Ffestiniog is a 22km (13.5mile) narrow-gauge railway that twists its way through Snowdonia National Park, between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog.

    The line was opened to the public in the 1860's, when horse-drawn wagon were replaced by steam locomotives.

    We stopped off in Porthmadog to enquire about a ride on the train, but unfortunately the timetable didn't fit in with the rest of our schedule. We did, however, get the chance to see the lovely little train setting off on its journey to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

    And there certainly was a lot of steam!

    Check out the website for weekly timetables and plenty more information.

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    Welsh Slate Museum

    by sue_stone Written May 17, 2006

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    The Welsh Slate Museum is located in the town of Llanberis. You can find it in a fabulous setting in the shadows of the surrounding slate mountains, which are quite spectacular.

    This is a living, working museum, and with free admission, it is a great attraction for all the family. There are workers' cottages, furnished as they would have been in Victorian times; a huge working water wheel; and slate splitting demonstrations.

    To get to the museum, turn off the A4086 between the Snowdon Mountain Railway station and Electric Mountain.

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    Mount Snowdon & the Snowdon Mountain Railway

    by sue_stone Written May 17, 2006

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    If you find yourself in Snowdonia National Park, then you will no doubt come across Mount Snowdon. With a summit of 1085 metres (3560 feet), it is the highest mountain in Wales & England.

    Views from the top of Mount Snowdon are one of the highlights of a visit to this part of Wales. On a clear day you get a magnificent view and if it is not so clear, you may find yourself above the clouds feeling a little surreal.

    If you are energetic, you can hike to the top of the mountain. The easiest walk leaves from Llanberis and takes around 5 hours for a return trip. Of similar difficulty is the hike from Beddgelert, which also takes around 5 hours. There are more difficult options as well, but please be warned - people die each year when scaling the mountain.

    If you are not the athletic type, like yours truly, you can catch the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the top (or part way up) the mountain. The UK's highest railway has been running since 1896, and is the only public 'rack-and-pinion' railway in the country. A trip to the summit in this little red train takes one hour, and it runs from mid-March to early-November, depending on the weather.

    On the grey day we were in Llanberis the railway was only running a quarter of the way up, so we decided not to take a ride this visit. Next time we will head there in summer and ride to the top.…or perhaps if I start training now we can do the hike!

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    Do the 3000-ers

    by Charlie_UK Written Mar 20, 2006
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    There are 15 peaks over 3000 feet (914.4 metres) in Snowdonia, all at the north end of the national park. Someultra fit people try to do all of them in one day. Three days is a more sensible thing. I only managed 12 on my first go due to a) poor planning b)poor boots c) not actually getting myself fit.

    The peaks are (North-South)

    The Carneddau

    Foel Fras (3092 ft)
    Garnedd Ychaf 3037
    Foel Grach 3202
    Carnedd Llewellyn 3491
    Carnedd Dafydd 3426
    Pen Yr Ole Wen 3209

    The Glyderau

    Tryfan 3002
    Glyder Fach 3262
    Glyder Fawr 3279
    Y Garn 3107
    Elidir Fawr 3029

    Snowdon Massif

    Crib Goch 3028
    Cryb Y Ddysgl 3495
    Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) 3560

    Of these, Crib Goch is the hardest to climb, being a narrow and exposed ridge. Tryfan is not far behind. Snowdon can be climbed by numerous routes, or if you have a resonable medical excuse, by the mountain railway.

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    Llanberis Lake Railway

    by eddilowe Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    From 1843 - 1961 this little steam railway carried slate from the Dinorwig Slate Mine. After it closed down the decision was made to turn it into a tourist railway.

    The full return trip is 5 miles long and takes an hour. Timetables and ticket prices are all availabe on the website below but as a guide, Adult return tickets £6, if travelling with children there are family saver tickets.

    Journey starts at Gilfach Ddu in the Padarn Park. Next stop Llanberis Station. Then non-stop through the country park to Penllyn at the other end of the lake. Next stop on the way back is Cei Llydan on the returrn trip then back to Gilfach Ddu.

    Their leaflet says that all the trains are wheelchair friendly but if travelling in peak season it is advisable to let them know you will be visiting.

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