Campervan Hiking Holidays in North Wales
Wander Beyond’s base in Chester is ideally placed for picking up a VW campervan rental and heading into North Wales for a hiking holiday.
What could be better than parking at the start of a circular trail, knowing that at the end of a long hike there’ll be a cup of tea and place to relax waiting?
Sound good? Here are a few ideas for a North Wales hiking holiday:
Best hiking trails in Snowdonia National Park
Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst, Conwy – in the Conwy Valley on the edge of the National Park, this route will take you via the Tudor castle and its former estate on an 8.5km moderate amble.
Yr Eifl, Llyn Peninsular, Gwynedd – this stunning 7km circular walk boasts epic views of the Llyn, with plenty of Welsh history to discover along the way.
Snowdon, Gwynedd – nothing beats the classic hike up the country’s highest peak. It will take about five hours and can be challenging at times, but there are easier routes – such as those better suited to families (see below).
Hiking with kids in Snowdonia National Park
Aber Falls, Gwynedd – just over four miles long, this route passes beautiful waterfalls and magical fairylike forest. Wellies are a must for stream paddling/traversing!
Llanbedr Woods, Gwynedd – nature loving children will be in their element on a walk through these woodlands, home to a huge variety of insects, birds and forest-dwelling creatures.
Coed y Brenin – a favourite Snowdonia National Park trail with families the 3.5 mile route goes deep into the forest, past waterfalls, verdant riversides and torrents crashing over rocks.
Snowdon – if heading up the main mountain is on the cards with kids, taking the Snowdon Mountain Train up to the summit so they only have to walk down is one option. Or the Rhyd-Ddu path is gentler for older children who can manage the ascent.
Snowdonia campervan campsites for hikers
Llyn Gwynant Campsite – perfect as a base for Snowdon, you can walk up Wales’ highest mountain right from the campsite itself.
Beddgelert Campsite – this idyllic campsite in the pretty village of Beddgelert is ideal for all; dog-friendly, with facilities for children and even its own stop on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway.
Bryn Gloch Caravan & Camping Park – an award-winning site in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. A definite bonus is the very spacious pitches.
Useful links for Snowdonia hiking
Planning a hiking trip to North Wales? Here are a few Wander Beyond recommendations:
For planning hikes:
- Countryfile’s Best Walks in Snowdonia
- The National Trust’s Top 10 Walks in Snowdonia
- Ellis Brigham’s 5 Family-Friendly Walks in Snowdonia
Boots rubbing or forgotten to pack something? Crib Goch Outdoor World has everything needed for hiking and more. Based in Llanberis, it’s an easy stop-off when hiking the Snowdonia trails.
For places to stay:
For a pit stop:
- A pot of tea and slice of bara brith is a ‘must do’ at the famous Tu Hwnt i’r Bont in Llanrwst.
- Stop in Cemlyn Harlech for a brew with a view!
- A post-hike Sunday dinner at Ty Gwyn makes for a suitable reward in a charming 16th century building.
- Tasty fare for the whole family is on the menu at The Groes Inn.
- The award-winning Mawddach is a real crowd pleaser too.
Give us a call at Wander Beyond for a bespoke VW campervan rental quote for your hiking adventure into North Wales.