South Snowdonia Mini-Trip

26 Nov, -
Snowdonia National Park, Wales Snowdonia National Park, Wales
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South Snowdonia Mini-Trip
For those interested in going a little off piste, a small group will be heading to the area around Dolgellau, Gwynedd, from the 26th - 28th of September.


We'll meet in Bristol @ Filton Abbey Wood station late on Friday for the drive to Mid Wales. For those in Southampton (which is essentially everyone but me!) there'll be a train journey to get to this point, which is roughly 2 hours each way and £25 return.


Southern Snowdonia is a vast area known for its ancient woodlands, its coast, its tiny trains and its medieval history as well as the peaks that punctuate the landscape. We'll aim to climb up a significant mountain, but we'll leave the choice down to the participants. We could scramble up the magnificent slabby side of Cadair Idris from Llyn Cau, venture out to the incredibly hard to crack Rhinogs, get the panoramic view from the Arenigs or climb the once forbidden Arans. On the other day we'll have a choice of walks across the wild heart of Wales.


The difficulty of the walks will probably be a little higher than usual for the club - and as this is the end of November, we can expect some dark days and changeable weather conditions. Therefore we'll require that participants are wearing full walking boots and have a selection of layers, a winter sleeping bag as well as a rucsack (~20L+) for carrying the items they'll need out on the peaks. A more detailed list will be shared with those who get a place, but I should be able to source most other items.


We'll stay near a bothy in Coed -y- Brenin woods, which is one of the biggest mountain bike parks in the country and is also known for its collection of stunning waterfalls. Historically this area was known for gold panning - we'll keep an eye out when we're there! For those who aren't familiar, bothies are free to stay in, but very basic and require a fair amount of effort to reach. It's not much more than a barn. I'd recommend checking them out online, or looking at the photos from the Dartmoor trip last month, to get an idea of what they're like.


To abide by the Bothy Code, this trip will be restricted to five people. We'll try and give the spaces by prioritising those who sign up quickly and those who haven't been to the area before.


The cost will be £40: £25 (with railcard) for the train to and from Filton and £15 to cover the costs of fuel for the rest. I'll prepare some meals and bring along cooking equipment, but if you'd like to arrange your own meals that will definitely be possible too!


If you are interested in the trip, please fill in the form on our website:

If you're successful you'll get an email from the club, and I'll fill you in with the detailed details 🙂


Thomas, Expeditions Sec

The Organisers

At SUHC we are dedicated to exploring the very best countryside, peaks, mountains and coastline the UK has to offer. We host weekly Saturday day walks throughout Hampshire and surrounding areas, in addition to whole-weekend away trips to different national parks and mountainous regions, and an array of socials during term time! See below for details of our activities and how you can get involved..