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From the blogs – New Snowdonia Walking Trail

From the blogs – New  Snowdonia Walking Trail

The latest post in our from the blogs series on Rohantime features news of a new walking trail
New walking trail always gets our interest. This one is no exception. Reported in BBC Wales…

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Snowdonia walking trail to give slate villages £1.5m boost

Small slate towns in Snowdonia could get a £1.5m tourism boost from a new walking trail, it has been estimated.

The 84 mile (135 km) route starts at Porth Penrhyn in Bangor and visits places including Bethesda, Llanberis, Beddgelert and Betws-y-Coed.
Volunteers have spent four years linking up existing paths to create the slate trail which opened on Friday.
The Snowdonia Society said it will help smaller places “off the beaten track”.
It was the brainchild of Aled Owen, who lives at Penmachno – one of the villages the new trail visits.
He had the idea after doing the Wainwright Society’s coast to coast 192 mile (309 km) walking route in northern England… read more

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From the blogs – Snowdonia Fundraising Campaign Launched

From the blogs – Snowdonia Fundraising Campaign Launched

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The latest post in our from the blogs series features a recent article in TGO Magazine

A £250k fundraising campaign is launched to fix ‘broken’ paths in Snowdonia
A quarter of a million pounds is urgently needed to repair broken paths and restore wildlife habitats in Snowdonia, the National Trust has said. The conservation charity, which looks after almost 23,500 hectares (58,000 acres) of mountain and farmland in Snowdonia, is hoping to raise the shortfall from a fundraising campaign launched this month…read more

Launched 6 February, the fundraising appeal will run right through until the end of 2017.
Read more  about the fundraising campaign or call 034 800 1895.
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Hillwalking in North Wales

The Trinity Face of Snowdon

Hillwalking in North Wales

A group from Rohan’s marketing team take advantage of the recent fine weather with a walk up Snowdon.
Still a fair way to go! The summit of Snowdon
Last Thursday, the day before the Royal Wedding, a group from Rohan’s marketing team went up to North Wales for a day’s walking. There were five of us from Rohan: Andrea, Helen, Laura, Phil and Sandra – basically, the team that produces our catalogues, websites and emails.
Lee and stu
We met up with Lee Roberts and Stu Stanley in Betws-y-Coed for a couple of drinks on the Wednesday evening. Lee and Stu are members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and have been organising a really popular series of days out in Scotland and Wales for Rohan enthusiasts over the last year. It was a great opportunity to catch up with them and have a think about what we can arrange for the coming year. Without giving too much away, there’s plenty in the pipeline. So make sure you’re signed up to Rohan Connect, if you’d like to receive an invite.
Pen-y-pass from the Pyg Track
With such a good weather forecast, it was decided that we should go as high as possible and take advantage of the fantastic visibility. In North Wales that means 1085m – the summit of Snowdon via, in our case, the Pyg Track.
Crib Goch and the Pyg Track from Pen-y-pass
The day got off to an unexpectedly good start: we managed to get the last two spaces at the Pen-y-pass car park. The first hour or so leading up to Bwlch y Moch is fairly steep and usually a bit of a shock to the system. At least today it was a pleasant temperature and we had the bonus of great views up the , – the famous crags on the north side of the Pass with Llyn Peris and the slate quarries in the distance.
Lliwedd and Llyn Llydaw
The view from the col must be one of the best in Wales: Crib Goch to the right, the huge cliffs of Lliwedd straight ahead, Llyn Llydaw beneath us and, hiding round the corner, the pyramidal peak of Yr Wyddfa – Snowdon.
The summit of Snowdon
A couple of hours later, after a few sneaky breathers to admire the view and the consumption of plenty of snacks and treats, we were on the top. And ready for more snacks and treats in Hafod Eryri, the rather magnificent new visitor centre and well-stocked cafe at the top of the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway train
With no rush to get down, it was great to spend a bit of time on the summit on such a beautiful day. It was also fantastic to see so many people (hundreds in fact) enjoying the weather – sunbathing, taking ‘group shots’ for each other, eating their picnics, reading their books, watering their dogs, soaking up the views, drinking tins of beer, regretting their choice of charity fancy dress costume and, in one case, carrying their massive log. (I think he was training for the marines or something.)
The Snowdon Mountain Railway with Llyn Peris and Llanberis in the background
We decided to go down by the Llanberis Path – a lovely, gentle descent parallel to the railway, in the late afternoon sun all the way, passing by Cloggy and leading directly to an ice cream shop on the outskirts of Llanberis: perfect.
Rambling down the Llanberis Path slate quarries in the background
A fantastic day and nice to see so many Rohan enthusiasts out and about making the most of the fine spell (hi to everyone we spoke to).
And remember, keep an eye out on Rohan Connect for your invitation to more days out with Stu and Lee: if you like the outdoors and you like a good laugh, you’ll have a great time with these two.
 

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Snowdonia Activities for Easter

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Ten Snowdonia Activities for Outdoor Enthusiasts this Easter

Whether you’re a confirmed adrenalin junkie or simply enjoy keeping reasonably active, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities in Snowdonia. From gentle walks to hair-raising activities like canyoning and white water rafting, boredom on your UK holiday in Snowdonia is never an option.
With all that ‘great outdoors’ on the doorstep, outdoor enthusiasts never have to look far for their next adventure in Snowdonia. After all, Snowdonia is widely regarded as the UK’s number one activity centre – a title we think is richly deserved.
Whatever your favourite outdoor activity is, you’re bound to find a way to do it in Snowdonia. From watery pursuits like kayaking and rafting to treetop hi-jinks for little monkeys of all ages, you’ll find them all on your activity holiday in Snowdonia.
All over Snowdonia there are scores of activities to suit all tastes. It wasn’t an easy choice, but here are ten of our favourite Snowdonia activities.
1. Mountain biking at Coed y Brenin
The activity-packed forest at Coed y Brenin has won numerous awards, and world-class racers regularly train here. You can bring your own bike or hire one on-site; once you’re on your bike follow the colour coded trails through the forest until you’re ready to return to the lodge for refreshment surrounded by absolutely stunning views.
2. White water rafting
The National White Water Centre, Canolfan Tryweryn, offers white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking courses for groups and individuals. You can also combine your rafting with other activities including pony trekking, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting or bushcraft, on one of Canolfan Tryweryn’s adventure activity breaks.
3. Plas y Brenin – the National Mountain Centre
Plas y Brenin offers so many outdoor activities, you could easily spend weeks here trying your hand at a new activity every day. Rock climbing, hillwalking, navigation, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, mountaineering and even skiing can be enjoyed at Plas y Brenin… which activity will you choose?
4. Bala Adventure and Watersports
At Bala Adventure and Watersports, on the shore of Llyn Tegid, Bala, you can try your hand at all sorts of activities, both wet and dry. As you’d expect, there are plenty of watersports on offer, including windsurfing, sailing, powerboating, canoeing and kayaking; but there are also plenty of other activities to try out, including archery, abseiling, canyoning and hillwalking.
5. Glasfryn Parc
More wet and dry activities await you at Glasfryn Parc, on the A499 just outside Pwllheli. Their wakeparc has two lakes, two system 2.0 cables, two wall rides and a new flat bar, and plays host to the Spring Wakeboard Open on 2 April 2011. But that’s not all that’s on offer at Glasfryn. You can also enjoy go-karting, archery, ten pin bowling, fishing and quad biking at the park, which also has indoor play areas suitable for small children.
6. Dragon Raiders Paintballing
Within the vast woodland at Dragon Raiders Paintballing, just outside Pwllheli, are four game areas, each of which has its own individual objectives. There’s also a shooting gallery, so you can get a bit of practice in before you start annihilating your enemies. And whether you win the battle or lose the war, you can wind down after your session with a snack and a drink at the on-site canteen.
7. Pick a leisure centre… any leisure centre…
There are a dozen leisure centres in the Snowdonia region, so take your pick and get stuck in. Many have swimming pools, some have climbing walls; there are badminton and squash courts, football pitches, fitness rooms and saunas. Facilities and opening hours vary from one leisure centre to the next, so do check before you visit.
8. King (or queen) of the swingers
If you’ve a head for heights and fancy seeing the world from a different angle, it’s worth giving one of Snowdonia’s treetop adventure centres a go. There’s a few to choose from: Go Ape at Coed y Brenin, Treetop Adventures at Betws y Coed, and Ropes and Ladders at Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, Once you’ve seen the world whizzing by while you dangle from a zip wire up in the forest canopy, you’ll never look at trees the same way again.
9. Padarn Country Park
There’s a lot more to Padarn than zipping from one tree to another. Here you can also enjoy orienteering, rock climbing, scuba diving, rowing, canoeing, sailing and good old-fashioned walking. And once you’re all tuckered out and ready to take things a bit easier, there are several museums, craft shops and other Snowdonia attractions close by.
10. Take a hike
Just walk. Who knows where your feet will take you? Up a gentle hill or along a zigzagging mountain path? Along soft, sandy shores where you can refresh your aching toes with a dip in the sea – or scrambling over rocks and investigating wildlife-rich rock pools? Though quaint medieval villages or to Neolithic burial chambers and hill forts? That’s the beauty of Snowdonia. Wherever you walk, you’ll always see something different. If variety really is the spice of life, life doesn’t get much spicier than Snowdonia.
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