The Autumn Season at Crashpad Lodges and how to spend 4 days in all weather in Snowdonia
Summer 2019 at Crashpad Lodges based from Yr Helfa Fawr has been the best yet with our guests enjoying all that Crashpad and Snowdonia has to offer. The weather has been glorious, our little stream being used by many people to cool down and the BBQ fired up every night. We’ve made almost all of our energy through Crashpad’s solar and wind power making us, if my calculations are correct, 91% self sufficient. We were also awarded a 4star rating by Visit Wales topping off the best season ever!
September has arrived, the summer guests, along with the amazing weather of 2019 long gone. Autumn is well underway and we are currently gearing up Crashpad for the season ahead swapping out summer bedding for winter bedding, deep cleaning the BBQ and getting the lodge ready for fresher days and chillier nights. We’ve even updated our logo to Welsh autumnal colours.
To celebrate September this blog post is all about how to spend 3-4 days in and around the Lodge in all weather situations, for all types of guests to ensure Autumn 2019 is the best yet. Read on and start planning your Autumn get-away…
Day 1 - Get Local.
Day 1 is about exploring the area around Yr Helfa, the historic welsh building from where we run Crashpad Lodges with two options of either visiting Snowdon or venturing into the local village. To start, looking to face the front of the lodge, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) can be seen just to left, trains running up lead you to the summit. Directly behind the lodge is Moel Cynghorion (translated means ‘the Hill of the Councillors’) and climbing this hill which takes around an hour will reward you with amazing views that extend on a clear day as far as Holyhead in Anglesey and the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland can be seen across the Irish Sea, at a distance of approximately 80 miles away. Once at the summit you have two choices, either traverse to the Rangers Path to visit Yr Wddfa or take a more leisurely walk by turning right and walk onto and down Bwlch Maesgwm to Llanberis to visit the waterfalls. Llanberis Falls also known as ‘Ceunant Mawr’ which translates as ‘the waterfall of the great ravine’ are very beautiful and extremely powerful particularly after heavy rain on the mountains so be careful and stand at the safe viewing spot. Finish your day with a drink at The Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis before walking back to Crashpad Lodges taking around 30 minutes on foot.
Day 2 - Thrill seeking.
North Wales is becoming known as “the adventure capital of Europe” from where you can take part in almost any outdoor activity no matter what the weather. Adventure Parc Snowdonia in the Conwy valley is just over a 40 minute drive from Crashpad Lodges and has just launched a new weather - proof adventure facility called Adrenaline Indoors. It features Europe’s longest artificial caving systems, indoor and outdoor climbing and racer walls, leaps of faith, stunt jumps and the UK’s only kicker flight slide! Suitable for adults and children with climbing routes for children aged 5 years and up and freefall jumps for 7 up and for the even younger a soft play so everyone is catered for no matter what age.
Day 3 - Mountain biking at Coed-Y-Brenin
Experienced or beginner, from the young to old, Coed-Y-Brenin is a great day out in North Wales. Don’t worry if you don’t have a mountain bike as they can be hired from the great onsite shop called Beics Brenin. The Ffowndri skills area and bike park is a fantastic facility at Coed y Brenin. It’s ideal for beginners, just getting into the sport, right through to experienced, skilled riders. It’s split into 4 areas. Start off in the Training Zone to learn those core basic skills that will help you progress, give you confidence and make your riding more fun, then move on up through the progressively graded practice areas.
If you are unsure which of the 8 trails to ride, then head to the Singletrack Zone, where you’ll clearly see the difference between the graded trails and examples of what to expect on the trails out in the forest.
For those who are not good on two wheels, take a leisurely stroll and finish back at the onsite cafe which makes the most amazing cakes and coffee.
To drive through some amazing scenery take the route to Coed Y brenin from Crashpad Lodges through Betws y Coed. It takes a little longer but stop by Betws on the way back for the best pizza and craft beer at the Hangin Pizzaeria - it is certainly worth the drive.
Day 4 - Llyn Padarn
On your last day take a walk into Llanberis and stop at Pen-Y-Ceunant for a warm welcome and it’s legendary Bara Brith and hot chocolate. Continue to walk to Llanberis towards Llyn Padarn, one of the largest natural lakes in Wales. Across the Lake you will see an old building with red windows, this was the old quarry hospital which treated the miners from the quarries you can see all around the area. Walk towards the hospital by taking a right and following the shore of the lake. On the way to the hospital you will see the The National Slate museum which is a great place to find out more about Llanberis and what life was like in the local area and free to visit. Continue to the hospital and admire the view across Llanberis, to Snowdon and Crashpad Lodges to see take in where you have stayed and I am sure the great time you will have had.
And for those who want to squeeze in one last thrill, just past The National Slate Museum you will find Vivian Diving Centre where you can scuba dive into the quarries which are re-known for their excellent water visibility. For novices and experienced alike, the team at Vivian are very friendly and experienced, be sure to book to avoid disappointment.
So if you are looking for a unique group family holiday this autumn or a fun filled celebration with a group of friends, North Wales is the place to go. Crashpad Lodges is your perfect base to explore and with no near neighbours you really do have Snowdon to yourself. With 3 large hot showers, a large kitchen amongst other facilities, Crashpad is the perfect self catering accommodation sleeping 16 from where to base your adventure. This Autumn we are offering all guests who book between September 1st and December 1st for stays in the same period 20% off so why not book your dates and we promise you a holiday you’ll never forget.
Hope to see you soon
Adventure Parc Snowdonia
The National Slate Museum
Vivian Diving Centre Llanberis