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The Snowdonia Way

Introduction to The Snowdonia Way

The Snowdonia Way is a long-distance trail through the heart of the mountains of North Wales, running 97 miles (156 km) from Machynlleth to Conwy. You'll pass by the most famous mountains in Wales, including Snowdon and Cadair Idris, walk through the great valleys of Ogwen and Ffestiniog, and see ancient stone circles, castles, and market towns that have changed little over the years. Snowdonia's landscape is incredibly diverse, with large forests, open moorland, rocky mountainside and sandy estuary all within the National Park.
View along the Snowdonia Way on a sunny day

Section of path along The Snowdonia Way
Highlights of This Trail

- Passing alongside Snowdon, with great views of the summit
- Walking through the Ogwen Valley
- The vast forests of the Dovey and Coed y Brenin
- Crossing the Vale of Ffestiniog

What’s Included with this Holiday
  • Accommodation for 8 nights
  • 7 Days walking
  • A Qualified Mountain Leader
  • A Full Information Pack
  • Luggage transfer
  • Maximum group size of 12
  • Free transport back to Machynlleth
  • Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
Lake on The Snowdonia Way

What to Expect From the Trail

The Snowdonia Way is a brand new long distance trail, so you may not know much about it. The route was devised by Alex Kendall, one of our guides, after two years of research. The trail was first completed as a continuous trek by Scarlet, the director of Thistle Trekking, and Alex in December 2016 and so it is a route close to our heart. As the same suggests this route weaves its way through The Snowdonia National Park, starting in Machynlleth located just south of The National Park Boundary and ending in Conwy, to the North East of the park boundary. Throughout the 7 days of walking you will pass through many of the highlights of this historic and dramatic landscape.

With the earliest human structures in Snowdonia dating back to 2500BC it is no surprise that it has a fascinating and rich history, this is after all, an area which has given rise to the Legends of King Arthur. The striking scenery throughout the trail includes views of towering mountains, including Cadair Idris, Moel Siabod and Cnicht, the powerful rapids of The River Glaslyn, glistening lakes and passes the ancient castle of Dolwyddelan. The abundant and beautiful scenery, the legendary atmosphere and the welcoming hospitality of Snowdonia will almost certainly make this trail famous in its own right.

At a Glance

Start: Machynlleth, Wales
Finish: Conwy, Wales
Total Length: 97 miles
Number of Days: 9 day trip, 7 days walking
Number of Nights: 8
Difficulty Level: 4/5
What You Will Need

You will be provided with a full kit list, as a guide you will need: a small rucksack (around 30 litres), walking boots, waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket, hat, gloves, a spare fleece and walking trousers (not jeans or denim), a water bottle, a camera, sun cream, sun glasses and a sun hat.
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