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  Plas Curig - Boutique Hostel
16/04/2012 Hostels aimed at outdoor users are traditionally well-known for their functionality rather than their luxury. But Plas Curig in Snowdonia is one of a growing number of accommodation providers that is set to change all that. It is a premium budget hostel billed as the only 5-star hostel in Wales and recently featured in The Guardian as the UK's poshest hostel.
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Snowdonia Running Guides and Landscape Walks
04/09/2008  are two new outdoor focused businesses sharing a love of Snowdonia but appreciating its special qualities at very differing paces. Mountain running and geotourism have both recently experienced a growth in interest. So if you are a novice or fully-fledged fell runner looking to take to the hills, or wished you knew more about how Snowdonia's landscape was formed, you should check out these businesses
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Useful Links
The following is a list of links to websites which may be of interest to users of this site. If you have any suggstions for links that should be included please email these to


The British Mountaineering Society
Association of Mountain Instructors
British Association of International Mountain Leaders
The Ramblers' Association
An excellent and informative site.
British Canoe Union
The official website for news, events, coaching, access etc - download star tests and coaching award syllabuses.
Campaign for Adventure
The Campaign seeks to show that life is best approached in a spirit of exploration, adventure and enterprise; to influence and better inform attitudes towards risk
British Caving Association
the online home of the British Caving Association, the association is the Governing body for Underground Exploration in the UK
Central Council of Physical Recreation
CCPR is the national alliance of governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation.


The Attractions of Snowdonia
Guide to the best of the region's tourist attractions giving you concise information about their facilities. Tourist information centres can provide the details - or 'phone to check a particular attraction's timetable for the dates you're here.

Books and maps

The specialist distributor and book publisher. Rock climbing, mountaineering, trekking, skiing and travel: all the latest maps, books, guides and videos to plan your outdoor pursuits at home or abroad.
Guidebooks and maps, with secure ordering. Several titles specific to the Snowdonia/Lleyn/Anglesey area.
Harvey Maps
Specialist walking/cycling maps.
Ordnance Survey
The premier mapmakers.
National Navigation Award Scheme
The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages.
The British Orienteering Federation
Maps, varied terrain and adventure. It doesn't matter how young or old or fit you are. You can run, jog or walk, you decide your own pace. Orienteering is a sport where competitors navigate their way between control points marked on a specially drawn map.
Pesda Press
Publishing for Outdoor People. Mountaineering, climbing, kayaking and canoeing guidebooks and technical manuals for people who love the outdoors.


Welsh Canoeing Association.
The British Canoe Union
The official website for news, events, coaching, access etc - download star tests and coaching award syllabuses.
Shared Rivers
Welsh Canoeing Association Campaign site for 'Reasonable Canoe Access for England and Wales' Lots of interesting background reading, and an online petition.
UK Rivers Online Guidebook
Online guide to canoeing welsh (and UK) rivers. Pictures, videos and stories by those who know!
River Access
The British Canoe Union access campaign. An excellent and some may say, overdue site. Focusing on improving access to inland waterways in England & Wales


British Mountain Guides
The official site of the British Mountain Guides. Contact details for all guides are provided
The Association of Mountaineering Instructors
AMI is the representative body for professionally qualified Mountain Instructors in the British Isles.
British Association of International Mountain Leaders: the professional body that represents the increasing number of British IMLs.
Mountain Leader Training UK
MLTUK is the co-ordinating body for all mountain training schemes in the UK. This umbrella organisation covers the regional board: Mountain Leader Training Wales
Mountains for Active Diabetics
New website with information and links for diabetic mountaineers.
Mountain Days
This site is intended to pull together loads of useful information relating to rock climbing & mountaineering in the UK and beyond
The Climber's Club
The leading UK rock climbing and mountaineering club.
Climbing in Mid Wales
Terry Taylor's superb site dedicated to climbing in the Meirionnydd and mid Wales area.
North Wales Climbers
Rock climbing courses and instruction in Snowdonia.
Climb Magazine
The premier magazine for climbers.


CTC Cymru, Cycling in North Wales
Working for Cyclists, the national cyclists’ organisation, is the UK’s largest and oldest cycling body with more than 70,000 members and affiliates.
Cycling North Wales
Guide to cycle routes and cycling news in North Wales.
Rhos on Sea Cycling Club
Based in Conwy, North Wales, actively involved in many forms of cycling, including time trials, road racing, XC mountain biking, cyclo cross and a variety of non competitive events.


Access and Conservation Trust (ACT)
ACT is a charitable trust, established by the British Mountaineering Council, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and the Mountaineering Council of Ireland. The trust aims to promote sustainable access to cliffs, mountains and open countryside by facil
Sustainable Gwynedd Gynaladwy
Sustainable Gwynedd Gynaladwy is a voluntary organisation committed to raising awareness of sustainable development in the area.
The Countryside Council for Wales
The Countryside Council for Wales is the Government's statutory adviser on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters. The national wildlife conservation authority.
Cymdeithas Gwaith Maes
Mae Cymdeithas Gwaith Maes yn bodoli i hyrwyddo addysg yr amgylchedd yng Nghymru trwy gyhoeddi deunydd ar gyfer ysgolion. Gwaith Maes is a voluntary society which supports environmental education in Wales by publishing materials for use in schools.
Best of Both Worlds
Best of Both Worlds helps increase opportunities for outdoor sports and recreation, and at the same time commits to protecting the sensitive environments in which they take place.
Breathing Spaces
the BBC's campaign for fresh air, outdoor activities and wildlife.
Sustain Wales
Learn how to live in a more environmentally sound, sustained way. You'll be suprised how much is going on in your area.
Wales Bio-Diversity Partnership
The quality of soil, water, the climate and other life-support systems depend on how groups of species and their environment interact. Find out more in this Welsh Assembly project.
The World Wildlife Foundation in Wales and its work to see that environment and sustainability are high on the political agenda.
Climate Change
The efforts of the Department for Environment, Planning and Countryside to measure and control climate change in Wales.
Environment Agency
The efforts and activities of the Environment Agency Wales
Wales Environment Trust
Helping businesses to develop economically and environmentally sustainable ways to maximise the use of recyclate for business benefit, while minimising waste destined for landfill sites.
Snowdonia Green Key
The Initiative is a Partnership between Conwy County Borough Council, Countryside Council for Wales, Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National Park Authority, Wales Tourist Board and the Welsh Development Agency.
The Woodland Trust
UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. 250,000 members and supporters. The Trusts aims to preserve woodland, restore and improve biodiversity in woods, increase new native woodland and increase people’s awareness and enjoyment of woodland.
Pori, Natur a Threftadaeth, or Grazing, Nature and Heritage, works with farmers and graziers in the Welsh countryside to get the best possible deal for wildlife, the landscape and the cultural heritage of our country.

Fell Racing

Snowdonia Marathon
The official National Trust Snowdonia Marathon website.
The Rhinog Series
Neat little website providing details of the Rhinog series.
Snowdon Race
The official race website for this popular event, with race results, entry forms and a gallery of images.


Design and development of this site.
Treble Three
The Support Group of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation. Its primary role is to support the team in its fund raising efforts.
Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team
The main Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team website.
National Trust Website
Contains a mass of information, including reports and strategies, site information, contacts etc.
Capel Curig online
Details of the many and varied activities and attractions around Capel Curig.
Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team
A well laid out site with excellent mountain safety advice and a catalogue of incidents the team has attended.
Teacher Keith Jones of Rhyl shares with you his love of the Carneddau mountain range in northern Snowdonia. There are detailed routes for walkers, plus photographs and useful contacts.
Activity Wales
An offshoot of the Wales Tourist Board site which promotes cycling, fishing, gardens, walking and golf.
Anglesey Cycle Tours
Four bicycle tours of 11 to 22 miles on public roads and lanes, linking places of interest on Anglesey, are detailed here, with maps and directions. There is also a directory of bike hire shops.
Freedom To Choose - Snowdonia
Campaign group formed in response to negative aspects of the Green Key project. Lots of interesting background reading and opinion on this contentious issue.
Welsh Slate Mining History
An informative site for those wishing to learn more about the history of Welsh Slate mining.
Campaign for Adventure
The Campaign seeks to show that life is best approached in a spirit of exploration, adventure and enterprise; to influence and better inform attitudes towards risk;
The Coaching Wales Website
The purpose of this site is to point you in the right direction whether you are interested in becoming a coach or, if you are already a coach and want further information on how to refine those skills!
Adventure Dictionary
Worldwide directory of adventure sports.
The Snowdonia Nights Out Gazette
All the latest entertainment and live music information for the North West Wales area.
Gwynedd Council
Contains a section for tourists, as well as a mass of information on local strategies and plans, business support grants, tourism activities. Very useful once you have found your way around!
National Assembly for Wales
Lots of information on grant schemes, action plans and strategies.
Countryside Council for Wales website
Excellent site with information on strategies, grant schemes, access forums etc and regular news items and press releases.
Forestry Commission website
Contains comprehensive information re recreation routes and facilities.
Snowdonia National Park Website
A much improved and revamped website covering all aspects of information relating to the National Park.
The Snowdonia Society/ Cymdeithas Eryri website
Lots of information about the Society and regular updates of their many and varied activities around Snowdonia.
An impressive and vibrant online outdoor magazine with a very healthy traffic level. Always worth a look, as they update it virtually every day!
Shared Rivers
Campaign site for 'Reasonable Canoe Access for England and Wales' Lots of interesting background reading, and an online petition.
The Outdoor Index
"Roger Greenaway's substantial website continues to maintain its status as the premier information website for information for both practitioners and researchers in experiential and outdoor education." James Neill, July 2002

Horse Riding

Equestrian Wales
The Premier guide to equestrianism in Wales, with an illustrated directory of horse riding holidays, accommodation for horse and rider, riding schools, horse shows, bridleways and long distance trails in Wales.
Horse Riding Network
Guide to the many horse riding holidays in Wales and around the world.
Horse Riding and Pony Trekking Wales
A comprehensive guide to horse riding and pony trekking in North Wales.


Adventure Activities Licensing Service
The scheme ensures that those who provide certain adventure activities to young people under the age of 18 years, will have their safety management systems inspected.
Health & Safety Executive
HSE took over responsibility for the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) on the 1st April 2007 and has enforcement responsibility for the Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995 and the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004
Access information and guidelines on aspects of health and safety which affect schools, including the medical needs of children, emergencies and school security.

Mountain Biking
Site dedicated to life around the MB trails at Coed y Brenin.
North Wales Mountain Bike Association
One of the oldest and most established MTB clubs in the UK (since 1989) and of course based in North Wales. As you would expect, lots and lots of useful, up to date local and national information, news and views...
Mountain Biking in Wales
Welsh Assembly Government Website.
Offroad Adventures
This site is for all Mountain Bikers who love the challenge of an Offroad Adventure.
The UK's leading sustainable transport charity, includes map of Welsh MTB courses.
MTB Wales
Brand new look for MTB Wales the North Wales based mountain bike community that boasts over 2000 active members and over 250'000 hits a month. The community regularly organise rides and get togethers on the forums.

North West Wales Outdoor Recreation Partnership

North West Wales Outdoor Recreation Partnership
Working to achieve an active, healthy and inclusive Wales, where outdoor recreation provides a common platform for participation, fun, achievement and employment, binding local communities, creating a sustainable use and understanding of the environment.


Snowdonia Sky Sports/Chwareon Awyr Eryri
Enthusiastic and informative site from local flying club.
North Wales Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club
One of the oldest free flying clubs in the UK. Whether you're an old hand or a newly qualified paraglider or hang glider pilot, NWHGPC offer an environment where you can enjoy your flying to the full.
British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association
Oversees pilot & instructor training standards, provides technical support such as airworthiness standards, runs coaching courses for pilots... and a host of other services, providing the infrastructure within which UK hang gliding and paragliding thrive.


Surfers Against Sewage
Highly recommended site from environmental campaign group fighting for safer, cleaner recreational waters.
Magic Seaweed
Real time surf information, weather reports and global surf forecasts in our own easy to read maps, charts and graphs.
The British Surfing Association
The National Governing Body for the Sport of Surfing in Great Britain and The Channel Islands.

Tourism Bodies

Visit Wales
The Official Site for Visitors to Wales
Welsh Tourism Alliance
Bringing together a wide-ranging group of tourism industry associations and representative organisations to assist the development of the industry.


Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path site
A neat little site dedicated to the coastal path network on the island.
The Ramblers' Association
The Country's leading organisation working for walkers. Packed with useful info about walking in Wales and Great Britain. Links to local walking groups.
Snowdon Paths
Useful information about the various paths to the top of Snowdon - Pyg Track, Miners Path, Llanberis Path, Snowdon Ranger, Rhyd-Ddu etc.
Welsh Mountains (by height)
A list of the 188 highest mountains in Wales
Trefriw Trails
The site for the Trefriw Trails, some of the most scenic walks in Snowdonia.
Snowdonian Walking
In true Welsh fashion you'll have a song in your heart as you set foot into the Conwy Valley to enjoy the walks detailed here.
High Trek
Detailed list and descriptions of the 7 main routes up Snowdon.


Weather from the BBC
Good weather information from the BBCi machine. You know they always get it right.
North Wales Regional Forecast
Weather at powered by Accuweather.
Mountain Weather Wales
A new free service for Snowdonia from the Met Office, giving mountain weather conditions, visibility, freezing level, temperature and wind speeds.
BBC General 5 day weather for areas of Wales
Brief 5 day forecasts for areas of Wales inc Anglesey
Holyhead tide info
Tidal info from the Hydrographic Office
Snowdonia Mountain Weather Forecast
WTB/Visit Wales weather forecast