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Course Overview

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Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

You'll arrive on Friday evening when you'll sign up to the following day's walk choosing from a menu of carefully selected routes or a day of winter skills training, learning to use an ice axe and crampons to keep you safe in winter conditions.

The guided walks on offer will range from 'nice and gentle' to 'highly challenging', allowing you to decide what level you'd like to walk at and how hard you want to work.

When you come down off the hill on the Saturday you'll join the other groups to enjoy freshly baked cakes and a hot cuppa as you gaze out at the Snowdon horseshoe from the terrace.
In the evening you'll enjoy a delicious dinner before retiring to chat to Joe Brown technical experts about gear, attending an equipment advice workshop or simply enjoying a drop of our locally brewed real ale whilst you talk to other walkers about their adventures in the bar.

On Sunday morning you'll head out on another walk, again selecting the appropriate level from the available list or a winter skills training day. At the end of the day's walking, you'll return to Plas y Brenin for freshly baked cakes before leaving us on Sunday evening.

With the help of Joe Brown, to encourage more walkers to enjoy a hard-earned winter break we've kept the cost of 'The Big Winter Walk' down to an absolute minimum.
All your meals (including your packed lunch), afternoon tea and cakes, a comfy bed for the nights and two day's guided walking/tuition in some of the most stunning mountains the UK has to offer - all for just £170.

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Customer Reviews For This Course

Does what it says on the tin

Catrin Williams

Fantastic, professional and welcoming staff throughout. The food was great and there was outdoor kit available for hire.

The room was clean and comfortable.

I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for future events
However a few points I'd like to note:

1. welcome to plas y brenin folder/brochure in room was not bilingual which was a bit disappointing

2. I paid for mountain insurance on the booking website but received no further documents as evidence of this

3. I paid for a single room over the phone although did not receive an email confirmation of this

4. Some guests received Joe brown discount vouchers whilst others didn't (including me!)

The Big Winter walk review

Sue Low

The facilites and accomodation were great. I was informed that I would have to share a room. When I arrived there was a list of the walks on offer but none of the instructors knew any details about the walks or whether you needed any previous experience with ice axe and crampons as the conditions were snowy and icy. After making a phone calls one of the instructors provided us with more details. I would have liked each walk to be presented with details and maps of the area with amounts of ascent. The food was fab but there was limited amounts of each menu choice so the favourites ran out quickly. I would have liked to have chosen what I wanted the night before so everyone could have what they wanted. The lamb hot pot and cheesecake looked lush but both had run out by the time the queue had died down. The instructor was very good and I would come back to do another course. Hopefully my suggestions might be considered in the future.

Sue Low

A great weekend at Plas y Brenin

Timothy Smith

My first course at Plas y Brenin and I can't wait to come back and do another !

The facilities were a real surprise - very luxurious and comfortable, and the food was great - plenty of choice and a lot of it. (I also enjoyed the bar - a bit too much!)

The real reason I came was to expand my skills to enable me to do more in my favourite mountains in Snowdonia - but in the winter. I have walked lot in this area, and really love it, but must admit being a little put off when winter came - I really wanted to get up there and take in the views - but didn't feel confident with ice axe and crampons, or knowledge of the conditions.

Our first day was spent with instructor Louise, who took us up from Cwm Idwall to the top of Y Garn, and then back down the other side to Nant Peris. Louise had time for everyone, despite our varying abilities, she advised us all on what equipment to select from the very amply stocked stores, and took the day at a very relaxed pace, but also took the time to explain as many winter skills (including practical use of ice axe and crampons) as possible during our walk.

Saturday evening was a real eye opener with guest speaker Stephen Venables talking through his astonishing life experiences and slide show.

The second day I opted for some training on navigation and instructor James took us into the woods at the base of Moel Siabod, we spent several hours rehearsing practical navigational skills before pushing on to the summit. Again James managed to pitch the training exactly right for our small groups experience and abilities, and delivered it in a very friendly and up beat manner.

I now feel a lot more confident about how to approach Snowdonia in winter, and how to use the equipment I already had, but was gathering dust in the garage, and my improved navigational skills are going to be useful all year round.

Spending a weekend at Plas y Brenin, surrounded by such fantastic scenery, with other people who love it just as much as I do was a dream, I will definitely be back (the winter ridges course sounds really good)- just got to convince my wife that the kitchen re fit will still get done this year as well ?

Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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