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Climb the Cliffs of Northern Wales

Brave North Wales’ world-renowned sea cliffs and climbing spots in this introduction to climbing. 2 days. 0 days off work.

Take on some of North Wales’ toughest sea cliffs against the backdrop of the Atlantic in this dizzying two-day climbing adventure. Explore some of the region’s most famous climbs and hidden gems with expert, local guides.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Professional mountaineering instructor
  • Technical kit use
  • One night B&B accommodation
  • Train station drop off at the end of the second day
  • Tea/coffee and cake

Perfect for: Aspiring climbers with a good level of fitness that are looking for an introduction to becoming independent and safe outdoor rock climbers.

Need To Know

International airports like Manchester Liverpool and Birmingham are around two hours away. While Cardiff International Airport and Anglesey Airport takes just over an hour. You can get whatever flights you like, as long as they adhere to agreed times and take account of train travel time. Take a look here for more information.

Start point? You will need to be at Snowdonia Watersports Centre, Llanberis for 09:00 to meet your hosts.

Finish point? Your hosts will take you to Llanberis train station, this is where your adventure finishes. You are free to book any train departing after 16:30. Alternatively, your host will drop you back in Llanberis where your car is parked.

Getting there and away? The area is well connected with various transport links from London and transfers from international airports like Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham are less than two hours away.

During the trip, your hosts will supply you with a delectable mix of Welsh goodies, like Bara Brith, that’s bursting with dried fruit and energy. You will need to bring your own lunches. Back at the hotel, you can expect an array of freshly cooked dishes sold affordable prices. Its menu includes some vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

Typically unpredictable, but generally warm and pleasant throughout the summer.

All technical safely it is provided.

  • Lunch – bigger is better in this case, buy local where you can!
  • 1 litre of water – minimum
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm, comfortable warm outdoor wear suitable to climb in
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Comfy trainers or approach shoes
  • Day rucksack – about 40 litres
  • Sunscreen
  • Midge repellant
  • Personal first aid kit or medication
  • A camera – to capture the magic

If you already have them bring along… - Rock climbing shoes - climbing harness - Helmet - Belay device - Climbing rack, and other climbing gear - Chalk bag

Of course. There is a £40 single room supplement, though.

While a good level of fitness is mandatory, the most important thing you need is enthusiasm. That said, you will have to be able to walk uphill for 30 mins and carry a bag with all your supplies for the day and some climbing kit or a rope.

Your hosts will not cover:

  • Train station pick up
  • Accommodation the night before the adventure starts
  • Packed lunch

Children over the age of 10 are welcome on this climbing trip if you book a private trip. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

They help the environment in a number of ways. For instance, their kit comes from DMM, a local factory, while its own brand clothing is printed with environmentally friendly inks on carbon neutral organic cotton. Their website is hosted by a carbon positive provider, they foster conversations around sustainability wherever they can and support local businesses whenever possible. Moreover, one of the organisation’s co-founders is also a founding member of The Mountain Clothing Charity – WarmStuff, which donates unused outdoor clothing to local homeless people.

Location

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Northern Wales has it all. Serrated mountain trails, stunning coastlines ripe for surfing and a bounty of historical sites. Snowdonia’s charm is in her greenery; luscious forests are intercepted by rivers and their mossy rocks, while the odd sheep (or ten) pops up and makes its way into your path. Life is quiet here: moody landscapes lend themselves to the Welsh folk stories.

Meanwhile, Snowdon, England and Wales’ highest peak, provides an incredible backdrop for exploration. After the trip has ended, you may want to stay an extra few days to explore one its many mountain paths, lakes and gorgeous woodland. You could even try and climb Snowdon herself.

Start point?
You will need to be at Snowdonia Watersports Centre, Llanberis for 09:00 to meet your hosts.

Finish point?
Your hosts will take you to Llanberis train station, this is where your adventure finishes. You are free to book any train departing after 16:30. Alternatively, your host will drop you back in Llanberis where your car is parked.

Getting there and away?
The area is well connected with various transport links from London and transfers from international airports like Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham are less than two hours away.

What to Expect

Day 1: Complete your First Climb

Meet your hosts at 09:00 by the lake in Llanberis, Snowdonia. This mountainous, green region is the perfect first stop on your Welsh adventure. You’ll be briefed for the days ahead (weather and personal fitness dependent) and told tales of Llanberis’ rich history and folklore.

A short 10 to 40 min ride later, and you’ll arrive at the day’s first climbing spot. This will be determined on the day as it depends on your group’s size and abilities. You’ll have a range of climbs to choose from and after a 10-minute scramble up from the main road, you’ll set up camp.

You’ll be given an induction and then it’s to the ropes you go for an afternoon of scaling cliff faces. You’ll work in teams of two or three. Take a short break for lunch before moving on to the next area. In total, you can expect to be in the elements for roughly 7 hours. You’ll then be dropped off at the accommodation for dinner and rest.

Day 2: Consolidate your Skills

After the previous day’s climbs, you should wake up feeling excited and ready to face the trip’s unique feature: the sea cliffs. Meet in Llanberis at 09:00, hop in the van and head to Anglesey, where you’ll come face-to-face with your first sea cliff climb of the day.

Then it’s time for lunch. You’ll be positioned on top of the cliff looking westward to Ireland. Then, squeeze in one final climb before being dropped off at the train station.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

You’ll be staying overnight at the Padarn Hotel, a delightful B&B in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. It’s found in the beautiful village of Llanberis and is at the foot of the mountain, as well as short walk away from both the Mountain Railway and Padarn lake.

The hotel has a range of twins, doubles and family rooms available that mostly come with mountain views. It also has free Wi-Fi, a bar and bistro where you can relax and unwind in the evening. The Padarn also has a quirkily decorated sports bar and a generally young, friendly and outdoorsy atmosphere. You can stay an additional night for £65.

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