Late Summer Camping in Snowdonia

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Sep 06

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Easy camping but a relatively challenging 11 mile / 18km walk with plenty of elevation gain is planned - suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness.

** We can still accommodate extra attendees beyond the current limit of 10 - Join the waiting list and message the leader to confirm your place **


In 1832 the poet Richard Llwyd wrote of Snowdon that, at its summit, you are a bit closer to heaven:

We are now on the summit of Snowdon,
“Yn nês i’r nèn, ac uwch ben byd.”
Approaching heaven, and above the world.

Join us for late summer weekend camping in heart of Snowdonia.

At the head of Llyn Gwynant lake, in magnificent surroundings right below Snowdon itself, the Llyn Gwynant campsite is a perfect base for exploring the summits Snowdonia.

The main event on the Saturday will be a relatively challenging walk to the summit of Mt Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) via Yr Aran, Allt Maenderyn (the South Ridge) and the narrow Bwlch Main as we near the summit of Snowdon - several big summits in one day walk, with some short sections that require the use of your hands!  This walk is suitable for anyone with a decent level of fitness. 

For those who don’t need to rush away on Sunday, a shorter walk around Beddgelert, taking in Cwm Bychan and Llyn Dinas, is on offer, or perhaps a paddle.  

Kayaking and Canoeing

Llyn Gwynant campsite is bounded by lake and river and is ideal for paddling fun. Kayaks or Canadian canoes can be hired by the hour, so a paddle on the lake would make a great early evening activity after walking, or on Sunday.   

Campsite Facilities

Llyn Gwynant is a well-equipped campsite with above average facilities, although it can get busy in summer months.  For more information on the campsite facilities, please review the "What to Bring" section below. We will have sole use of the group pitch called "Pen Helen West", in the SW corner of the campsite, next to the river.

For information on externally catered breakfasts and / or evening meal options (pizzas) - for those who'd prefer not to cook - see the "Food and Drink" section below.


An ITV journalist named Susan Ridd and cameraman will be joining us on our day walk on Saturday 7 September to film for ITV Wales' "Coast & Country" programme, a 30 minute programme that covers all sorts of outdoor life in Wales. The plan is for Susan to chat to a number of attendees as we go along, hearing your stories - why you joined ODL and what you get out of it.  She will be focussing on the mental and physical health benefits of getting outdoors. Susan is really personable and I think she'll make everyone feel comfortable, but, obviously, if anyone doesn't wish to be filmed or interviewed, that's perfetcly fine - just let Skip know when you arrive on the Friday.

Campervans, motorhomes and caravans:  

Cannot be located on the tent camping field and will need to be pitched on a separate hard standing area. To enquire about availability, contact the OutdoorLads office on There will be an additional cost involved. 

Four-legged friends

Well behaved dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on a lead and are looked after by their owners at all times. A £2.00 fee per night is payable for each dog.

Image credits: Photo 1 and 2 - Leader photos used with permission; Photo 3 - Yr Aran a'r Grib Ddeheuol o gopa'r Wyddfa - Aran and South Ridge from Snowdon Summit © Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri / Snowdonia National Park and licenced for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Snowdon Pano
Llyn Llydaw
Yr Aran and South Ridge from Snowdon Summit
Llyn Gwynant Campsite Plan
Snowdon Pano
Llyn Llydaw
Yr Aran and South Ridge from Snowdon Summit
Llyn Gwynant Campsite Plan


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