Snowdonia YHA Round Trip

Karen, Nottinghamshire

Snowdon Ranger YHA sign

I’ve known Emma for over five years and had always wanted to do a multi-day YHA to YHA trip, so I asked her if she would plan it it for me. This sort of trip appeals to me because I like multi-day walks but I don’t like sleeping in a tent. Walking from A to B on foot and having a warm, dry ‘real’ bed for the night is so appealing. I can highly recommend it.

Emma did all the planning and route finding so I just had to follow. We walked an average of 5-7 miles per day and some of it was hard going (for me, anyway) including getting to the Snowdon summit.

The walk was a circular, starting and finishing at Snowdon Ranger YHA.  I left the car there until we returned four days later. (Emma had pre-arranged this with the YHA so just a note to check first if you want to do something similar).

day 1: snowdon ranger to pen y pas yha via snowdon summit

We left Snowdon Ranger YHA after a relaxed breakfast and walked out into mist and rain, which stayed with us for much of the day. I haven’t been up to the Snowdon summit for quite some time so I was looking forward to being up there again although I knew it would be hard walking. Emma encouraged me all the way and we took breaks as often as I needed to. It’s was great to have a guide because I could relax and enjoy the walk.

We arrived at Pen Y Pass about 5:00 and it’s the first time I’ve bee

n there. Lovely hostel and quite large. I had a fantastic room, which seemed brand new with a view over the mountains.  A comfortable bed at the end of a days walk is just what the body needed.

day 2:  pen y pass yha to idwal cottage yha

Had a great nights sleep and once again, did not have to leave at the crack of dawn so I was able to enjoy my breakfast. Day 2 took us over the Glyders around the back of Tryfan. It was misty but warm which had us removing layers very quickly before we began the ascent up towards the ridge.

The weather continued to improve all day and we went up to the top of Y Garn before dropping down to to the next YHA for the night – Idwal Cottage. What a wonderful hostel, my favourite so far – it’s small, quiet, feels remote and the managers are lovely people.

day 3: idwal yha to llanberis yha

Left Cottage Idwal rather sadly but looking forward to getting back there soon.

day 4: llanberis yha back to snowdon ranger yha

The last day was the shortest in terms of milage which was fantastic as my legs were needing a bit of a rest. We set off early and walked in rain for much of the morning, however we were sitting on the porch of Snowdon Ranger YHA by lunchtime and I very gratefully sank down on to the bench outside, removed my water proofs and ate lunch.

I had completed my first YHA to YHA trip and despite some bad weather and a few sore muscles, I throughly enjoyed it! I now feel more confident about planning a trip for myself or friends. Emma was great. She included me in each day’s planning and I got some navigation lessons along the way, and she’s easy company.