- Map & Itinerary
- Essential Info
- Pics & Vids
- Dates & Prices
- Self-powered journey from Barmouth to Conwy across Snowdonia National Park by bike, boots & boats
- Have you got what it takes to tackle 120kms of drover trails, forest track, mountain paths and sweeping rivers
- Discover new landscapes with 70% of this journey being off the beaten track
- Conquer the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), the highest peak in England & Wales at 1,085m
- Merida mountain bike hire included with Shimano 9-speed and disc brakes
- E-bike hire available at an additional cost or bring your own
- Celebrate the finish of your epic adventure at the historic Conwy Castle
- Brand new 3-day trip and exclusive to Adventurous Ewe in support of the Snowdonia Society and Cool Earth.
Join this Snowdonia Coast to Coast epic self-powered 120km journey by bike, boots and boats across remote sections of Snowdonia National Park from coast to coast. Over 3 days you’ll venture off the beaten track following ancient drover trails, forest tracks, mountain paths and sweeping rivers as you cross from the seaside town of Barmouth, through forest, moorland, gorges, up Snowdon and arrive at the historic Conwy castle nestled on the North Wales coast.
The carefully curated route takes in many places of natural, cultural and historic interest which will captivate your imagination and let your mind escape from the toughness of this challenge. In the shadows of Dinas Emrys, the site of an old castle and hill fort which stood between Capel Curig and Beddgelert, the gritty determination of the red dragon will be needed. This fortress is the location for the fight under the base of the castle between two dragons, one red and one white, in the Lludd a Llefelys legend. The red dragon survived and this is what is on the Welsh national flag today.
Have you got wait it takes to be the red dragon of this incredible adventure and conquer this coast to coast challenge?
Arrive in Barmouth, mid Wales
You are welcome to make your own way directly to Barmouth for the start of your coast to coast adventure or you can join the Adventurous Ewe team on a transfer from Conwy to Barmouth to arrive late afternoon.
Barmouth, or Abermaw or even Y Bermo as it is known in Welsh, is southern Snowdonia’s most popular seaside town with breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay and the picturesque harbour marking a spectacular starting point for your journey ahead.
You’re most welcome to join the Adventurous Ewe team in camping this evening or make your own accommodation arrangements. A fill trip briefing will be given this evening as well.
- Transfer from Conwy to Barmouth (this will allow you the option of purchasing a return train ticket from Llandudno Junction or leaving a vehicle in Conwy ready for the finish of your trip).
Barmouth to Beddgelert by bike and boots
Leaving the coast of Barmouth your journey begins along the traffic-free trail from Barmouth to Dolgellau following the Mawddach Estuary. This marks an incredible start to your journey as the trail is one of the most spectacular rides in Wales with wonderful open views north to wooded hills rising 1000 feet up from the water’s edge.
This 10-mile ride takes you across the wooden Barmouth Viaduct and follows the old railway track into the heart of Dolgellau in north-west Wales.
Leaving Dolgellau your route continues along the Mawddach River, climbing 250m over 8kms through Coed Y Brenin, an area steeped in historic gold mines and fantastic mountain bike trails through the forest. The forest trees will open to clear landscapes as your trail takes you around the scenic Llyn Trawsfynydd on gravel paths. This marks a great place for lunch at 43kms where you can enjoy a well deserved break and refuel whilst enjoying the stunning view across the lake.
The route then descends back down to sea level at Maentwrog before the second big climb of the day of 200m. Here you’ll be rewarded with picturesque views of the Welsh coastline and Snowdonia as you wind your way to Croesor, a small village at the foot of Cnicht known as the Welsh Matterhorn.
Leaving Croesor, there’s another short steep climb out of the village where you join an old Drovers Road crossing moorland for 3km to the village of Nantmoor. This 3km trail is a moderate technical section and predominantly downhill. It’s great fun though if you wish you’re more than welcome to jump off the bike if you feel uncomfortable at any time.
Arriving at Nantmoor you’ll then swap your bikes for boots for a short walk following the Fishermans Path through the stunning Aberglaslyn Gorge to arrive in the picturesque Welsh village of Beddgelert. Beddgelert is the resting place of Gelert, the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great.
- Cycling distance: 65kms
- Cycling terrain: Gravel path, forest track with 3kms of a moderate technical section with the option to walk.
- Trekking distance: 3kms
- Total ascent: 1800m
- Approx. length of time: 7 – 9 hours
- Accommodation: local hostel on a shared room basis
- Meals: lunch, snacks and drink refills
Beddgelert over Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) to Pen-y-Pass
Leaving the village of Beddgelert your route continues following the Glaslyn River to Llyn Dinas, a stunning lake on the lower slopes of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) in the Nant Gwynant Valley.
Here your trail leaves the valley floor as you start your ascent of Yr Wyddfa, the highest peak in Wales via the Watking Path. An original path to the summit, the Watkin Path has the most height gain with starting near sea level. The route leads through ancient native oak woodland, slowly climbing into Cwn Llan with it’s stunning waterfalls.
The Watkin Path involves 1000m of ascent over a distance of 6.5km the last part of the climb to the summit involves a short scramble section.
On reaching the summit of Yr Wyddfa you’ll have time to relax and enjoy the panoramic mountain views over the Snowdonia National Park before descending via the Pyg Track. This track is a shorter descent of 5.5kms and the rocky path will lead you to Pen Y Pass where you will overnight.
- Trekking distance: 12.5kms
- Trekking terrain: Mountain path with rocky sections through ancient woodlands and a short scrambling section.
- Ascent: 1000m
- Descent: 704m
- Total time: 7 – 8 hours
- Accommodation: Local hostel on a shared room basis
- Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Pen Y Pass to Conwy by bike and boat
Your final day starts 350m above sea level at Pen Y Pass at 350m and descends to sea level at the medieval walled town of Conwy.
Your cycle route descends from Pen Y Pass with the chance to take in the magnificent views down the Nant Gwynant Valley and the Moelwyn mountain range as Snowdon disappears into the distance as you free wheel down the pass.
Pedalling past Llyn Mymbyr you’ll arrive at Capel Curig and continue your descent following the Afon LLygwy.
Leaving the Llygwy River you’re greeted with one of our the toughest climbs into the beautiful Gwydir Forest, also know as the forest of lakes and mountains. Leaving the country lanes behind, you’ll slowly wind your way through Gwydir Forest on gravel track passing old tin and copper mines and many picturesque lakes.
Finally you’ll reach your last high point of your journey at LLyn Geirionydd which is a beautiful lake that lies within the forest. There’ll be time for a short break and potentially even a wild swim in the lake. From here onwards the route descends slowly to sea level with a few short sharp climbs just to keep those legs working.
The final section of your cycling route makes its way to the village of Trefriw where once again you’ll leave the country lanes and take a forest track with a fantastic decent passing waterfalls and stunning woodland.
Then it’s time to swap your bikes for boats and board your kayak for the final section as you paddle down the picturesque Conwy Valley. The river flows through stunning green farmlands and as you round the final bend you’ll be greeted with the incredible view of Conwy Castle and bridge spanning the river. Just next to the Castle, you’ll arrive on a small beach to celebrate your epic achievement of conquering the breadth of Snowdonia National Park from Coast to Coast. This is no easy task so some final celebrations are well in order.
From here you can either stay the evening in Conwy and enjoy this fantastic small coastal town or make your way home. Though please bear in mind, we would not recommend driving home on completing this journey without a good rest beforehand. We are more than happy to recommend places to stay, eat and drink in Conwy as it’s worth a visit.
Homegrown multi activity adventure
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on local communities and livelihoods, 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 Snowdonian landscapes. With being a Gold Level Snowdonia National Park Ambassador, we’re delighted to do our part to improve your experience of Snowdonia in an educational, sustainable & fun manner too.
This newly created route has been carefully curated to let you experience remote areas of the National Park and help take the pressure off some of the more frequently visited areas. Whilst also giving you the chance to step out of your comfort zone, gain a greater understanding of the mountains, local environments and communities and take on different activities, learn new skills and traverse across Snowdonia National Park under your own power. It’s a baaaa-rilliant 3-day adventure.
The Snowdonia Coast to Coast Multi Activity was created by Adventurous Ewe right here in our own backyard of Snowdonia National Park. Chief Ewe, Jim Young, developed this multi-activity adventure in order to showcase both the well known and hidden pockets of this stunning and diverse area, plus give you the chance to experience a variety of activities along the way.
In teams of up to 10 people, you will complete each leg of the challenge and there will be a checkpoints enroute to stop and take in the amazing views. Here you’ll have access to your small kit bag and have the chance to refuel with drinks and snacks.
All equipment hire is included – Merida mountain bikes, helmets, double sit-on-top kayaks, buoyancy aids & paddles. You’re welcome to bring your own bike whether that’s a mountain bike or e-bike. We can also organise hire e-bikes for you at an additional cost.
When booking on to this trip, please let us know your height details so we can organise the correct sized bike for you or if you wish to bring your own bike & helmet, please let us know in advance.
Rest assured all the equipment that we supply will be hygienically cleaned and sanitised and was not used 72 hours before you use it and will not be used for the next 72 hours. You are welcome to bring your own bike and helmet if you wish.
For any questions, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
On booking the onto this trip, you’ll receive all the exciting adventure info via our free mobile travel app.
You’ll have access to your itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper which benefits the environment and prevents the need of carrying around documents with you. A’ppy days.
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 the Snowdonia Coast to Coast trip 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.
Plus having created this adventure, both Jim and Sue are best placed to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small. We’re here to help every step of the way.
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.
The Snowdonia Coast to Coast will require preparation as the trip is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something incredible. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place. Your safety and well-being is our top priority at all times.
For more info, please visit our Safety and Well-being page.
You will be accompanied by certified and local Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew throughout your entire coast to coast crossing. They’re a friendly bunch with a huge level of care and a great sense of humour. Rest assured they are fully experienced and remote first aid qualified. Leaders will provide you with full briefings, top tips and accompany you throughout each activity. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.
Leaders will carry safety equipment and 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 support vehicle throughout your adventure.
We pride ourselves in small group adventures to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety & well-being and to make your experience more authentic.
The minimum group size for this trip to run is 8 people. The maximum group size is 24 people.
You’re most welcome to join this trip as a group of family, friends, colleagues, a private bubble or as a solo adventurer. If you have a group of over 8 people, we would be more than happy to run a private event for your team, your charity or your company. You are also welcome to use this trek as a fundraiser for the charity of your choice.
For any further info or to chat about running a bespoke trip, we’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069.
The Snowdonia Coast to Coast is a team event and not designed to be an individual competitive race. You’ll be taking part in teams of up to 10 people 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.
These adventures are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and share an incredible adventure whilst being accompanied and supported by friendly and experienced Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew.
The Snowdonia Coast to Coast is graded as ‘Tough’ given that it is a 3-day long distance challenge. Preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this adventure. A good level of fitness, endurance and some gritty determination will help you conquer each of the activities.
Bike section: the cycling is on trails, gravel paths and some roads. There is one 3km section that is a moderately technical mountain bike trail however, you have the option to walk this part if you wish. The route is undulating and there are some big climbs and descents, so fitness and stamina are key for this adventure.
Trekking sections: the hiking routes follow established paths which are rocky and uneven. There are no technical climbing sections. Hiking boots are highly recommended given the uneven terrain and mountainous weather conditions.
Kayaking section: previous kayaking experience is not required for this challenge as full instruction and support will be provided. As a safety precaution we recommend that you’re able to swim 25m in distance. If you are not a confident swimmer please let us know so we can make the necessary plans. The kayak follows the Conwy River which is a tidal river. We have planned the dates for this trip so that the tides work in your favour.
Overall, preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this challenge.
A bespoke multi activity 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 and Preparation 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 register or feel free to check out the Trip Notes which details the kit list. 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.
Mountain bike & helmet hire is included in this trip at no extra cost. The mountain bikes are Merida with Shimano 9-speed and disc brakes. You are welcome to bring your own mountain bike providing it’s of good quality, had a recent service or safety check and has not been left sitting at home for years without use.
If you have an e-mountain bike (electronic) you are most welcome to use this. We can also provide e-mountain bike hire if you wish to make the uphill sections of the journey a little easier. Please get in touch for more info at email@example.com
Double sit-on-top kayaks are provided together with paddles and buoyancy aids.
Cleaning and hygiene
Rest assured all the equipment that we supply will be hygienically cleaned and sanitised and was not used 72 hours before you use it and will not be used for the next 72 hours. You are welcome to bring your own bike and helmet if you wish.
To help you get the very best from your multi activity adventure 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, 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 the Snowdonia Coast to Coast trip.
The weather in the mountains in Snowdonia can change rapidly so it is essential that you are prepared for all conditions including rain, wind and heat. In the week leading up to your trip we recommend checking the Mountain Weather Information Service. You will also receive weather updates via our mobile travel app.
Please note, the Leader/s reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it as your safety and well-being is our top priority at all times. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
Night prior to the start of your trip
Given the early morning start on day one of your trip, we recommend staying in Barmouth. You’re welcome to join the Adventurous Ewe crew at a local campsite or you can organise your own accommodation. This is not included in the cost of your trip.
Two nights accommodation are included as part of your Snowdonia Coast to Coast trip in a local hostel in single sex dorm rooms followed by a local hotel on a twin share basis. This is dependent on availability.
If you would prefer a single room please let us know asap and we will make the arrangements for you dependent on availability and the hostel and hotel. There will be an additional cost for this room dependent on the hotel and hostel, therefore please get in touch with us for further info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completion of the trip
On completion of your trip in Conwy, you’re welcome to stay overnight in this historic coastal town or make you’re way home. Given the toughness of this trip, we would recommend having a rest prior to travelling home, especially if you’re driving.
On booking this trip we’ll provide accommodation recommendations for both Barmouth and Conwy.
You will need to make your way to the start of the trip in Barmouth mid Wales. You’re welcome to make your own way directly to Barmouth or you can join the Adventurous Ewe team on a transfer from Conwy to Barmouth to arrive late afternoon. This will allow you the option of purchasing a return train ticket from Llandudno Junction or leaving a vehicle in Conwy ready for the finish of your trip. We recommend taking the train to reduce carbon emissions. Further information will be provided once you have booked.
Breakfast and lunch are included as outlined in your itinerary. Dinner is not provided to give you the opportunity to have a meal of your choice following a full day of activity and the chance to sample any local foods as well.
If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know when booking on to this trip.
Please bring your own water bottles or camelbaks/platypus (or similar) and flasks (if you wish to take a hot drink during your challenge) and fill in the hotel and refill at the checkpoints to avoid the need of purchasing plastic water 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 this Multi Activity 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 email@example.com to buy your Water-To-Go bottle.
Deposit: £95 per person payable on booking
Remaining balance: £390 per person payable 4 weeks prior to start of trip.
Monthly payment plan
A monthly payment plan can be arranged for this trip. Please contact us for more information or to set up your plan. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069.
Free date changes
You can change your departure to a later date. We’ve added 2021 and 2022 dates to choose from, or you can request a new date that works for you or organise your own private bubble trip.
You can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely.
Convert it to credit
Save it for later. This, along with all payments, is 100% financially protected.
Get a refund
Being a small family business, we pride ourselves on personalised customer service and offer full
If you book on a trip that we are forced to cancel due to the pandemic, you will have the option to join another trip at a later departure with no admin costs or receive a full refund or credit note (excluding flights or insurance payments as these have their own booking conditions directly with the supplier).and prompt refunds.
If you choose to cancel your trip within 30 days of departure despite no official advice against travel
We respect your decision if you no longer wish to travel regardless of the destination or official advice. If you choose to cancel your trip, we will happily make those arrangements for you though please note, if there is no F&CO advice against travel, our standard cancellation terms will apply.
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.
As well as carefully crafting amazing and meaningful adventures across the planet, we’ve made booking them as flexible, safe and as simple as possible. With the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we’ve made a number of updates to our safety guidelines, flexible booking conditions and trip departures. For more info, please our Book and Travel with Confidence page.
All your trip info will be sent to you through our free mobile travel app. You will receive an email from Adventurous Ewe with your personalised log in code for this app.
For the latest and greatest from the land of adventures, simply follow us at:
You are most welcome to use the hashtags
#ewecandoit #thisflockrock #adventurousewe
Your Adventurous Ewe 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 during this time. Should you find yourself unable to continue with the trek, 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.
- Personalised support in the lead up to your trip from Adventurous Ewe
- Exclusive discount on personal kit from Joe Brown, The Climber’s Shop and ashmei sustainable athletic apparel
- Multi Activity Training guide and discount code for personal trainer programmes
- All trip info supplied via our free mobile travel app
- Public liability insurance
- Risk assessment and safety management.
On your adventure:
- Two nights accommodation on a shared basis
- Checkpoint snacks and drinks
- Breakfast and lunch as per your itinerary
- Cycle & Mountain Leaders and Kayak Instructors
- Mountain bike and helmet hire
- Kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids
- Kayak briefing, instruction & support on the river
- Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
- Entrance permission to national park
- Luggage and bike transfers
- Complimentary celebratory fizz on completion of the challenge
- All challenge management and hygienic cleaning procedures of equipment before, during and post trip.
What's Not Included?
- Accommodation the night prior to the start of your trip in Barmouth
- Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List
- Electronic bike hire
- Evening meals
- Single room supplement
- Personal spending money.
Local Support in Snowdonia
As part of the Snowdonia National Park Authority Partneriaeth Yr Wyddfa Partnership, we are an accredited Snowdon Visit Specialist and Silver Ambassador. 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.
Sustainable and Responsible Trip Management
Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering events in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at its core. We respect and aim to operate our adventures and events to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!
Some of the ethical event management features embedded in our Snowdonia Coast to Coast Trip are:
- 70% of this new itinerary is off the beaten track to take the pressure off heavily visited areas of the national park
- We use local crew who are qualified Leaders and who are all extremely knowledgeable, passionate and experienced
- We stay in locally owned accommodation wherever possible
- Our lunch packs are home-made by local providers using local produce wherever possible and do not contain any plastic packaging
- Minimising plastic waste wherever possible as we refill water bottles and flasks
- We do not use route markers
- Our leaders and crew collect any rubbish enroute wherever possible
- We recycle and reuse wherever possible
- We always operate by our ‘Leave no travel ethos’ – Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories
- By taking part in this trip you are helping us support the climate change charity, Cool Earth, and local environmental charity, the Snowdonia Society.