Walkabout in North Wales

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WILD WALES WALKABOUT MAY 31 - June 6, 2020

 

8-10 people only on this trip! Six nights/seven days $1875.

 

For the first three days we will be walking on the Llyn peninsular in North Wales in the Snowdonia National Park and the terrain will be easy to moderate conditions. Our three days here we will be walking along the Welsh Coastal Path surrounded by birds, wildlife, and the sounds of the sea and the wind. With us you can choose the distance you would like to walk each day. After breakfast each morning we will walk from our B&B in the morning for 3-5 miles and stop for lunch at a pub or a small cafe, or we could purchase a packed lunch. In the afternoon if you would like to spend the afternoon reading, relaxing or taking a nap we can transport you back to our guest house.

The cost for the six nights and seven days is $1875 based on double occupancy and includes all accommodations, breakfast, three evening meals, all transportation from pickup, visits to museums and historical sites and presentations. Invoices will be emailed for the final two payments. Single supplement payments will be split between the two final payments.

 

There is no pressure with Wild Wales Walkabouts to hike on our tours everyday, or all day. If your choice is to curl up with a book in the hotel, sit on a bench watching the sea or the river Wnion go by, talk to the locals, you are on your holiday! You need to relax in the way that works for you! Others can choose to continue walking for another 4-6 miles during the afternoon. Each evening we will gather for supper at our guest house or in one of the pubs in the small hamlet of Aberdaron or Dolgellau. 

Puffins

Sunday, May 31

We will all meet at the Tea Room at the train station in Bangor, North Wales at 2p.m. We will be transported to our comfortable B&B in the seaside village of Aberdaron where after a short walk along the shore we will be served our evening meal by our friendly hosts.

 

For the first three days we will be walking on the Llyn peninsular in North Wales in the Snowdonia National Park and the terrain will be easy to moderate conditions. Our three days here we will be walking along the Welsh Coastal Path surrounded by birds, wildlife, and the sounds of the sea and the wind. We will be taking a short train ride from the market town of Pwllheli to Harlech to stay for three nights next to the castle. Harlech is a medieval town and has a commanding view of Cardigan Bay. The Rhiniog Mountains run along the coastline and have spectacular views across to Ireland on a clear day.

 

With us you can choose the distance you would like to walk each day. After breakfast each morning we will walk from our Guest House in the morning for 3-5 miles and stop for lunch at a pub or a small cafe, or we could purchase a packed lunch. In the afternoon if you would like to spend the afternoon reading, relaxing or taking a nap we can transport you back to our guest house.

 

Monday, June 1

Walk to Porth Meudwy not far from Aberdaron and take the Enlli ferry across to Bardsey Island, weather permitting. This is a beautiful place, full of wildlife and steeped in history. This is the “Island of 20,000 Saints”, a nature reserve and destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years. We will be served tea and coffee on the island. Easy walking.Tonight you are free to go out and have supper at a pub in Aberdaron.

 

Tuesday, June 2

This morning a hike to an Iron Age Fort, Tre Ceiri (Town of the Giants) or along the Welsh Coastal Path. Tonight you could head down the street to a tavern, and eat supper overlooking the bay from the deck or inside in the cozy pub with others. We will be buying your supper at one of the pubs this evening.

 

Wednesday, June 3

After breakfast we will take a short train ride along the coast to stay at our hotel in Harlech and do some hiking in the Rhiniog Mountains. A remote range of mountains overlooking Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea. Upland heathland with many ancient cairns and burial grounds going back to the iron age.

Llyn Padarn

Thursday, June 4

After breakfast and packed lunch we will hike some more in the Rhiniogs and visit the Giants Nose! A very special spot indeed!

Friday, June 5

Today we can decide where we would like to walk, lots of great hiking! Tonight we will gather at a pub and share our experiences of our time together. This evening Wild Wales Tours will be buying supper.

Saturday, June 6

After breakfast we will say our goodbyes and deliver you to the railway station for your onward journey. We will gladly help you with your onward arrangements.

 

The cost for the six nights and seven days is $1875 based on double occupancy and includes all accommodations, breakfast, three evening meals, all transportation from pickup, visits to museums and historical sites and presentations. Invoices will be emailed for the final two payments. Single supplement payments will be split between the two final payments.

 

$500 additional cost for a single occupancy.

 

You will pay for your airfare, four lunches, three dinners, and all drinks & snacks, generally people tip 10%. Cost of ferry ride to Bardsey Island approx $40 each.

 

TRANSPORTATION TO WALES

We recommend that you fly to Manchester in England. Most overnight flights from the U.S. arrive early in the morning U.K. time.  At the Manchester airport, you will be able to catch a train to Bangor in North Wales.There are twenty trains a day from the airport, and they run every hour. The journey takes about three hours.You may also fly from the U.S. to London and catch a train from London to Bangor. (3.15mins)

 

We will all meet at the Tea Room at the train station in Bangor, North Wales at 2p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Arriving a day early is highly encouraged, if at all possible.  As most of you know these days, it is very common to have a late or cancelled flight, or luggage that shows up late. Coming a day early reduces that stress. Wales and England are 6 hours ahead of Central Standard Time.  The flight across the Atlantic takes 7-8 hours from the Midwest and around six hours from the East Coast If you can afford the time and an extra night’s lodging at a small hotel or B&B, you will not likely regret it.

 

PAYMENTS

We will email invoices which can be paid online with a credit card. A deposit of $625 per person ($1250 per couple) is required to secure your place, followed by a payment of $625 ($1250 per couple) November 31, 2019. The final payment of  $625 per person ($1250 per couple) is due on February 28, 2020.

 

REFUNDS

  • You may cancel your Wild Wales Walkabout for a full refund, minus a $100 processing fee, if you do so more than 4 months prior to your scheduled tour  (January 31, 2020).

  • If you cancel fewer than 4 months before your scheduled tour, you will receive full refund, minus a $100 processing fee, ONLY if your slot can be filled!

  • If you cancel between 3 and 4 months (January 31 to February 28, 2020 ) prior to your scheduled tour, and your slot cannot be filled, you will receive a 50% refund.

  • If you cancel fewer than 3 months (February 28, 2020) prior to your scheduled tour, and your slot cannot be filled, no refund will be given.

PACKING

Travel as light as possible. Bring one medium sized suitcase, and a carry-on or two.

The mini bus will have limited baggage space, and more small bags are easier to pack than one large bag.  We will be near the sea often and it will be breezy, so we need to dress accordingly. The normal temperatures in May and early June range from 50F to 75F degrees. The tour is casual and there is no dress code. If necessary, we will be able to dry our clothes at our hotels. Laundry services will also be available for a fee. Do bring gloves and a hat as well as a swimsuit if you are up for a dip in the Irish Sea!

 

Suggested clothing for our Walkabouts: We suggest rainproof gear (not shower proof).

  • A waterproof hooded raincoat and pants

  • A good pair of waterproof hiking shoes

  • Three pairs of wool hiking socks, medium thickness

  • Wool hat and waterproof gloves

  • Low or hiking gaiters

  • Knapsack to carry your lunch and snacks

  • I strongly suggest walking sticks as they are very useful for balancing coming downhill

  • Head light

  • Binoculars

 

Tre Ceri Lleyn

WALKING PREPARATION

In order to enjoy the walkabouts, you need to be able to walk between seven and twelve miles a day. We suggest that you prepare for the tour by walking between ten and twelve miles per week for three months prior to the trip. We all walk at a different pace, and you will have ample opportunity to walk in pairs, in groups, or alone.

Most days we will be walking from 7-11 miles. Its really up to you how much you would like to hike. After breakfast we will set off for the day and after lunch we can arrange for you to return to the guest house or hotel to relax, on most days. This is your vacation and if you need to take a day off to walk around by yourself we can make it work for you. If some folks want to walk further than the eleven miles we can arrange that also.

 

ELECTRICITY

Electricity runs on a different current system in Wales and England. You will need a converter for all U.S. appliances. They can be bought on-line or in airports. All hotels will have a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board.

 

MEDICAL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend you buying a medical insurance plan during the time you will be hiking with us.

 

PHONES AND INTERNET

If you have an iPhone you can call your provider and make arrangements for your phone to work in the U.K. for a small fee. You will be able to call and receive calls from home, send emails and text approx. $30 for the month. It 

works very well, automatically taking place when your airplane touches down.

 

Hywel Taff Roberts the director of Wild Wales Tours & Walkabouts will be leading the tour, a native Welshman who speaks fluent Welsh.

 

We will be joined by guides, entertainers and presenters along the way to highlight for you this magical homeland we call Wales. Come join us!

 

We do cater to book clubs and family groups who would like to customize their trip to Wales.

Hywel “Taff” Roberts

Wild Wales Tours

Cader Idris Sunrise

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