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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

Travel Information

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 Rowen (bus stop is about 2½ 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.

Accommodation: Camping

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  
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 hostel bunkhouse, Llanberis  
Pete's Eats bunkhouse, Llanberis Above the legendary Pete's Eats cafe
Bens Bunkhouse, Nant Peris  
Snowdon House bunkhouse, Nant Peris  
Jesse James' Bunkhouse, Llanberis  
Red Dragon camping pods, Nant Gwynant Camping pods for two people, with twin beds
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 twelve, 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.

Accommodation on the Route

Pen y Pass Pen y Pass Youth Hostel is at the start point.
Pen y Gwryd Hotel is within easy walking distance.
Nant Peris Bens Bunkhouse - very close to Nant Peris
Cae Gwyn and Ty Isaf campsites (no websites)
Llyn Ogwen 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 Excellent selection of walking routes in Snowdonia, along with other useful information. Very inspiring Snowdonia site containing a huge number of routes and a wealth of other information for walkers and trail runners. Vivien and Geoff's superb backpacking site includes photos and descriptions of many walks in Snowdonia. Click on"Trips and Photos". Collection of great walks around the UK with route directions, trail information, maps and photography. 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 North Wales - Dr Jo Elliott Another website I have made - North Wales clinical child psychologist Dr Jo Elliott