Snowdonia Packrafting Adventure - Adventurous Ewe

Snowdonia Packrafting Adventure

Dates & Availability

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Brand new pack-rafting and trekking adventure in the heart of Snowdonia
  • A two-day self-powered journey through the Gwydir Forest and the Conwy Valley 
  • Witness the vast night skies with a true wild camp in ancient oak woodland
  • Learn new skills from tarpology to responsible fire making and tips on ultra-light travel and foraging 
  • Experience an amazing journey’s end at the World Heritage listed Conwy Castle
  • Celebrate completing this epic journey with some fresh local mussels, fish & chips, (or a pint on the quay!) 

Registration fee: £75 per person, payable on signing up and is non-refundable
Remaining balance: £190 per person, payable 5 weeks prior to the challenge start date

You are welcome to join this awesome adventure with family, friends, colleagues or as an individual. 

OVERVIEW

The ultimate way to experience the rugged landscape of Snowdonia National Park under your own steam. This packraft adventure links up the very best of what North Wales’ terrain has to offer like nobody else, all in one amazing trip. You will journey from the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed through Gwydir Forest including two lakes before spending a wild night under the stars learning responsible fire starting and camping. Waking to the sound of birds chirping you will continue your journey to the valley floor before jumping back onboard your pack-raft on the river at Trefriw for your final paddle to the walled town of Conwy with the historic Conwy Castle marking your exit point. Here you will have the chance to celebrate your wilderness weekend by sampling some of Conwy’s famous local mussels, enjoy some fish & chips or enjoying a pint on the shorefront whilst peering over to the famous ‘Smallest House in Britain’. This adventure has it all.

You don’t have to be a pro at paddling or camping, just have an adventurous spirit and great determination which will see you conquer this self powered journey through Snowdonia National Park. 

If the above dates don’t suit you and you have a group of over 8 people, please get in touch as we’d be happy to set up a date that meets with your requirements between April – October (dependent on availability).
Simply email: info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

In the lead up:

  • Personalised event support from Adventurous Ewe HQ
  • All adventure info supplied via our mobile travel app: Vamoos
  • Discount code with Joe Brown & The Climbers Shop and ashmei sporting apparel; both online and in store
  • Public liability insurance
  • Risk assessment & emergency management

During your adventure:

  • Adventure briefing 
  • Adventurous Ewe & Tirio Trek & Packraft Leaders
  • Packrafts, paddles and buoyancy aids
  • Packraft briefing, instruction & support 
  • Tents, sleeping mat and cooking kit for overnight wild camp
  • Choice of camp meals for dinner and breakfast
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and emergency supplies
  • Entrance permission to national parks 
  • Filling of water bottle/s and thermos (you must provide your own water bottles and thermos)
  • Return transfer from the finish point at Conwy to the start point at Betws-y-Coed (if pre-booked)
  • Donation made to our environmental charity partner, Cool Earth

Not included:

  • Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List including a sleeping bag
  • Water bottle/s and thermos for filling and refilling. Please provide your own bottles as this is to minimise the use of plastic bottles
  • Accommodation the night before or after your adventure. Recommendations for hotels, B&B’s, hostels and camping provided when you register
  • Personal snacks and electrolytes
  • Personal spending money.

Itinerary

Day 1

Your self powered adventure begins.

Starting in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, your journey will see you trek over a mountain pass and through idyllic woodlands before setting up your packrafts and paddling across two stunning lakes in the Gwydir Forest. After a full day of adventure it’s time to set up a true wild camp for the evening in the rugged setting of an ancient oak woodland. Our expert advice will ensure you have a comfortable night’s sleep in the great outdoors and learn new skills: from tarpology to responsible fire making and outdoor cooking skills as well as tips on ultra-light travel and foraging. You’ll be tucked up asleep in plenty of time ready for the next day’s leg of the journey…

We incorporate our ‘leave no trace’ principles including responsible fire lighting, setting up/going to the loo in the wild and ensuring we leave the camp and our surroundings in pristine condition. 

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Day 2

You’ll awake to the early morning sounds of the woodlands, have a camp breakfast before packing up to be ready for the next exciting leg of your journey.

Leaving your wild camp in pristine condition, you will trek through the woodlands and down to Conwy Valley floor whilst taking in some incredible views of the basin. On reaching the banks of the river at Trefriw, your packraft journey continues as you paddle with the river flow towards Conwy. The valley opens up before you as you leave the mountains behind. The river becomes estuary and the changing scenery along the shoreline will keep you in awe as you paddle towards the finish your epic self powered journey at the World Heritage listed Conwy Castle. This famous castle continues to dominate the town and the mouth of the Conwy River, as it’s done ever since Edward I first planted it here in the late 13th century. It marks the perfect place to disembark your packraft and venture into this historic walled town to enjoy some fresh local mussels, fish & chips or even a pint on the quay before being transferred back to your starting point at Betws-y-Coed.

This adventure allows you to experience Snowdonia from a completely unique perspective, away from the crowds and gain real local flavour from the Adventurous Ewe and Tirio Team.

 

 

Essential Information 

Trek
Your self powered journey will take you from the spectacular mountains to the sea. Your trek will see you hike through Gwydyr Forest, home to stunning lakes and mountains in the heart of Snowdonia. You will journey over a mountain pass and through idyllic woodland allowing you to experience the breathtaking scenery that Snowdonia is famous for. With being a packraft adventure, you will hike along quieter trails and experience the North Wales wilderness at it’s best. 

Packraft
Full instruction will be provided by your Tirio Packraft Guide so you will learn the skills required to set up, paddle and steer your packraft before you set off on your scenic journey journeys across two lakes and down the Conwy Estuary.  No previous paddling experience is needed and you will be accompanied by Paddling Leaders. You will carry your own packraft as part of your journey and set up your raft for each paddling section of your venture. Buoyancy aids and paddles included. Please note, the route on the day is dependent upon weather conditions.

Pre-adventure info
On booking onto this adventure, you will receive all the exciting information via our mobile travel app, Vamoos. You’ll have access to all your adventure info, training guide, countdowns, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24/7 via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead.

Pre-adventure support
With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on a UK event and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the UK in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure.

Safety
Adventurous Ewe prioritises the safety of all of their adventurers and staff, and as such have developed a thorough safety management system. This encompasses comprehensive risk assessments and procedures together with audits of all aspects of your challenge from vehicles to accommodation to the activities. Your health and safety is our top priority.

Leaders and support crew
You will be accompanied by experienced Adventurous Ewe and Tirio Leaders and Crew. Leaders are first aid qualified and have extensive experience in leading expeditions throughout the UK. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group. Leaders and Crew will carrying full safety equipment and respective first aid kits with them at all times. Please note, these kits are for emergencies only so please come prepared with your own personal first aid items. 

Group size
The minimum group size for this challenge is 6 people and the maximum group size is 12 people.

Training
A training programme will be provided when you sign up for this adventure to help you with your preparations. The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge. Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!

How fit do I need to be?
The more training and prepared you are for this challenge, the more you will enjoy the experience. This is a great introduction to a wilderness, self powered journey and is very achievable whilst giving you a great sense of achievement. A training programme will be provided when you sign up for this event. We recommend that you have experience of hiking in the outdoors however you do not require any expert paddling skills. A good level of fitness and stamina will help you complete this amazing adventure.

Kit
A full kit list will be provided when you register for this challenge. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic adventure and an uncomfortable one. Well worn in waterproof hiking boots are essential together with a good quality waterproof jacket AND trousers. An exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code will be provided for the independent outdoor retailers Joe Brown, The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel on registering for this challenge.

Weather
The weather in the mountains can change rapidly so it is essential that you are prepared for all conditions including rain, wind and heat. We recommend checking the Mountain Weather Information Service at http://www.mwis.org.uk/. The Leader/s reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it.  In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

Getting there and back home
You will need to make your own way to Betws-y-Coed by car or train. The closest train station is Betws-y-Coed. For your return home, you can catch the train from Llandudno Junction with direct links to Chester, Crewe and London Euston. If you require a return transfer from the finish to the start of the challenge, this can be arranged if you pre-book with us. Further information will be provided once you book onto this adventure. 

Accommodation
One night’s wild camp is included in your adventure. Two-person tents and sleeping mats are provided however you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. If you wish to stay the night before or after your adventure, once you have registered for this challenge we will provide you with a list of recommended places to stay including hotels, hostels, B&B’s and campsites.

What food and drinks are included?
A camp dinner and breakfast will be provided as part of this adventure. These are typically freeze dried meals which you add boiling water. We recommend that you bring your own snacks, both sweet and savoury. Please let us know prior to the challenge start date if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.

Water-To-Go Bottles
The impact of single use plastic is having on our landscape, wildlife and oceans, it is now more important than ever that we all make changes in order to help our planet. We may not be a huge global company but we’re passionate about playing our part and trying to make a huge difference collectively. Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’ You can make a difference too with taking part in one of our UK events and purchasing one of these environmentally friendly reusable alternative bottles compared to single-use plastic water bottles. Grab a Water-to-Go bottle through Adventurous Ewe and receive a 15% discount. Even better, Water-to-Go will donate a further 15% to our charity partner, Cool Earth. For more info please visit https://www.adventurousewe.co.uk/water-to-go-bottle-partner-sheep/ or email us at susan@adventurousewe.co.uk to buy your Water-To-Go bottle.

What we do to help protect environment
Locally, we help support the vital work of the Snowdonia Society who since 1967 continues to work tirelessly to ensure that Snowdonia is well-protected, well-managed and enjoyed by all.  

We are also very excited to have teamed up with leading climate change charity Cool Earth, who share our mission to protect the planet’s precious environment in a sustainable manner. The future of rainforest protection is where everyone makes a difference to climate change! We invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth. You are most welcome to help make a difference too by sparing a few pennies. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by visiting https://www.coolearth.org/campaigns/28292/adventurous-ewe/. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet. Thank-ewe

How to book 
Register via the website where you will create an account or log back in to your existing account.

You will need to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £75.00 per person at the time of booking. You will be fully supported in the lead up to your challenge with information, training guide, kit list and discount codes for Joe Brown & The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel. All information will be provided via a mobile app per Vamoos.

The remaining balance of £190.00 per person is required to be paid no less than 5 weeks prior to your adventure start date.

Please get in touch with us at email at info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069 if you would like further information on the Snowdonia Packrafting Adventure or wish to make any group booking enquiries. We look forward to welcoming you to Snowdonia.

Difficulty Rating
This challenge has a rating of Medium
Cost
£ 265

Responsible Tourism

We are very excited to have teamed up with leading climate change charity Cool Earth, who share our mission to protect the planet’s precious environment in a sustainable manner. The future of rainforest protection is where everyone makes a difference to climate change!

We have also invested in Water-to-Go products so you, our valued flock, will be healthier whilst also helping to make the World a better place! Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’

As part of our commitment to helping the planet, members of the flock who join us for a big overseas expedition will receive an Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go bottle. This is our way of saying thank-ewe and also making a difference to the consumption of single use plastics in developing countries.

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