Snowdonia Walking Festival

The Snowdonia Walking Festival takes place over the weekend of 12-14 October, with a series of guided walks across the National Park. All proceeds go to Wales Air Ambulance.

First encounter with Cwm Idwal, 237 kb
First encounter with Cwm Idwal
© Sean Kelly, May 2010

The event is jointly organised by Snowdonia National Park Authority and Wales Air Ambulance.

Every day at 10.00am twelve 'interesting and educational' guided walks will start off at different locations in Snowdonia. Each one is led by a local, knowledgeable and experienced leader and will vary in distance, grade and time.

Locations in the north of the Park include the foothills of the Carneddau from Llanfairfechan, Cwm Idwal, and the Pyg Track; in central Snowdonia Croesor, Cwm Bychan and an archaeological walk to Tomen y Mur near Trawsfynydd; and in the south the Panoroama Circular Walk from Barmouth, Foel Caerynwch from Brithdir and the Precipice Walk from Llanfachreth.

Booking is essential for each walk. At £15-20 per adult the fees are fairly steep, but all proceed go to Air Ambulance Cymru, and participants are encouraged to treat this as a fundraiser. Walkers will receive a Wales Air Ambulance goodie bag and a Cotswold discount voucher.

Speaking on behalf of Wales Air Ambulance, Valmai Mattula said:

'Snowdonia is famous the world over for its majestic, rugged beauty and the Snowdonia Walking Festival not only gives you a chance to explore this stunning National Park, but it also provides an opportunity to raise vital funds at the same time. Individuals and families can come along and we can also offer corporate packages for businesses looking for ways of fundraising with colleagues, or who would like to work on team-building skills and fulfil social responsibility schemes.'

Snowdonia National Park Warden Dewi Davies, one of the Festival walking guides, added:

'Going on a guided walk is one of the best ways to learn about the history, geology, culture and biodiversity of the area whilst appreciating the beauty and special qualities of Snowdonia at the same time. What we cannot guarantee however is the weather! Walkers should wear comfortable walking boots, a warm waterproof and windproof coat or jacket, and gloves and a hat. A rucksack with plenty of food and drink, extra water and sunscreen can also be handy.'

For more info see the Wales Air Ambulance website

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