Snowdonia’s unique hiking challenge
3 days – 100km
24 – 26 June 2022
ABOUT SNOWDONIA CHALLENGE
Snowdonia Challenge weekend each year sees individuals and teams of walkers from all over the UK (and further afield) challenge their mental, physical and emotional resilience in the beautiful surroundings of Snowdonia National Park.
Three days, three stunning but challenging routes and some of the best views Snowdonia has to offer.
Snowdonia Challenge routes take you away from the busiest areas of the national park. All routes are signed (no need to navigate) and you’re fully supported along the way.
Not for the faint hearted this challenge will take you on a journey of self discovery. It is inspired by multi-day challenges used as military training events in Europe.
Snowdonia Challenge is based in Betws-y-Coed, North Wales. The perfect base to explore some of the less visited parts of Snowdonia with some of the best views the national park has to offer.
Come as a team or on your own and chose 1, 2 or the full 3 days either as a fundraising challenge or just for fun.
Taking part in Snowdonia Challenge you will be part of an amazing experience where you will make new friends and explore parts of Snowdonia you’ve never been before.
The first Snowdonia Challenge was held in 2017. Created by Breese Adventures and inspired by an event in Holland which started in 1909 as a military training event and now attracts 46,000 military and civilian participants each year.
“I took part in Nijmegen Marches in 2009 and it was life changing. It took me on an incredible journey self discovery and proved to me what commitment and determination could achieve. I’m positive by taking part in Snowdonia Challenge you will experience the same range of emotions and feelings of personal achievement that I gained in 2009. I very much look forward to seeing you there and sharing this adventure with you.”
Tracey – Breese Adventures co founder and creator of Snowdonia Challenge
Day 1 – Gwydyr Forest and Llyn Elsi
Height gain 1530m
Rest Stop 1 at 12km (Water, snacks & toilets)
Rest Stop 2 at 26km (Water, snacks & toilets)
Day 1 takes us out south of Betws-y-Coed through Gwydyr forest to the stunning Llyn Elsi reservoir with panoramic views across to the Moelwynion and Carneddau.
From here we descend into our first rest stop Pas Penaeldroch Café, via the Sarn Helen roman road (260km/160m which follows a meandering course through central Wales, connecting Aberconwy in the north with Carmarthen in the west).
Once through rest stop one, we continue along by the Afon Lledr to the quite village of Dolwyddelan before heading up through Gwydyr forest, below the imposing Moel Siabod mountain.
The route now heads along open moorland towards Capel Curig before switching back on the old roman road passing Caer Llugwy Roman Fort.
The second rest stop will be a welcome sight, with an opportunity to stock up on water and snacks before heading back up into Gwydyr forest above Betws-y-Coed.
The final section of the day takes us close to Llyn Elsi again but this time we pick up the Jubilee path with stunning views across the Conwy Valley for our final descent back into Betws-y-Coed and the finish of day 1.
Day 2 – OGWEN VALLEY DAY
Height gain 900m
Rest stop 1 at 13km (Water, snacks & toilets)
Rest stop 2 at 18km (Water & snacks)
Day 2 takes us west out of Betws-y-Coed through Gwydyr forest above the Afon Llugwy until we reach the Tynllwyn Viewpoint which looks back down the Llugwy valley towards Betws-y-Coed.
The route now continues towards Capel Curig and as we come out of Gwydyr forest we have stunning panoramic views of the Snowdon Horseshoe, Moel Siabod and the Carneddau mountain range. The views on a clear day are simply breathtaking.
From here we descend into our first rest stop of the day at the legendary Moel Siabod Café, in our opinion the best café in North Wales. We highly recommend that you stop and sample the amazing homemade Siabod cakes!
Once through rest stop one, we continue along the Nant-y-Benglog valley with stunning views of Tryfan and the Carneddau, now heading towards rest stop two at Gwern Gof Isaf campsite.
Take time here to realise the shear scale of the U-shaped valley that you are standing which was formed by a glacier in the last ice age some 10,000 years ago.
We reverse on ourselves for 4km before heading off towards Llynnau Mymbyr with panoramic views of Snowdon Horseshoe from Capel Curig. A definite photo opportunity from the bridge on the lake.
The going from here is easy now as we head back via the old roman road and alongside the Afon Llugwy into Betws-y-Coed and the finish of day 2.
Day 3 – Day of the Lakes
Height Gain 1185m
Rest stop 1 at 9km (Water, snacks & toilets)
Rest stop 2 at 20km (Water & snacks)
Day 3 takes us north out of Betws-y-Coed through Gwydyr forest and up towards Cors Bodgynydd Nature Reserve heading towards our first lake Llyn Geirionydd.
Llyn Geirionydd which lies in the valley where the northern edge of the Gwydyr Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains and is the location of our first rest stop. It is a beautiful 1-mile long lake and covers an area of 45 acres (180,000 m2), but is never any deeper than 50 ft (15 m).
From here the route takes you around the lake and over into Gwydyr forest before descending to our second lake of the day, Llyn Crafnant. The Forest Park guide (2002) once stated that “the (view along Llyn Crafnant) is one of the most breathtaking views in all Snowdonia so be sure to take lots of photographs.
The route continues heading down towards the village of Trefirw and our second rest stop at Roualeyn Fuchsia Nursery.
Be sure to take plenty of water and snacks on board as the next section rises steeply above Trefriw back into Gwydyr forest heading towards our final lake of the day Lyn-y-Parc reservoir.
The final section of day 3 and the whole Snowdonia Challenges sees us heading down through the forestry into Betws-y-Coed for celebrations and deserved congratulations!
This challenge is suitable for anyone over 18 who is confident of their fitness levels or ready to commit to training over the next few weeks and months.
Individuals or TEAMS
Snowdonia Challenge is a great event for both individuals and teams.
Lots of people arrive on their own but soon become part of the big Snowdonia Challenge family.
Find out more about Individual Entry
Some of the teams that have entered so far:
- groups of friends
- groups of colleagues
- sports and social clubs
- military and veterans teams
- charity supporter
Find out more about Team Entry
Each morning we start nice and early (7am) from the beautiful village of Betws-y-Coed. On each day we follow a different route through the stunning Snowdonia mountains and forests starting from and returning to the same place each day.
Routes will start and finish on Cae Llan which is the green in the centre of the village.
The whole event takes part over 3 days and 3 different routes totalling 100km.
Routes will be well marked and marshalled the whole way by qualified Mountain Leaders and first aiders. There’s no needs to navigate, just enjoy walking, chatting and the stunning views!
Our Training Plans are specifically designed for this type of event. We recommend you are at ‘Tough’ or ‘Challenging’ level for this event, but even if you don’t feel fit enough yet you can start with the ‘Beginners’ plan and work your way up.
Fundraising is entirely optional!
Lots of individuals and teams take part in Snowdonia Challenge just to enjoy the 3 days. If this is you then you should visit the Individual Entry (less than 3 of you) or Team Entry (4 or more of you) pages.
For those that want to fundraise for a charity or cause Snowdonia Challenge is the perfect opportunity. For more inforuairton on fundraising for either your own chosen charity or one of our Partner Charities please visit the Fundraising Entry page.
If you chose to fundraise for one of our partner charities you can register for 3 days for just £120!
Snowdonia Challenge is a professional, well organised event created by a team of professionals who have your enjoyment and safety at the core of what they do.
Some of the things you can expect:
Before your challenge:
- Advice and support
- Access to resources such as Kit Lists, Training Plans and Fundraising Packs
- Full Information Pack emailed to you 3-4 weeks before your challenge
During your challenge
- A fully marked and marshalled route with experienced and qualified support the whole way
- Water and snack stations each day
- Full support team for the duration of your challenge
- First Aid and medical support
- Exclusive Snowdonia Challenge merchandise with all 3 day entries
- Other items sponsored by local businesses
- Souvenir Guide (electronic)
Snowdonia Challenge Entry Fees (per person):
Individual Entry – £50
Charity Entry – £45
Team Entry – £50
Individual Entry – £95
Charity Entry – £88
Team Entry – £95
Deposit – £45 (balance due by 31st March 2021)
Full Price – £132
Charity Entry – £120
Team Entry – £120
Deposit for 2 or 3 days – £45 pp (balance due by 31st March 2021)
You can also sign up for 3 days for £45 with some of our Charity Partners, visit the Fundraising Entry page for details.
Staying in Betws-y-Coed
There are 60+ accommodation providers to suit all budgets in and around Betws-y-Coed.
You will find all the information you need about staying and eating the village on the Visit Betws website.
We recommend you book your accommodation as soon as possible!
You should be prepared to carry a minimum of 2 litres of water (in a reusable water bottle)
There will be 2 water stations along the routes where you can refill water bottles.
Food and snacks
There will be snacks provided on each of the water stations. You should be prepared to carry all the food you need during the day, however on each day there will be at least one shop or cafe where you can buy sandwiches and other food and snacks.
Packed lunches will be available from stores in the village.
In the evenings Betws-y-Coed has plenty of places where you can buy food and drink, from a nice bowl of pasta to replenish energy to a delicious pizza.
"If Carlsberg did events they'd be coming to Breese Adventures for advice!"
"The best 100k we've ever done" - Snowdonia Challenge 2017
All members of the team we met were very helpful and encouraging. This has been one of the most organised events I have taken part in, you seem to have got it almost right 1st time, well done.
This was such a fantastic event, tough enough to be a challenge for mere mortals, yet achievable to anyone with the determination to train and push themselves. It was also an emotional journey that will stay with me for a long time.
The challenge was so phenomenally well organised and you, Tracey and your whole team were absolutely brilliant. See you all next year!
Well done guys on a very successful Snowdonia Challenge 2017. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend and cannot begin to thank you enough for such a well organised event. Every last detail was thought of and every person who formed part of the organisation for the weekend was knowledgeable, approachable and motivating! We met some fantastic people and made amazing memories. Thank you Tracey, Stiwart and team very very much. We wish you every success!!