With yet another bank holiday coming up, why not use the Welsh Highland Railway to start your walk? It is now fully open from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, and here are a selection of proper mountain walks, easier walks and cycles from the stations.
Nantlle Ridge Circuit from Rhyd Ddu – One of the more spectacular routes in Snowdonia. While many think this is a linear route with problems in returning (even suggesting a road return in some cases!) you merely need to descend to the beautiful Cwm Pennant and return over Bwlch y Ddwy Elor to get to Rhyd Ddu. A little more climbing, but nothing beyond the average hill walker.
Moel Hebog from Beddgelert – A popular hill, but worth the climb. Just don’t go up and down like all the tourists, make the most of this by turning it into a worthwhile little circuit.
Aran from Rhyd Ddu – Always the bridesmaid. In the shadow of the highest mountain and usually ignored, which is fine for those of us looking for a bit of quiet. Combine with the South Ridge for a full day out.
Wyddfa From Ranger – Another route up the tallest mountain. This time from the quiet, straightforward Ranger path. Often understated, but thankfully quiet if not the most spectacular route up.
Mynydd Mawr from Rhyd Ddu – An easier option up an interesting grassy ridge. Return via Llyn y Dywarchen for a more interesting end.
Lon Gwyrfai Rough Route– Run, bike or walk this one. This is a variation on the ‘official’ non-muddy Lon Gwyrfai and takes a pleasant green lane over to Waunfawr.
Mynydd Sygyn – Straightforward mid-level ramble via the Glaslyn Gorge and Cwm Bychan.
Cnicht – Bit of a long ‘un this, but why not take the train in when you’re going for a wild camp? Return back via the Conwy Line and the Ffestiniog Railway. Even better, get first class and travel in style!
You can even catch the train to Rhyd Ddu and cycle back to Caernarfon via Dyffryn Nantlle and Lon Eifion – the WHR charges a flat fee per bike (check their website for latest prices, but currently £2.50)