SNOWDONIA SUP AND SUMMIT WEEKEND
28th-30th July 2023
SUP, hike, camp and wild swim on this fun filled weekend, exploring the most beautiful parts of Snowdonia National Park.
Arrival at your campsite in the heart of Snowdonia
Make your way to our family owned campsite in the heart of Snowdonia (Eryri), Pen Y Bwlch, and meet your hosts and the local farm animals.
Enjoy the views of the Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) and Glyderau mountain ranges with your Adventuresses and local hosts in the early evening for a chat through your weekend adventure that lies ahead. You’re most welcome to go to the friendly local village pub for dinner (Y Glyntwrog Inn) or if it’s a clear night you may be treated to a view of the milky way! At the end of the day you can crash in your cosy bell tent.
Accommodation: Bell tents (shared basis). Please bring your own sleeping bag & sleeping mat. These can be hired if needed.
Meals: Not included
Summit Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) at 1085m
Following a camp breakfast on the farm, your adventure starts with a hike to the summit of Snowdon l Yr Wyddfa meaning ‘Snow Hill’ at 1085m. You’ll ascend the highest peak in Wales via the quieter route of the Snowdon Ranger Path. A rocky and scenic trail up the eastern slopes with beautiful views down towards Llyn Cwellyn and the slopes of Mynydd Mawr rising steeply from its shores and even stretching to the coastline on a clear day.
On reaching the peak with one of the most famous and recognisable summit landmarks you’ll be rewarded with views over Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and even Ireland (on a clear day) and a great sense of achievement.
It’s then time to descend via the scenic route of the Watkin Path, originally opened in 1892 as a donkey track, which winds its way down the south side of the mountain almost to sea level. On your descent, you’ll pass through the ruins of an old slate quarry before having the chance to have a dip in the crystal clear, Watkin Path waterfall pools. The route then takes you through charming woodlands before emerging at the finish. Time permitting, you may have the chance to pop into Caffi Gwynant, a local café in a converted chapel, for a well-earned post-trek homemade cake or dessert, tea, coffee or local ale.
Following a full day in the mountains, you’ll return to Pen Y Bwlch campsite to rest those weary legs. You’re most welcome to go to the friendly local village pub for dinner (Y Glyntwrog Inn) or grab a take-away pizza from The Bakehouse and enjoy your local homemade pizza back at your campsite with views stretching across Snowdonia.
Transfers: private vehicle
Accommodation: Bell tents (share basis). Please bring your own sleeping bag & sleeping mat. These can be hired if needed.
Meals: Breakfast and a packed lunch (local produce)
SUP Snowdonia (Eryri)
Following your final camp breakfast on the farm, it’s time to grab the paddleboards for a morning on the water. Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) along the picturesque and less visited lakes in the national park. Whether you’re new to SUP’ing or wish to gain a few tips, this is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in nature whilst improving your core strength and general well-being.
Accompanied by your local SUP instructor, you’ll visit the best lake/s in the area to make the most of the weather conditions on the day. Rest assured the lakes we visit are ideal for paddleboarding and set amongst the spectacular mountainous backdrops in Snowdonia National Park.
We use O’Shea International Paddleboards, a locally based company in Abersoch owned by Farrel one of Britain’s leading windsurfing wave sailors. The O’Shea brand focused on high quality hardware, with extensive product testing by Farrel himself.
Following your SUP’ing sessions, it’s time for lunch and the chance to grab a final wild swim before your adventure comes to end and you head home, refreshed, rejuvenated and with some new adventure friendships made.
Transfers: private vehicle
Meals: Breakfast and a packed lunch (local produce)
- Personalised support in the lead up to your trip from Adventurous Ewe
- Exclusive discount on personal kit from a specialist outdoor retailer
- Multi Activity Training guide
- All trip info supplied via a free mobile travel app
- Public liability insurance
- Risk assessment and safety management.
On your adventure:
- 2 nights accommodation in shared bell tents
- Mountain Leaders and Paddleboard Instructors
- O’Shea paddleboard hire
- Paddles and buoyancy aids
- Paddleboard briefing, instruction & support on the lake
- Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
- Entrance permission to national parks & lakes
- Camp breakfast x 2 and packed lunch x 2 (local produce)
- Water bottle refilling
- Transfers between camp and the activities
- All challenge management and hygienic cleaning procedures of equipment before, during and post event.
There are not enough bell tents to offer a private bell tent, however, we can provide a solo tent if you prefer to sleep alone. The cost is £50 for 2 nights including tent hire, put up and take down. To request a single tent, please email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org with this request
Pen Y Bwlch campsite
Briefing at 18:00 at Pen Y Bwlch campsite. You are welcome to arrive earlier if you wish.
The campsite is a 20 minute taxi journey from Bangor train station.
Pen Y Bwlch campsite at approximately 15:00 / 16:00
Private vehicle transfers are included from the campsite to the activities. If you need a transfer from and to Bangor train station, please let us know and we can arrange this for you at an additional cost. If travelling by train, please ensure you purchase an open ended return train ticket.
If you are making your own way to Pen Y Bwlch campsite, you can take a train to Bangor train station and then a taxi from there to Pen Y Bwlch. There is onsite parking for any guests who drive their own car to the site.
A full kit list will be provided when you book on this trip. In summary:
- Paddleboard, paddle and leash
- Buoyancy aid
- Wetsuit (if needed)
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Soft duffel bag or rucksack for all your kit
Daypack (20-25 litres) for the trek
Sleeping bag (three season)
(These can be hired if needed)
Waterproof jacket with hood
Fleece jacket or similar
Trousers/shorts/skirts for hiking (not jeans)
T-shirts (merino wool or wick fabric)
Underwear and socks
Something to sleep in
Waterproof hiking boots (worn-in)
Lightweight shoes for around camp
Wetsuit supplied (or if you want to use your own in the lake – we suggest 3-5mm)
Board shorts and swim vest if forecast for warm weather
Neoprene gloves and socks (optional)
Towel, changing robe or dryrobe
Power bank or solar charger
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Reusable water bottle (x1 litre)
Water bladder/camelbak or similar for trek (2 litre capacity)
Favourite snacks and electrolytes
Energy bars and snacks
On booking the Snowdonia SUP & Summit weekend, you will receive all the exciting trip info via Adventurous Ewe’s free travel app. You’ll have access to your itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper to benefit the environment and the need of carrying around documents with you. A’ppy days.
This trip is being run for us by Adventurous Ewe, a small family business that pride themselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service. They appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on the Snowdonia SUP & Summit weekend and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We are here to help you every step of the way from the moment you sign up, all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the UK in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure.
Plus having created this adventure, both Jim and Sue are best placed to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small.
You will be accompanied by certified and local Adventurous Ewe Leaders and SUP Instructors throughout your Snowdonia SUP & Summit weekend.
They’re a friendly bunch with a huge level of care and a great sense of humour. Rest assured they are fully experienced and remote first aid qualified. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.
Leaders will carry safety equipment and first aid kits with them at all times. Please note, these kits are for emergencies only so please come prepared with your own personal first aid items.
Please note, the itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, the strength of the group, and other unpredictable factors. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that may occur. In all such circumstances, your Leader will have the final say.
We pride ourselves in small group adventures to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety & well-being and to make your experience more authentic.
The minimum group size for this trip to run is 8 people. The maximum group size is 12 people.
The Snowdonia SUP & Summit is graded as ‘Moderate’ dependent on weather conditions. Preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this adventure. A good level of fitness, endurance and some gritty determination will help you conquer each of the activities.
Trekking: the route follows established paths which are rocky and uneven. There are no technical climbing sections. Hiking boots are highly recommended given the uneven terrain and mountainous weather conditions. The trek should take approx. 6 hours to complete.
Paddleboarding: previous paddleboarding experience is not required as full instruction and support will be provided. As a safety precaution we recommend that you’re able to swim 25m in distance. If you are not a confident swimmer please let us know so we can make the necessary plans.
Exclusive Discount Codes
To help you get the very best from your multi activity adventure we will provide you with an exclusive discount code to use in independent UK outdoor retailers both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and your adventure.
The weather in the mountains in Snowdonia can change rapidly so it is essential that you are prepared for all conditions including rain, wind and heat. In the week leading up to your trip we recommend checking the Mountain Weather Information Service. You will also receive weather updates via our mobile travel app.
Please note, the Leader/s reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it as your safety and wellbeing is our top priority at all times. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
Food & Drink
Breakfasts at camp are filling with generous portions of cereal, porridge, toast, pastries with tea and coffee. Home-made packed lunches include sandwiches, crisps, flap-jack and fruit. You’ll need to bring your own snacks and drinks for the activities each day. Dinners are not included; your host will arrange a trip to the Glyntwrog Inn – a friendly local village pub in the heart of the Welsh countryside, offering a great selection of drinks and serving hearty food made using locally sourced ingredients. You should budget around £20 for dinner and a drink – extra if you fancy a few post-activity pints!
All dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan can be catered for: please just let us know on your booking form or email us at email@example.com.
Please bring your own water bottle/s and water bladder to refill. This avoids the purchase of single use plastic water bottles. You are also welcome to bring a flask so you can make a hot drink to take with you on the trek or paddleboard activities.
Deposit: £75 per person required on booking.
Remaining balance: £320 per person due for payment no later than 4 weeks prior to the trip start date.
Monthly payment plan
A monthly payment plan can be arranged for this trip. Please contact us for more information or to set up your plan. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069.
Your Adventurous Ewe Leader/s and Crew will have a mobile phones and radios communications in case of emergencies. The team are trained to deal with these situations. Please ensure you listen to your Leader during these times and refrain from putting any posts on social media during this time. Should you find yourself unable to continue with the trek, your Leader and crew will make the necessary arrangements. Depending on the situation, you will be met by the support vehicle (depending on access) and you will be transferred back to your accommodation or nearby medical facility as required.
28th-30th July 2023
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Conquer your mountains
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