Snowdonia’s unique walking challenge is a test of mental and physical resilience and team work and will take you on a journey of self-discovery. It is inspired by multi-day challenges used as military training events in Europe.

The first Snowdonia Challenge was held in Betws-y-Coed, North Wales in 2017.  The perfect base to explore some of the less visited parts of Snowdonia with some of the best views the national park has to offer.

This is not just about challenge and adventure though.

Come on your own or come as a team; taking part in the Snowdonia Challenge you will be part of an amazing 3 days where you will make new friends and explore parts of Snowdonia you’ve never been before.  Lots of people arrive on their own but soon become part of the big Snowdonia Challenge family.

Event details

  • When: Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June
  • Where: Betws-y-Coed, North Wales
  • Distance: 100km
  • Entry fee: £45 (non refundable)
  • Minimum fundraising target: £400
  • Optional: If you can’t commit to the full 3 days then join us for 1 or 2 days.

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What’s included

  • Snowdonia Challenge 3-day event entry
  • Accommodation throughout on a shared room basis (Vagabond Bunkhouse) First 36 trekkers only.
  • Breakfast for 4 days (Vagabond Bunkhouse)
  • Experienced tour guides and support crew, including medics
  • A full bespoke training guide
  • Snowdonia Challenge t-shirt and finishers medal

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Visit the FAQs tab for more information, or contact the Wales office on wales@soldierscharity.org  or call 029 2072 6132.

Our Training Plans  are specifically designed for this type of event. We recommend you are at ‘Tough’ or ‘Challenging’ level for this event, but even if you don’t feel fit enough yet you can start with the ‘Beginners’ plan and work your way up.

Each morning we start nice and early (7am) from the beautiful village of Betws-y-Coed. On each day we follow a different route through the stunning Snowdonia mountains and forests starting from and returning to the same place each day.

Routes will start and finish on Cae Llan which is the green in the centre of the village.

WE ARE JUST IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING SOME MINOR CHANGES TO ROUTES FOR 2019!

Maps will be available once these are finalised.

The whole event takes part over 3 days and 3 different routes totalling 100km.

TERRAIN

Terrain is a combination of paths and fields, forest tracks and tarmac. A combination of footwear is recommended depending on preference and weather.

DAY 1 – GWYDYR FOREST DAY

DISTANCE: 36KM       TOTAL ASCENT: 1761.5M

Following the forest tracks up to Llan Elsi and towards the foot of the Moelwyns and Capel Curig.

DAY 2 – OGWEN VALLEY DAY

DISTANCE: 35KM      TOTAL ASCENT: 1338.2M

Following the course of the Afon Llugwy along the Ogwen Valley with some of the best views Snowdonia has to offer.

DAY 3 – DAY OF THE LAKES

DISTANCE: 29KM     TOTAL ASCENT: 2000.5M

Heading off to the north of the village and into the Gwydyr Forest to enjoy the stunning views around Llyn Gierionydd, Llyn Crafnant and Llyn y Parc.

ROUTE SUPPORT


Routes will be well marked and marshalled the whole way by qualified Mountain Leaders and first aiders. There’s no needs to navigate, just enjoy walking, chatting and the stunning views!