The Best Winter Walks in North Wales

Winter may be a time when the temperatures drop and the nights close in, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t venture into the great outdoors. There is still a whole world out there to explore, with North Wales offering some of the most stunning scenery in the UK.

In this blog posting, we will explore some of our favourite winter walks and the stunning scenery you can expect to see.

Shimmering Snowdonia Sandbanks, Borth y Gest and Porthmadog

Starting off close to the Golden Fleece, this 9½ mile walk follows one of the most beautiful river estuaries in Wales. As you follow the River Glaslyn to its mouth, you will experience a variety of rocky headlands, coves and beaches. You will then join Rock Sands Beach where you can see all the way to Ireland on a clear day. The route then heads inland through Porthmadog Golf Club and up the side of Moel y Gest hill, which offers a great opportunity to take in the stunning views of Snowdonia and Tremadog Bay.

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Mount Snowdon, Llanberis Path

Whilst climbing Mount Snowdon is no easy task – especially in winter – the Llanberis Path is one of the easiest routes, and offers some of the most stunning scenery. The total climb (there and back) is 9 miles, and usually takes around 6 hours – although varying conditions may mean it takes longer!

We would advise you to wrap up warm and check the weather conditions before trying this route!

Moel Eilio from Llanberis

Starting from a similar location to the foot of Llanberis Path, this quiet yet rewarding 7 mile walk takes you up one of the lesser known summits of the Snowdon range. Standing 726 meters tall, Moel Eilio offers stunning views of a wide range of mountains in the north-western area of Snowdonia National park.

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Yr Aran from Bethania

Starting in the small hamlet of Bethania, at the foot of Mount Snowdon’s Watkin Path, this 5½ mile walk takes you up to the summit of Yr Aran. Here you can witness glorious views of Snowdon and the surrounding peaks. The route also takes you through some interesting industrial archaeology, where you can explore the old working of the South Snowdon mines.

For directions and map information, click here.


If you fancy visiting North Wales and tackling one of these great walks, then why not stay with us in the town of Porthmadog?

Porthmadog is known locally as the gateway to Snowdonia, where most of these walks can be found. Visit our accommodation page for more information about staying with us!