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Snowdonia's Classic Walks - 5 days

Course Overview

Why not explore the picturesque hills of Snowdonia with our experienced instructors? On each of the five days you'll walk at your own, comfortable pace through remote, beautiful countryside taking in views from classic mountains like Snowdon, Tryfan, Carneddau, and the Glyders.
You'll also have a chance to study the mountain flora and fauna that thrive in these isolated areas so don't forget to bring your camera.
In the evenings you can attend talks on subjects like mountain clothing and equipment, navigation and emergency procedures,or simply relax and enjoy a chat in the bar whilst absorbing the mountain atmosphere.

Experience Required

none required.

With MEALS & Accommodation: £490

NO MEALS OR Accommodation: £340



Scheduled Dates

blackBlack = Open for booking

blackGreen = Guaranteed to run (additional places are limited please email to enquire)

blackRed = Course fully booked

 

17 - 21 Jul 2017

14 - 18 Aug 2017




Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Who's it for?

This week is for anyone who would like to enjoy the beautiful Welsh mountains and valleys, but would like to savour the journey rather than race to the next summit.  The pace will be gentle, but a mountain a day may involve up to 6 hours walking, so some basic hill fitness and lots of enthusiasm is required.


Course Content

The programme will be flexible according to the weather and the needs of the group, although some poor visibility is ideal for learning navigation.  In the course of a day's walking we may look at the following areas as opportunities arise:



  • Navigation skills

  • Mountain weather and forecast

  • Mountain exploration

  • Fauna, flora and local history

  • A rocky ridge if appropriate

  • Classic Welsh peaks as appropriate

Useful Books

  • Hillwalking by Steve Long (MLTUK Official Publication)
  • Mountain Navigation by Peter Cliff
  • Best Walks in North Wales by Richard Sale
  • Nature of Snowdonia by Mike Raine
  • Navigation in the Mountains (MLTUK Official Publication) -  Due for sale 2012




What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch


Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.



If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.




If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or
info@pyb.co.uk.

follow this link for more details





What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Warm outdoor wear - at all times of year e.g. walking trousers (shorts in summer), thermal layers/base layers, fleeces, good quality walking socks

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat

  • Walking boots

  • Day rucksack (min 30 litres)

  • Rucksack liner (e.g. rubble bag or dry bag)

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch Bag/Box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Head torch (winter months)

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant (summer months)

  • Notebook and pen

  • Compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended)

  • Maps - OS 17 Snowdon & Conwy Valley 1:25,000 (and OS 115 Snowdon 1:50,000 for navigation courses).Laminated maps are great as you don't need a map case and you can make notes, mark point etc. (Can be purchased from our shop)

  • Fine permanent pen (for writing on laminated maps)


The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores so you don't need to rush out to buy them.


  • Walking boots

  • Day rucksack

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Compass





Customer Reviews For This Course

A Great Week's Walking

Leon Winnert

On a daily basis the walks are tailored to the group's wants and abilities taking into account the prevailing weather conditions. And where you go is by mutual consent. Having said that the re is nothing flat in Snowdonia so some basic hill walking fitness is required.

Certainly we had a mixture of the more well known and less well known paths over terrain that was apropriate for our group's experiance and skills. With the added bonus of some navigation exercise thrown in.

Instructor, (Blair Fyffe), PYB staff, acomodation, food etc all first cllass- as one would expect from PYB.

Thouroughly reccomended.


Does Exactly What It Says On The Tin

Tim Wilkinson

Great week's hillwalking in pleasant company. It was nice not to have to decide where to go or worry about the 'what ifs' but to leave that to someone else. A nice balance of tuition and walking in mixed conditions.




Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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