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Snowdonia National Park in Wales

Visiting Wales this summer? Make sure Snowdonia is high up on your To Do list as it is a spectacular part of the country and should not be missed. Snowdon situated in Snowdonia National Park in Wales is the highest peak at an elevation of 1085 meters (3560 ft.) above sea level and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is the busiest mountain in the United Kingdom and the third most visited attraction in Wales. An avid hiker? It is definitely one for the bucket list.

Why visit Snowdonia National Park?

Due to its central location, Snowdon is the perfect place for exploring. With various transportation links meaning you can travel by road, rail, sea or air with ease.

  1. The scenery is captivating with an abundance of rare flora and fauna, only found within these parts of Wales.
  2. It’s not all mountainous, the coastline of Snowdonia is rated as some of the finest in Britain.
  3. You’ll come across beautiful walks in Wales – lowland forests, valleys, rivers and rolling pastures.
  4. There’s so much to do and so much to see – Fancy a hill trek, a trip to the beach or interested in history? This little pocket of Wales has it all.
  5. A train enthusiast? Snowdon’s mountain railway line is one of the most picturesque train rides which travels through and up the mountain region. Nothing but unspoilt greenery for as long as the naked eye can see. Utter bliss.

What should you wear on daily hikes?

We would recommend a decent sized rucksack or backpack to carry all of your essentials, one with adjustable straps would be ideal if you’re walking with other people so that you are able to take turns with carrying the load. Hiking clothes are an absolute must – decent walking clothing and boots are needed. Why? You need to be prepared for the unprepared!

As well as high quality walking boots, you will also need to invest in a good pair of anti-blister walking socks. Look no further, we can kit the whole family out from walking gear down to your socks and boots. Our socks are designed with a mixture of cotton, acrylic, polyamide and elastane which makes them extremely soft and breathable. They help you keep comfortable at all times, keep blisters at bay and make your feet happy and healthy. The adventure awaits!

Oh, and of course a hiking rucksack that fits well.

Please see our expert advice page on ‘How to Prevent and Treat Blisters’

Hitched Men’s Walking Socks £19.99

A Trespass customer-favourite –

Clive S.

These are great hike socks; never had a blister or a sore spot when using them, whether on hikes in the UK or on higher level treks around Kandersteg in Switzerland. Equally warm and comfortable for wearing around the house in winter! Second purchase of the same socks, so I would definitely recommend them.

Hadley Women’s Anti Blister Walking Socks £19.99

A Trespass customer-favourite –

Peter B.

I bought these for my wife and she loves them. They’re great for preventing blisters.

Vic Kids’ Anti Blister Walking Socks £7.99

A Trespass customer-favourite –

Lorraine A.

Love these, they are nice and thick and you can feel the two layers in them, which is probably how they prevent blisters. May come up slightly smaller but still very comfortable!

When is best to visit Snowdonia?

Wales is known for its erratic weather. If you’re planning a trip to Snowdonia, we would recommend going in the summer months as this is when the national park will have an atmosphere and a buzz surrounding it with people gathering from all around the world. A summer visit provides the best chance of sunshine and less chance of rain (we hope), longer days and warmer temperatures. However, it also has cons. If you’re a travel photographer and want to get ‘the perfect shot’, the region will be busier with more chance of larger crowds and increased prices.

Spring and autumn are also a great time to visit the park. This would be from early April to the start of November. In comparison to summer months, the days are reasonably shorter but the crowds are less and prices are fairly reasonable. During spring, the skies are often dramatic – great for photography however, potential threatening weather is something to consider. Winter months are the most challenging for travelling and for trekking, of course, due to ice and snow and greyer skies causing poor visibility. However, snow is within the name and it can become a winter wonderland – extra ordinary and stunning. A rare sight worth seeing.

Where is best to stay in Snowdonia? – in no particular order

Betws-y-Coed

Betws-y-Coed is a quaint village surrounded by the Gwydyr Forest. Best known for its nature and photography. Home to spectacular surroundings including rivers, natural waterfalls and the most important… a great pizzeria. Trust us – you’ll never want a Dominoes ever again.

Harlech

Be a sunset catcher at Harlech, a beautiful retreat for you and your loved ones. Harlech is a small seaside community in the county of Gwynedd which lies on the Tremadog Bay in the Snowdonia National Park. Eating fish and chips or artisan ice cream by the coast whilst watching the sun go down is a must. Harlech also offers history with the Harlech Castle situated just up from the shore.

Llanberis

Llanberis is known for its outdoor adventures, lying at the foot of Mount Snowdon it is the perfect base for enjoying the activities that they have to offer whilst appreciating the surrounding landscapes. If you love rock climbing, Llanberis offers some incredible mountaineering and there are spots for inland diving in a nearby quarry. Cool… right? They also have Zip World and Rope Works close by which is bound to get your adrenaline pumping!

Dolgellau

To summit it all off, we have Dolgellau which is best known for walking and cycling and is situated on the banks of the River Wnion. Dolgellau offers the best walking trails in Snowdonia – our favourites are Precipice Walk and Mawddach Trail. The village is also located for travelling out to the coast if you fancy a change in scenery.