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Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia is a region in northwest Wales concentrated around the mountains and glacial landforms of massive Snowdonia National Park. The park's historic Snowdon Mountain Railway climbs to the summit of Wales's highest mountain, Mount Snowdon, offering views across the sea to Ireland. The park is also home to an extensive network of trails, over 100 lakes and craggy peaks like Cader Idris and Tryfan.

Mountains in Snowdonia

Snowdon

 

Tryfan

 

Penygader

 

Crib Goch

 

Y Garn

ROCK CLIMBING

Snowdonia is a real climber’s playground, here’s our tips for the best spots

1. Plas y Brenin – (for all abilities)

The National Mountain Sports Centre is unmatched in its wide offering of courses and holidays for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re new to climbing and bouldering or you’re looking for some expert tips to help you reach the next grade, there’s something for everyone.

Find out more at: http://www.pyb.co.uk/

 

2. Great Gully – Craig yr Ysfa – (difficult)

Great Gully is one of Craig yr Ysfa’s classic climbs. With a difficulty rating of grade three, it’s not advisable for inexperienced climbers. For those up to the challenge though, it’s a varied route with breath taking views from the top.

The route can be downloaded from: http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/c.php?i=97331

 

3. Gashed Crag, First Pinnacle Rib, Grooved Arete – Tryfan (very difficult)

Boasting challenging yet popular climbs, you’ll be in great company on Gashed Crag, First Pinnacle Rib and Grooved Arete. Finding the routes can be complex, but no experienced climber should go home from Snowdonia without completing them. If bouldering is more your cup of tea however, there’s plenty on offer in Ogwen Valley.

Download the app for iPhone here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/north-wales-rock/id480197825?ls=1&mt=8

Download the app for Android here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thesend.activity

 

4. Milestone Direct Route – Milestone Buttress – (hard very severe – HVS)

Positioned close to the main road (A5) this route is easy to access. It can be difficult to find your foothold though due to the many climbers who’ve taken this approach over the years. Some bouldering is available nearby if you don’t have enough equipment for this hard very severe (HVS) climb.

The route can be downloaded from: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/milestone-buttress/106067285

 

5. Glyder Fach – (moderate to difficult)

Depending on your ability, there are 97 climbs to choose from. From the moderate Main Gully Ridge on the east buttress to the extreme Slim Chance on the Hawks nest buttress, you’ll find plenty here to get stuck into.

Routes can be downloaded from: http://www.summitpost.org/glyder-fach/305532

 

6. Carreg Wastad – Crackstone Rib & Wrinkle – (severe)

A busy route for competent climbers, Crackstone Rib takes you right up the middle of Carreg Wastad. Good rope work is required as you make your way up this well-trodden climb. There are some bouldering problems of various grades at Carreg Wastad and Llanberis Pass.

The route can be downloaded from: http://climber.co.uk/articles/uk-classic-climbs/uk-classic-crackstone-rib-s-4a-carreg-wastad-llanberis-pass.html

 

7. Flying Buttress – Dinas Cromlech – (very difficult)

This classic steep route boasts six pitches of full on climbing. Take care on the main wall on the third pitch as this is the most exposed. For those climbing at the very difficult grade, this route is sheer enjoyment from start to finish. There are lots of bouldering problems on the roadside below Dinas Cromlech.

The route can be downloaded from: http://mountaineeringjoe.co.uk/dinas-cromlech-flying-buttress-classic-route/

 

8. Llywydd – Avalanche/ Red Wall & Longlands Continuation – (hard very difficult – HVD)

Routes steeped in history, Avalanche, Red Wall and Longlands Continuation were used as training for the Mount Everest team of 1953. Although not as challenging as some of Snowdonia’s climbs, they’re classic routes which can be completed as part of Snowdonia Adventures’ rock climbing and coasteering courses.

Routes can be downloaded from: http://www.snowdonia-adventures.co.uk/rockclimbing/classic.html

 

9. Tremadog – Craig Ddu Wall – (very severe)

Pack your abseiling equipment and start climbing the big buttress of Tremadog. Made up of two pitches, Craig Ddu Wall is ideal for climbers used to grades very severe and above. There is limited bouldering nearby for those interested.

The route can be downloaded from: http://snowdoniamountainguides.com/Routes-Topos-Resources/Craig-List-North-Wales-Climbs-For-MIA.php

 

10. Tryfan Snowdonia – (moderate to hard very severe)

For scrambling, mountaineering and classic rock climbing, there’s nowhere better than Tryfan. Its clean rock makes it accessible regardless of the weather. A total of 79 climbs (of varying grades) up the east face of Tryfan will leave you spoiled for choice. There are plenty of bouldering problems at the foot of Milestone Buttress and further up the mountain.

Routes can be downloaded from: http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/

CYCLING IN NORTH WALES

Thousands of cyclists and mountain bikers come to North Wales every week for some of the best cycling in the UK.

A short journey brings you our panoramic views across mountains, lakes, forests and valleys where you can cycle our challenging climbs, technical singletrack and swooping descents. Quite simply, this area is a world-class cycling & mountain biking destination, for all the family and for all grades of cyclist.

for more info visit= https://www.ridenorthwales.co.uk/

RIVER RAFTING

The River Dee, Llangollen

This is one of the best rivers in the UK to raft. With the rapids ranging from grades 2-4 this trip will take you through different levels of excitement. Once kitted up you will be transported to the picturesque Horseshoe Falls. Following an individual safety briefing you are ready to head out onto the rapids such as Serpents Tail, Tombstones and the classic Town Falls. Don't forget to tell family and friends to come and watch you from the bridge in Llangollen! Your session will last for approx 2 1/2 hours. 

for more info visit

https://www.whitewateractive.co.uk/outdoor-activity-weekends/white-water-rafting-wales.asp

Chester Zoo

25 minute drive from Commonwood Leisure

Chester Zoo is a zoo at Upton by Chester, in Cheshire, England. Chester Zoo was opened in 1931 by George Mottershead and his family. It is one of the UK's largest zoos at 51 hectares. The zoo has a total land holding of approximately 160 hectares

 

Prices range from:
£20 to £25.45 for adults
£15.45 to £20.90 for children

for more info visit= https://www.chesterzoo.org/

Carden Park - Cheshire's Country Estate

A four star luxury Cheshire hotel complete with AA Rosette awarded restaurant, two championship golf courses and a brand new £10m spa.

for more info and booking spa visit

 https://www.cardenpark.co.uk/

GOLF

From Commonwood Leisure there are three golfing areas for all levels within a 15 minute drive

 

Wrexham golf club = https://www.wrexhamgolfclub.co.uk/

 

clays golf clubhttps://claysgolf.co.uk/

 

carden park hotel https://www.cardenpark.co.uk/golf/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7ZL6BRCmARIsAH6XFDIXUNMqcvdK2NVxlr-02DHDoZOnxuqcreqlS9shNohLGCx3rTXHA1QaAkqkEALw_wcB

Llangollen and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: 25 minutes

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee in the Vale of Llangollen in northeast Wales. The 18-arched stone and cast iron structure is for use by narrowboats and was completed in 1805 having taken ten years to design and build.

There are day boats for hire, so you can go meandering through the World Heritage Site experiencing sailing over the two magnificent Aqueducts at Pontcysyllte and Chirk, and navigate two tunnels and a swing bridge all in a day.

view the map = https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit-pdf/Pontcysyllte_Aqueduct_Canal_World_Heritage_Site.pdf

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