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The Big Winter Walk (28-29 Jan)

Course Overview

We've teamed up with Joe Brown Shops to bring you this weekend of enjoyable winter walking with our instructors and the technical equipment experts from Joe Brown.
Choose from a range of guided walks at a level that suits you or opt for a day of winter skills training, learning how to use an ice axe and crampons to keep you safe or improving your winter navigation skills. A weekend of incredible scenery, invaluable learning and great company.
There will be evening workshops on all aspects of gear selection including boot and rucksack fitting provided by the enthusiastic staff at Joe Brown where you can talk in depth about what clothing, footwear and equipment that is best suited to you.

All your meals (including your packed lunch), afternoon tea and cakes, a comfy bed for two nights and two day's guided walking in some of the most stunning mountains the UK has to offer - all for just £170.

Please Note: The Welsh winter can be fickle, and snow and ice conditions cannot be guaranteed. Throughout the course we will have a flexible approach to the programme to make the best possible use of the prevailing conditions. If there is no snow the course will still run.

Experience Required

No experience required

Scheduled Dates

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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.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool

    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.

If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.

If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or

follow this link for more details

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Warm outdoor wear e.g. walking trousers, thermals/base layers, fleeces, good quality walking socks

  • Warm hat, balaclava (if you have one), neck gaiter/buff

  • Gloves and mitts - 1 pair to wear and 1 for spare plus mitts to go over the top (if you have them)

  • Mountaineering boots B2 or B3 - if you don't have B2 or B3 boots then bring your normal walking boots for any days you don't need crampons

  • Crampons (with anti-balling plate)

  • Ice Axe

  • Helmet

  • Harness (for Mountaineering and Winter Ridges courses only)

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Day rucksack 30-40 litres

  • Rucksack liner (e.g. rubble bag or dry bag)

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Blister kit

  • Head torch and spare batteries

  • Snow googles (if you have them if not sunglasses)

  • Compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended)

  • Maps - OS 17 Snowdon & Conwy Valley 1:25,000 (and OS 115 Snowdon 1:50,000 for navigation courses). Laminated maps are great as you don't need a map case and you can make notes, mark points etc. (Can be purchased from our shop)

  • Fine permanent pen (for writing on laminated maps)

The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores so you don't need to rush out and but them. If you are wishing to borrow any of these items please ensure you return your equipment loan form. Download your equipment loan form here.

  • Walking boots/mountaineering boots (B2/B3)

  • Day rucksack

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Compass

  • Crampons

  • Ice axe

  • Helmet

  • Harness

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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