North Wales is home to 14 peaks over 3,000ft and there are more than 90 mountain summits altogether.
The region has some of the best and most varied climbing in the world and many visitors come here for the exhilaration of scaling the craggy peaks. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of enjoying a view that you have really earned: there’s a reason we associate great happiness with being ‘on top of the world’!
However experienced you are, and wherever you’re climbing or walking, it’s important to go out fully equipped. The weather can change dramatically in a short time in North Wales – and as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as the wrong kind of weather, just the wrong kind of clothes. Always wear appropriate footwear and take a backpack with extra layers and waterproofs. Plan your route well and take a map, torch and compass with you.
If you’d prefer to do your walking in the company of an expert guide, then there are plenty of options. Take a look below at how to get started.
Joe is an experienced mountaineer who is passionate about introducing people of all ages and abilities to the splendour and boundless potential of the North Wales landscape.
An authority on walking and climbing on Anglesey and throughout Snowdonia, Joe is a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and the Mountain Training Association. Mountaineering. Joe and his team offer a range of coastal walking, hillwalking and mountaineering courses which will help you develop your skills and enhance your experience in the great outdoors.
Expect a friendly atmosphere as well as plenty of local knowledge and enthusiasm for the landscape and environment. Maximum group size for walks and treks with one guide is six, but larger groups can be accommodated by prior arrangement.
Blue Ocean provide comprehensive climbing adventures, abseiling adventures and mountain walks in North Wales that can also be combined with Wild Camping and Survival Skills (Bush Craft).
Bush Craft is great to combine with our climbing adventures. Guides will train you in the basics of wilderness survival. You will learn to catch and cook your own food, search for and recognise edible foods, make a shelter for the night and learn out to start a campfire. This overnight experience will teach you life-saving skills and will bring out the inner child in you.
Each activity can be customised to suit customers' needs. With the help of fully trained and experienced local guides who are experts in the area, Blue Ocean can provide adventures across Snowdonia and Anglesey.
Boulder Adventures is a leading adventure company which delivers guided climbing and walking activities across Snowdonia, Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsula. So whether you’re holidaying near Betws y Coed or Holyhead they will have an activity venue nearby.
Their qualified and friendly instructors will you through some of the most rugged mountains in North Wales. They will shape an itinerary to suit you and your group, whether you want to conquer Snowdon, be guided on a challenging scramble up Tryfan, or stick to a scenic low-level walk.
Snowdonia Adventure Activities are passionate about sharing their love of this region’s beautiful landscapes. Their local, qualified instructors can take you up Snowdon or one of the lesser frequented mountains in the Snowdonia National Park such as Cadair Idris, Rhinog Fach, Glyder Fawr or Cnicht.
For the more confident, a day battling the terrain on one of Snowdonia's numerous classic mountain climbs is a real adventure. Classic mountaineering scrambles such as the knife-edge ridge of 'Crib Goch' or Tryfan's legendary 'North Ridge' are truly exciting days out.
The enthusiastic and professional instructors at North Wales Active will guide you on any walk, scramble or expedition route that you would like to try.
Their natural stomping ground is in the Moelwyns, Carneddau or any other Snowdonia range. Because they know this area so well they’ll be able to take you off the beaten track to see some of the best sights in Snowdonia.
Whether you'd like a mountain hideaway or a family-friendly beachside home, we have a cottage that's perfect for you.
Take a look at our featured properties in North Wales.
Featured 17 Victoria Terrace - Perthi Nantlle, Snowdonia "Our second visit, the cottage is quaint, cosy and spotless and located in my view the most stunning valley in the Snowdonia National Park" says one guest!
Sleeps : 5
£295 - £525 per week
Changeover day : Sat
Featured Clynnog House Newborough, Anglesey "Wow oh wow! A stupendous house great for family and friends gathering together, I love the neon sign in the kitchen."
Sleeps : 12
£1235 - £3710 per week
Changeover day : Fri