Snowdonia
Mountain Biking Weekend

7th-8th September 2024

Grab your mountain bike and prepare to be led on some world class trails on this adrenaline pumping Snowdonia mountain biking weekend

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£180
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All bookings are subject to Booking Conditions

Tour Operated by Ride High MTB

itinerary

DAY 1

  • ARRIVAL

    Hitting the trails

9:30am: You’ll start your Snowdonia mountain biking weekend by meeting your guides and fellow riders at Betws y Coed cafe ‘Find Me Cooking’. In the courtyard we will make the introductions and discuss the plans for the day. We’ll also conduct safety checks on your bikes and kit before we pedal off on our first day’s riding adventure!

During the day we will be journeying along beautiful, forest and mountain trails where we can practise skills and build confidence.

Our day on the bike will be full-on but super fun! Mixing up the marked MTB trails, bridleways and venturing ‘off-piste’, around the famous Gwydir Forest means you’ll feel challenged but will build confidence in a friendly, supportive environment.

4pm: We will return to Betws y Coed for refreshments. There will be plenty of time for those who are keen on wild swimming to join us at our favourite river pool and have a dip. This isn’t compulsory of course!

6.30pm: You are welcome to join us for an hour of yoga which will be a deep dive into a muscle release, recovery session which will soothe those aches and pains and set you up for Sunday’s adventure.

25km | 600m of ascent

DAY 2

  • LETS RIDE!

    Riding & Wild Swim

9:30am: We will meet in Capel Curig (weather dependant) for a wonderful mountain journey. This loop takes us into the heart of Snowdonia (Eryri) over high passes, and into remote valleys. The terrain is rocky and rough but comes with a welcome relief on a deserted mountain lane which brings us back to our final pass climb, followed by a fun rapid descent back into Capel Curig. More gorgeous wild swimming opportunities await us in the clear waters of a lake before we finish the weekend with a well-deserved celebratory drink.

If weather is poor, we will head to the coastal hills for a lower level adventure above the UNESCO World Heritage town of Conwy.

28km | 700m ascent

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Your guides

Ride High MTB was founded by expert rider and coach Kath Goodey. Born from her desire to share her biggest love with the world, downhill mountain biking. 

Kath will be your guide on this trip. She has a combined 35 years of experience teaching both in the classroom and the mountains, with a very impressive collection of qualifications and competitive world wide riding experience.

SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK

 Snowdonia is a stunning National Park with dramatic mountain scenery, deep valleys filled with lush Celtic rainforests, lakes and rivers. But what makes it extra special is the culture and language.

We ride among the ancient remnants of Roman roads, megalithic stone circles and standing stones.

We will ride on the foothills of the Carneddau mountain range, looking down on the amazing Conwy Castle built by Edward I in 1287 to finally crush the dominance of the Welsh Prince, Llywelyn.

Your knowledgeable local guides are keen foodies and will be taking you to the best cafes and refreshments stops. North Wales is a real coffee lovers paradise with 3 superb roasters in addition to some fab local craft beer breweries, bakeries, cafes and restaurants.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Who is trip for?

Our trips are specially tailored for women.

Research has shown that there is a ‘Confidence Gap’ between men and women, which is very clear when it comes to the world of outdoor adventure! From a young age girls are taught to shy away from risk, leading to less confidence with outdoor pursuits in later life. 

We are here to push comfort zones and build confidence, paving the way for women to live a life of adventure.

Are you ready to meet your wild side?

Kit list info

There are bike shops within a 40-minute drive. If there is a problem with your bike that we can’t fix with our trailside repair skills, then a visit to a shop may be necessary.

Please ensure that you all bring the following:

Your bike! Please make sure it is in good working order and has recently been

  • Checked over/serviced.
  • Bike specific spares e.g. spare mech hanger, spare brake pads.
  • Battery Charger / Extender for your E-Bike.
  • Spare inner tube (s) to fit your rims size. Even if you are running tubeless, please bring an inner tube as tyre plugs and boots can fail. It is often way less faff with a group to simply put a new tube in!
  • Tyres appropriate for rough terrain where grip is more important than rolling speed!
  • We are big fans of Maxxis Minion/High Roller/Assegai EXO or Double Down which offer great grip and durability. Other brands also make fab tyres of course!
  • Day pack in which to carry your usual trail tools, lunch, snacks, water and a spare jacket.
  • Snack bars/gels/sweets whatever you usually use to snack on during a ride.
  • Sandwich/wrap (your usual packed lunch for a good day out).
  • Plenty of water to drink during the ride. There will be opportunities to top up while we’re out.
  • A warm layer and a waterproof jacket. We will be going out even if it’s wet! This is Snowdonia and it can be deceptively cold up high.
  • Helmet, knee pads, gloves, glasses (eye protection). A full-face helmet is not necessary but if you are used to wearing a helmet with a detachable chin bar, this is of course fine.
  • Comfortable riding clothes and shoes for 2 days riding. If you ride clipped in, please ensure that your shoes are suitable for walking as there are likely to be short sections of pushing uphill.
  • Any personal medication, particularly asthma inhalers.
  • Finally, and most importantly… EXCITEMENT, ENTHUSIASM and a BIG SMILE!!!
Guaranteed departure?

This trip needs a minimum of 4 participants to run.

Will the guides be female

For this trip your guides will be:

Kath, Founder and guide of Ride High MTB Coaching

Kath has been an educator both in the mountains and the classroom for over 35 years and has taught, coached and led people of all ages and from all over the world.

Mountain biking is Kath’s main focus and passion. Her skills and experience on a bike have developed through riding extensively in the UK and the Alps, along with trips to Canada, US and Morocco. Due to her ski racing, rock climbing and mountaineering background, Kath offers a unique depth of experience to all those she teaches.

She has raced DH and Enduro in the UK and Europe. Also, events like the Megavalanche and the MaxiAvalanche series in France and Italy. Kath’s claim to fame was coming 2nd to Rachel Atherton (multi world cup and world champs winner) in the Welsh Enduro Champs in Machynlleth in 2017!

Kath’s bikes are: Ibis Ripmo, Nukeproof Reactor and Specialised Levo Expert (E-Bike). Favourite trails are close to home in the Gwydir forest, but also the amazing, alpine trails and ridge lines of the Aosta Valley, Italy.

Kath holds a wealth of outdoor qualifications, including both British Cycling Level 2 and 3 MTB Leadership qualifications, and the British Cycling L2 MTB Coaching qualification.

Do I need riding experience to take part?

This weekend is aimed at:

  • Women comfortable riding blue-red grade trails, but wanting to feel more confident exploring natural trails beyond the signposted routes. You should be comfortable riding 20-25km and climbing 800m. Note** E-Bikes and Analog are most welcome but do please ensure your bike is well-maintained and in good working order**
  • Anyone looking to improve their biking skills on more ‘off-piste’, natural terrain.
  • Those who have ever felt stiff or slow after a days riding, and want to learn how to maximise their recovery for the next day (no previous experience of yoga / pilates required!).
Can I rent bikes and equipment from Snowdonia?

Ride High MTB does not supply rental bikes or equipment, but they can be found locally at..

Snowdonia Bikes

Bike Wales

We have no affiliation with either company and this is suggestion only.

Is the entire itinerary guaranteed?

As this is the UK the weather can be very unpredictable, even during warmer months. In the event of a weather warning this may mean that plans can change. This may mean taking on an alternative trails. The views mentioned will also be subject to weather conditions. There will always be a plan B!

Do I need travel insurance?

Personal Insurance should be taken out to attend this trip.

Cover should include personal injury, emergency medical cover, and cancellation cover. The insurance must cover the specific activity you’re taking part in.

I am nervous to join alone, should I go?

95% of those booking through Adventuress in the Wild travel alone. Everybody admits to feeling nervous during their first adventure, but by the end of your trip you’ll feel like you’ve made friends for life. Bonds are formed very quickly on our adventures, and every trip is introvert friendly!

What will we do if it rains?

This is Wales! We always expect some rain, so we advise that you come prepared to ride with the correct gear. 

Where does the trip start and end?

Start: Day 1, 9:30am – Cafe ‘Find Me Cooking’, Unit A1, Yr Hen Stablau, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AH

End: Day 3 Capel Curig village

Getting there

For this trip it is highly recommended to come by car as the locations can be a little tricky to reach.

If looking for others Adventuresses who may be interested in this trip, you are able to try posting in our Adventuress Facebook Community Group or the Ride Share Whatsapp group (Contact for info)

Meals & Hydration

Food is not included on this trip.

You will be required to bring packed lunches and snacks with you for our activity days.  

There are pubs and restaurants available for evening meals.

Carrying at least 1-2 litres of water is recommended.

How big will the group be?

There will be a maximum of 9 Adventuresses on the trip.

An Adventuress Host will be along for the fun

book now

£180
  • Financial Protection on your payment

All bookings are subject to Booking Conditions

Tour operated by Ride High MTB

THE ADVENTURESS VIBE

Lucia LegnaroLucia Legnaro
10:46 02 Apr 24
Re: SEVEN SISTERS EASTER HIKEI had the best time with the best people and the best weather, exploring the best section of the ‘South Downs Way’. Kate Capelli knows what she is doing and I would follow her anywhere. The general vibe was inclusive and warm and friendly, you do not need to be super fit to take part.
Nga DoNga Do
09:06 01 Apr 24
I have been lucky enough to enjoy 3 activities with AITW, 2 of which have been overseas trips! "Adventures" does not even begin to describe the experiences I had on both of my trips with this group. My first trip with AITW was in October/November 2022, and I still have fond memories and friendships that were formed, sharing laughter, conquering challenges, and taking in the beautiful scenery of South Africa. Hiking, yoga, camping, bouldering, and wine tasting were all part of the itinerary, but what wasn't planned was just the awe and feeling I was left with when the trip was over. I had so much fun that I booked another overseas trip in March 2024 to Lapland. I got to try snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, a traditional Finnish sauna, and ice dipping. We even got to stay in a cozy cabin where we shared delicious meals, took turns sledding, had a private sauna, and even laughed our way into playing in the snow between sauna breaks. We had 2 wonderful Finnish guides leading us into the beautiful Lapland wilderness, and we got to have lunch at our very own woman-made ice table/bar. Our last night was quite magical, as we got to see the Northern lights for the 2nd time on the trip and were mesmorised by its glow. It was an empowering trip, and Kate takes thoughtful consideration in planning and organising events that promote community support. I can't wait to join another adventure!
Maria CorbalanMaria Corbalan
22:13 31 Mar 24
I can’t recommend Adventuress in the Wild highly enough after an epic week exploring the magical scenery of the Finnish Lapland.We were very lucky to have Kate with us, and I must say I couldn’t possibly think of a better professional travel companion.We also had qualified wilderness guides with us, and again, they were really professional and friendly, and they were adapting to our needs at all times.The accommodation had great views and was really pretty, it also had a fireplace and traditional Finnish sauna, and getting up in the mornings in such a setting was quite a thing.Spent our days hiking in the wilderness, snow shoeing, trying nordic backcountry ski, ice dipping and having yummy home made meals. We also managed to see the northern lights for two nights and had lots of fun as strangers to start with but as friends by the end of the trip.A really empowering experience and I have already booked to go again next year.
Thanh TangThanh Tang
18:58 31 Mar 24
Truely, an amazing trip with a bunch of lovely ladies and two aspiring female wilderness guides. A week packed with fun activities, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hike to the fell for aurora, yoga, sauna/ice dip, laughter, banter, a perfect traditional log cabin in the magical Lapland landscape. My 1st all female group trip and definitely not my last. Experiences are shared, fond memories to look back on and friendships formed. LOVED IT, AITW/Sidetracked thank you!
Amy MaynardAmy Maynard
09:44 31 Mar 24
Kate is incredible! She has a great ethos and works incredibly hard teaming up with group's lead/run by women and making sure everyone is ok. Lapland adventure, was the second overseas trip with Adventuresses and it was phenomenal. The group was hilarious/encouraging and the guides (Sirpa and Lotta), made the trip so special for everyone.
Kristen FraleyKristen Fraley
09:09 31 Mar 24
Still buzzing after a truly wonderful trip to Northern Finland with Kate and Adventuress in the Wild. From start to finish, Kate was really responsive and set the tone for an encouraging and fun space to try new things, take on challenging situations, and have a lot of laughs with a great group of women. Kate provided us with an exceptionally curated week, filled with snow shoe hiking, cross country skiing, ice dipping and even seeing the northern lights in our PJs!Would absolutely recommend AITW to anyone after an adventure!
ClaireClaire
17:14 29 Feb 24
I’ve just come back from an absolutely fantastic winter skills weekend up in the snowy Scottish highlands with Adventuress in the wild.It was a perfect weekend from the outset!Kate, the founder of adventuress in the wild and our mountain leader, Charlie , immediately put you at ease going through the itinerary for the weekend.On the Saturday Charlie introduced us to the lovely Scottish winter and what it had to offer. We learnt how to make wise decisions, use crampons, use ice axes and generally have lots of fun safely in the snow!On the Sunday we put all of the skills we had learnt the day before to good use as we hiked up a snowy mountain…and oh boy…the views were unreal!We were very very lucky with the weather and I felt I was living a dream. The memories I have made from the weekend will last a lifetime. My only regret is that it didn’t last longer as I was definitely not ready to come home!Thank you to Kate, Charlie, Gaby and Jean for making the trip so memorable. It won’t be the last trip I take with Adventuress in the wild!
Nese ZorbaNese Zorba
10:55 16 Feb 24
I have just finished the 4 week bouldering course with Kate and it was so helpful in getting me into bouldering. She really eases you into it and the course is layed out really well. Kate is an amazing instructor as she takes the time to learn about you and doesnt just coach you on the physical side but the mental side too which for me was the main obstacle for me progressing. By the time I had my 2nd session with her I was a lot less shakey and from the very first session I was able to complete climbs. She pushes you outside your comfort zone yet not so much that it puts you off bouldering completely. In such a small amount of time Ive seen so much progress in my bouldering and having all the techniques she has taught me under my belt I now feel confident enough to enter a bouldering gym on my own.
Lucy LLucy L
15:30 15 Feb 24
I recently completed the 4-week bouldering beginners course. It was a great way to learn all the basic techniques and lingo. I feel more confident going bouldering by myself or joining social climbs now. Kate is a great instructor and made the sessions fun. I would definitely recommend it if you are new to or returning to bouldering!
SafiyaSafiya
10:00 15 Feb 24
I took Kate's beginner level 4 week long course and I cant recommend it highly enough. Kate covers everything from climbing lingo to techniques that are invaluable to climbing efficiently. She is encouraging and patient and you get to meet and climb with other amazing women!
NatalieNatalie
14:41 11 Feb 24
Kate is a great instructor, she is patient and explains things so clearly. Have learnt a lot with the bouldering classes and increased my confidence with bouldering.
Irina TamIrina Tam
17:33 05 Sep 23
Kate is a great trip organiser, very knowledgeable, experienced and skilled. Her trips are amazing, always include interesting and adventurous activities!I definitely recommend!I went to New Forest and Jurassic coast trips and it was amazing!
Jaimie WilliamsJaimie Williams
13:36 04 Sep 23
Kate plans everything needed to make Adventuress trips smooth and hassle-free, making a chilled weekend away so easy. Always meet great people too, such a nice vibe xx
Liza Aberkane BarrancoLiza Aberkane Barranco
11:27 17 Jul 23
100% recommend for all levels. I was an absolute beginner but felt so supported and welcomed for both hiking and camping. A fun community that is open and safe for all. The best views and guide!
Savannah BettsSavannah Betts
19:48 29 Jun 23
Had a great time during the adventuress weekend on the Jurassic coast with Kate and Lisa. Great organisation, communication, and felt really well looked after. They managed to cater to all experience levels, and just create good vibes all around. A brilliant way to meet new adventure pals!
Victoria WeaverVictoria Weaver
19:45 26 Jun 23
Absolutely epic experience!! Hiking the most amazing scenery on the Jurassic coast with a bunch of awesome women is something I will not forget quickly. Brilliant host. Very friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Cant wait to do more hiking!
Kim BishKim Bish
11:15 26 Jun 23
Best girl gang an adventurer can join, whether you're a beginner or experienced in travelling! I put my trust in Kate for my first ever weekend hike, & I'm so glad I did.
NicolaNicola
09:27 26 Jun 23
I had the most amazing week of my life on an expedition to the Pyrenees with Adventuress in the Wild and 360 Expeditions. I had never travelled solo before and was so nervous to go on an expedition with a group of people I’d never met. Adventuress couldn’t have been better, Kate made sure everyone was happy throughout the trip. She took the time to speak with everyone on the trip and answered any concerns we had. She kept us all up to date in the WhatsApp chat and put a packing list in the chat each day to help us know what to pack for the days activities.The group were amazing, everyone was so lovely and we all really bonded over the week. It was a week filled with smiles and laughter, we all supported and cheered each other on as we tried new and challenging things outwith our comfort zones. I absolutely cannot wait to book more activities with adventuress and genuinely recommend them to everyone!
Anna AlcaideAnna Alcaide
21:49 04 Apr 23
I attended the course "Confidence Outdoors" and I enjoyed a lot. Kate is creating a very comfortable atmosphere and she is providing a complete course both, for beginners and more advance hikers. Key information provided and also, detailed replies to all questions. Now I feel I have all the important tools to go ahead in my future hikes. I would highly recommend this course.
Michelle VenablesMichelle Venables
21:43 04 Apr 23
Highly Recommend!I wanted to make a positive change and to go out and meet new people with similar interests and to build my confidence and self-esteem. I’d always loved walking and hiking but never felt I knew enough to do it on my own (or even if it was something you could do solo!) Then I came across Adventuress in the Wild. Kate’s Confidence Outdoors course was exactly what I was looking for.The course included subjects like: planning your own hike and creating your own route; keeping safe and how to deal with emergencies; choosing kit and equipment; multi-day camping and backpacking and then the option of going on a hike and meeting all the people on the course in the final week.I was very nervous to go on my own but I didn’t need to be; I was instantly put at ease. Kate is very friendly and welcoming and all the ladies attending were great. It was a really lovely day and Kate was a brilliant guide.I’d put planning solo hikes off, but now armed with my new knowledge and confidence, I’m looking forward getting out there.Kate, thank you. I also can’t wait to go on more of your hikes soon.
Madeleine HammondMadeleine Hammond
20:55 04 Apr 23
Kate is a fantastic guide and leader. I feel inspired and motivated to undertake more treks, which as an inexperienced woman who wants to get more outdoorsy feels so empowering. However, my favourite part is the adventuress community - I have done both the compass navigation and confidence outdoors courses, and the community that Kate has an integral role in developing of Adventuresses feels like a truly welcoming, supportive environment. I’ve already booked onto more adventuress walks - if you’re not sure, just sign up!
Eleonora PasselliEleonora Passelli
08:00 04 Apr 23
I've been thinking about joining this group for so long and I'm so glad I finally did! So nice to get out of London with some likeminded, friendly people. Kate is a great guide, very knowledgeable and always making sure everyone feels welcome. I also like that there are a lot of options, from day hikes to overseas trips to bouldering. Very highly recommended!
Annie SmithAnnie Smith
06:11 04 Apr 23
I’ve had such a brilliant time on my days with the adventuress gang! I did a couple of hikes in January and the confidence outdoors course in March. Kate is very experienced and knowledgeable, and creates a really relaxed and friendly environment. It’s a lovely way to meet like-minded people whilst exploring some beautiful places and building confidence to go it alone at some point. Highly recommend!
Rebecca MacDonaldRebecca MacDonald
13:17 14 Mar 23
Such a great community to be a part of! I'm new to town, so I was nervous to start coming out, but Kate and the girls made me feel welcome right away. I now attend the hikes and bouldering and beer sessions regularly. The group that turns up is always a mix of new and familiar faces, and everyone receives that same warm welcome. Getting outside is medicine for me. Getting outside with other women is even more so. For any women looking to get into nature more and meet other women who like doing the same, I can't recommend this group enough!
Sarah BattenSarah Batten
16:14 12 Mar 23
I had a fantastic time hiking in Epping Forest with such lovely friendly people. Kate is a brilliant guide and is so welcoming - I felt very welcome attending on my own. Such a great way of getting out into the countryside and escaping London! Highly recommended.
Andreea CraciunAndreea Craciun
19:14 13 Feb 23
Kate is a great guide and she's managed to create an amazing community of women around her. The hikes she organizes are not only a way of exploring London and its surroundings, but also to connect to other people. 10/10 would recommend
Miri GlogerMiri Gloger
08:23 19 Jan 23
Such a vibe! I was pretty stoked when I first found Adventuresses and even more so now that I have attended a few events. Kate is a great guide, always full of fun facts about nature and making sure everyone feels safe and welcome. What I love most though is the community, a bunch of cool chicks you get to hike/climb and have a drink with. Thanks for creating this, you'll be seeing my face a lot :)P.S. make sure to join one of the abroad adventures, it was truly an experience of a lifetime 😍
Effie ParaskevopoulouEffie Paraskevopoulou
19:29 02 Jan 23
I've joined several adventures with Adventuress in the Wild, and I can confidently say that they are life changing experiences. As someone who moved to the UK, they gave me the opportunity to explore the outdoors around London and meet new people in a safe, friendly environment.Kate is a very experienced and organised guide, and she has created a platform that empowers women in many ways. I couldn't recommend them more.

Conquer your mountains

Adventuress is all about pushing your boundaries to experience life beyond your comfort zone

What’s waiting for you there? A sense of empowerment that’ll leave you filled with confidence, and the realisation that you have it in you to achieve more than you ever imagined

Our guides and members of the community are super supportive, and above all we love to have fun. Laughter is 100% guaranteed

Our ethos

We recognise that some of you do not feel like you are represented in the world of outdoor pursuits, so we are on a mission to show that the outdoors is for everybody, so lets get out there and have some amazing adventures