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- Exclusive trip for members of the Adventure Queens community
- 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 Conwy quay!)
Are you a member of the Adventure Queens community? Then jump onboard this exciting new adventure to experience the stunning landscape of Snowdonia National Park. 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 to continue your journey to the valley floor before jumping back onboard your packraft on the river at the quaint village of Trefriw. As the river winds its way through the beautiful green farmlands framed by mountains you’ll paddle to the historic Conwy Castle marking your finish point. Here you will have the chance to celebrate your wilderness weekend by sampling some of Conwy’s famous local mussels, or enjoy some fish & chips or sample 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 some gritty determination which will see you conquer this self-powered journey through Snowdonia National Park.
If you have any questions please get in touch by emailing us at email@example.com or calling 01492 588 069.
We look forward to welcoming you to our home-land of Wales for this brand new adventure.
Evening prior – Betws-y-Coed
We recommend arriving in Betws-y-Coed the night prior to the start of your Adventure Queens trip so you have the chance to meet your crew and your fellow adventurers and attend a trip briefing. This is at your own expense allowing you the flexibility to book and have dinner where you wish. It’s a great little village to explore as it’s the gateway to the peaks and lakes of Snowdonia National Park. More info will be provided on booking this trip.
Trek, pack-raft and overnight wild camp
Your self-powered wilderness adventure begins.
Starting in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, your journey begins with trekking over a mountain pass before hiking through idyllic woodlands to reach the shores of a picturesque upland lake. Setting up your pack-raft, it’s time to paddle across this beautiful lake framed by the Gwydir Forest. After a full day of adventure it’s time to set up a wild camp in the secluded 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 following day’s 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.
Meals: Camp dinner
Accommodation: Wild camp (tents and camping equipment provided)
Equipment: Tents, sleeping matts, camping equipment, single pack-raft, buoyancy aid and paddles (all hygienically cleaned).
Trek and pack-raft
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’ll 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 pack-raft 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 an 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 pack-raft and the chance to 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 Team who’s hometown is Conwy.
Equipment: Single pack-raft, buoyancy aid and paddle
Transfer: Return from Conwy to Betws-y-Coed if needed
Homegrown multi activity adventure
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the tourism industry, we’re keen to promote adventures on home ground particularly to help support the local tourism industry here whilst also giving you the chance to get out and explore our incredible landscapes in a safe manner. Plus being part of the Adventure Queens community provides a supportive and fun environment with like minded women from across the UK.
This multi activity has been designed to deliver an amazing experience and showcase the some of the most stunning landscapes across Snowdonia whilst also giving you the chance to step out of your comfort zone and gain a greater understanding of the mountains, local environment and local communities. Plus you can experience different activities, learn new skills and traverse across Snowdonia under your own power with boots & boats.
On booking your AQ’s Snowdonia Pack-rafting Adventure, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our free mobile travel app. You’ll have access to all your itinerary, training guide, trip countdown, 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. A’ppy days.
With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service for your AQ’s Snowdonia Pack-rafting Adventure. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on this wilderness weekend in Wales 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 team 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. Plus Sue is an active member of the AQ Community and is one of the Chief Queens for the North Wales & Liverpool Group. She’s extremely passionate and supportive about getting more women enjoying outdoor adventures.
Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority.
Our Snowdonia Pack-rafting Adventure requires a small amount of preparation as this wilderness weekend is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone, learn new skills and achieve something great. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems and new health and well-being procedures in place.
For more details, please visit our Safety and Well-being page.
You will be accompanied by certified Adventurous Ewe & Tirio Leaders and Crew. Our 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 mountain 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. The Leaders and Crew will also be in constant radio communication with the vehicle drivers and base throughout your adventure.
Adventurous Ewe trips are team challenges and are not designed to be individual competitive races. You will be taking part as a team with a dedicated Leader. We encourage team spirit and support of each other to ensure everyone has the best opportunity to complete the challenge and enjoy the journey along the way too. The AQ’s Snowdonia Pack-rafting Weekend a fantastic way to meet like-minded women and share an incredible adventure whilst being accompanied and supported by friendly and experienced Adventurous Ewe & Tirio Leaders and Crew.
The AQ’s Snowdonia Pack-rafting Weekend is graded as a ‘Medium to Challenging’ adventure.
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 manageable whilst giving you a great sense of achievement. A training programme will be provided when you join the adventure. We recommend that you have experience of hiking in the outdoors however you do not require any expert paddling skills or wild camping experience as tuition and support will be provided. Being able to swim or being confident in the water is a good advantage. A good level of fitness and some good ole gritty determination will help you complete this amazing journey.
A bespoke training programme will be provided when join the team for this adventure to help you with your preparations. We also have exclusive offers with our Training Partners and Communities – Her Spirit and the Bath Kettlebell Society. For more info, please visit our Training page.
The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.
Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!
A full kit list will be provided when you join the team for the AQ’s Snowdonia Pack-rafting weekend. 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 signing up for this trip.
Please note, all paddling and camping equipment is included in this adventure apart from a sleeping bag and sleeping matt.
To help you get the very best from your AQ’s wilderness weekend in Wales we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in independent UK outdoor retailers Joe Brown / The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel where sustainability meets performance, both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and this adventurous weekend.
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 during the week leading up to your adventure. You will also receive weather updates through the mobile app, Vamoos.
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.
One night’s wild camp is included in your AQ’s wilderness weekend. Two-person tents are provided however you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping matt.
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.
You will need to make your own way to Betws-y-Coed in North Wales 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.
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 favourite snacks, both sweet and savoury. We also recommend removing as much packaging as you can to minimise the amount of litter to carry out with you.
Please let us know when signing up if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.
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 the Snowdonia Pack-rafting Adventure 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 click here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to buy your Water-To-Go bottle.
During your wilderness weekend the facilities will be limited to the great outdoors. If nature calls during this time, please be prepared with biodegradable waste bags (dog poop bags are ideal) and biodegradable loo paper and leave no trace of your paper items.
Deposit of £75 per person is required on booking.
Remaining balance of £190 per person is due for payment no later than 4 weeks prior to the trip start date.
Please note, if you need to change your booking 30 days or more before the trip start date you can make flexible date change, subject to availability, without incurring any admin costs. If you need to cancel your booking 30 days or more before the start date, you will be issued with a credit note to the value of your payment that you can use for another event of your choice, subject to availability.
You are welcome to fundraise for a charity of your choice if you wish to do so. All sponsorship monies are to be sent directly to your chosen charity.
Flexible date changes
If you need to change your booking 30 days or more before the start date you can make flexible date change to another trip, subject to availability, without incurring any admin costs. If you need to cancel your booking, you will be issued with a credit note to the value of your payment that you can use for another event of your choice, subject to availability.
If your adventure needs to be cancelled for any reason, like say a global pandemic, you won’t be left stuck and you’ll be offered plenty of alternative options thanks to our financial protection through our insurance company, Towergate Travel. What’s more, in the very unlikely event of Adventurous Ewe going under, you’ll get your money back and be repatriated if you were on a trip at the time.
Secure online payments
All bookings can be made online with Mastercard, Visa and debit card or via BACS. You can also opt to pay via monthly instalments. We use WorldPay to handle all our online payments as it is a payment platform which is a global leader in payment processing offering superior security for both you and us as a company. For any further info or to organise monthly instalment payments, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Pay in instalments, interest free
We’re well aware that adventures can be a significant investment so we’ve set out to make it easy to afford. Once you’ve put down your deposit, you can pay the remaining balance off in monthly instalments with no extra charges so you can get out there and live your dream.
Trip info available through our mobile app 24/7
On booking your wilderness weekend, you’ll receive all the exciting trip info via our free mobile travel app. You’ll have access to all your itinerary, 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. A’ppy days.
For more info, please visit our Travel with Confidence page.
Your Adventurous Ewe & Tirio Leader/s and Crew will have a mobile phones and radios communications in case of emergencies. The team are trained to deal with these situations. Please ensure you listen to your Leader during these times and refrain from putting any posts on social media. Should you find yourself unable to continue with the trip, your Leader and crew will make the necessary arrangements. Depending on the situation, you will be met by the support vehicle (depending on access) and you will be transferred back to your accommodation or nearby medical facility as required.
Your Emergency Contact at Adventurous Ewe HQ is Jim Young on 07747 346 588.
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 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 clicking here. 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
In the lead up:
- Personalised trip 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
- Digital trip briefing sent before your arrival in Snowdonia
- Public liability insurance
- Risk assessment & emergency management
During your adventure:
- Adventurous Ewe Trek & Pack-raft Leaders
- Single pack-raft, paddle and buoyancy aid
- Pack-raft briefing, instruction & support during your journey
- Tents 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 partners, Snowdonia Society and Cool Earth
What's Not Included?
Can be added at an additional cost
- Accommodation in Betws-y-Coed the night prior to the start of your trip
- Accommodation in either Conwy or Betws-y-Coed on the night of completing your adventure
- Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List including a sleeping bag & sleeping mat
- 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
- Any costs incurred with leaving the trip early ie. accommodation, change in travel arrangements ie. train tickets or flights, etc.
- You are welcome to bring your own eating tools (bowl, plate and utensils/spork if you wish)
- Please get in touch with us if you would prefer a single tent for your wild camp. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069.
Thoughtful and Responsible Travel
As part of the Snowdonia National Park Authority Partneriaeth Yr Wyddfa Partnership, we are an accredited Snowdon Visit Specialist. We are also a corporate partner of the Snowdonia Society and help support their vital work who since 1967 continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Snowdonia is well-protected, well-managed and enjoyed by all.
Ethical Trip Management
Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering adventures in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at its core. We respect and aim to operate our trips to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!
Some of the ethical event management features embedded in our Snowdonia Packrafting Adventure are:
- Using local crew who are qualified Leaders and who are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced
- Minimising plastic waste wherever possible as we refill water bottles and flasks
- We do not use route markers on the mountain
- Where possible, our Leaders collect any rubbish scene on the mountain
- We operate a ‘leave no trace’ ethos 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.