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Resources for the Welsh 3000s Challenge
|Welsh Three Thousand Foot Challenges book||A detailed and inspiring guide to the Welsh 3000s and other Welsh mountain challenges, written by fell runners Roy Clayton and Ronald Turnbull|
|14 Peaks website||Very interesting Welsh 3000s site, developed by the Snowdonia Society. It is possible to add details and an account of your own personal attempt.|
|Downloadable GPS files (summit waypoints)||Files containing summit waypoints are available for download in multiple formats.
A full Welsh 3000s route track log is also available, but this deviates from my ideal route in a few places (Tryfan's descent in particular).
NB: It's important not to rely entirely on a GPS. Good map and compass skills are essential.
|Summit Grid References||Ten figure grid references for each summit. (Scroll down past map.)|
|Welsh 3000s record breaking run (video)||Footage of Colin Donnelly's 1988 immense achievement!|
Mountain Guides (A selection only)
|Guides for the Welsh 3000s Challenge, to be completed inside a 24 hour time period|
|Guides for the Welsh 3000s over a two to five day period|
|Trains||Bangor is the nearest station to Pen y Pass (start point).
Llandudno Junction station is best for Bwlch y Ddeufaen.
Llanfairfechan is the nearest station to Abergwyngregyn, but some trains do not stop here (otherwise use Bangor).
You can check times and book tickets at National Rail Enquiries
|Gwynedd bus timetable
Snowdon Sherpa bus timetable
|Service 5/X5 for Abergwyngregyn (bus stop is about 2 miles from walk end-point) to Llanfairfechan or Bangor.
Service 85/86 then (Sherpa) S1/S2 for Bangor to Pen y Pass.
|Conwy Bus Service 19||Bus service from Ty'n-y-groes (bus stop is about 3½ miles from Bwlch y Ddeufaen end-point) to Llandudno Junction or Llanrwst/Betws y Coed.
From Llanrwst/Betws y Coed you can use Snowdon Sherpa service S2 to get back to Pen y Pass.
|Chubbs Taxis, Bangor||24 hour taxi firm, for those finishing at Abergwyngregyn. They can be called at any time of night (although some prior warning is preferable), but getting back to Pen y Pass will cost at least £40, and more at night.|
|There are two campsites in Nant Peris -
Cae Gwyn: 01286 870718
Ty Isaf: 01286 870494
|Fairly basic, but in a convenient location on the route and a short drive from the start-point. They are rarely full and the Vaynol Arms pub is very close.|
|Cefn Cae campsite, Rowen||Small site about 2½ miles from the Bwlch y Ddeufaen finish-point. Prior booking is highly advisable during the summer period.|
|Campsites near to Capel Curig||A list of campsites near to Capel Curig|
|Garth Farm campsite, Capel Curig|
|Mountain Farm campsite, Llanberis|
|Snowdon Fricsan Inn campsite, Llanberis|
|Llyn Gwynant campsite, Nant Gwynant||According to the Independent this is the 18th best campsite in the world!|
|Swallow Falls Hotel campsite, Betws y Coed|
|Platts Farm Campsite, Llanfairfechan||Alternative finish-point/start-point, close to a railway station. A few minutes drive from Abergwyngregyn.|
Accommodation: Bunkhouses and Camping Barns (ideal for groups)
|Bunkhouses near to Capel Curig||A list of bunkhouses near to Capel Curig|
|Bryn Du Mountain Centre, Llanberis||Provide accommodation for those not involved in their activities|
|Gallt-y-Glyn Hotel bunkhouse, Llanberis|
|Pete's Eats bunkhouse, Llanberis||Above the legendary Pete's Eats cafe|
|Bens Bunkhouse, Nant Peris|
|Snowdon House bunkhouse, Nant Peris|
|Snowdon Fricsan Inn bunkhouse, Llanberis|
|Jesse James' Bunkhouse, Llanberis|
|Red Dragon camping pods, Nant Gwynant||Camping pods for two people, with twin beds|
|Llyn Gwynant camping barns, Nant Gwynant|
|Caban Cysgu bunkhouse, Gerlan||Ideal for those finishing at Gerlan, near Bethesda|
|Tyddyn Du bunkhouse, Gerlan||Ideal for those finishing at Gerlan, near Bethesda|
|Platts Farm bunkhouse, Llanfairfechan||Alternative finish-point/start-point, close to a railway station. A few minutes drive from Abergwyngregyn.|
|BMC club hut list (PDF)||Generally these can only be booked by BMC affiliated clubs, but some are happy to accept a few honest sounding walkers/runners. The Welsh section begins on about page eleven, and there are many which would be suitable. Locations include Nant Peris, Capel Curig, Llanberis, Nant Gwynant, Deiniolen and Bethesda.|
Accommodation: Youth Hostels
|Pen y Pass Youth Hostel||At the start point of the walk|
|Rowen Youth Hostel||Less than two miles walk from the Bwlch y Ddeufaen car park end-point (see Route: Carnedd Section)|
|Idwal Cottage Youth Hostel||At Llyn Ogwen. Ideal stop-off point if you're doing the walk over two or three days. Also, within easy driving distance of Pen y Pass.|
|Llanberis Youth Hostel|
|Bryn Gwynant Youth Hostel, Nant Gwynant|
|Betws y Coed Youth Hostel|
Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast and Hotels
|Llanberis hotels and B&Bs||A list of options in Llanberis|
|Capel Curig hotels and B&Bs||A list of options in Capel Curig|
|Pen y Gwryd Hotel, nr Pen y Pass||Historic hotel very close to the start point. Used in 1953 as a training base for Hillary and the Everest team.|
|Pen y Pass||
Pen y Pass Youth Hostel is at the start point.
Pen y Gwryd Hotel is within easy walking distance.
|Nant Peris||Nant Peris Community Website - several options available
Bens Bunkhouse - very close to Nant Peris
Idwal Cottage Youth Hostel
Gwern Gof Uchaf campsite (nearest campsite) also has a bunkhouse.
Gwern Gof Isaf campsite (a short walk) has two bunkhouses.
|Bwlch y Ddeufaen||
Rowen Youth Hostel is about two miles walk from this exit point.
Cefn Cae campsite is about two and a half miles from this exit point.
Other Interesting Links
|www.walk-snowdonia.co.uk||Excellent selection of walking routes in Snowdonia, along with other useful information.|
|www.mudandroutes.com||Very inspiring Snowdonia site containing a huge number of routes and a wealth of other information for walkers and trail runners.|
|v-g.me.uk||Vivien and Geoff's superb backpacking site includes photos and descriptions of many walks in Snowdonia. Click on"Trips and Photos".|
|www.trekkingbritain.com||Collection of great walks around the UK with route directions, trail information, maps and photography.|
|www.walkingenglishman.com||Mike Brockhurst’s detailed site covers a great mix of areas and includes walks ranging from single day walks to long distance routes. The walks range from easy strolls to full day epics and even the odd scramble so there is something for everyone.|
|Clinical Child Psychologist Lancashire - Dr Jo Elliott||Another website I have made - Lancashire clinical child psychologist Dr Jo Elliott|